RNC Press Secretary: GOP Will Be 'One Big Team' in November

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 01:55 PM

By Courtney Coren

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The Republican Party will be "one big team" for the midterm elections despite differences between tea party and establishment candidates, said Kirsten Kukowski, deputy communications director and national press secretary for the Republican National Committee.

"It looks like people are getting on board with who our Republican primary voters have elected in these states and that's a really good sign and we're all going to be one big team," Kukowski told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV.

As the Republican primaries conclude, Kukowski said the RNC is happy "to be hitting Democrats now."

"As each of these primaries is done on our side, it obviously frees everybody up to be on the same page and start going after the Democrats," she said.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell defeated tea party candidate Matt Bevin in the Kentucky primary Tuesday, 60 percent to 35 percent.

The Kentucky Republican will face Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state, in November. The two candidates were in a dead heat in a recent poll. 

Kukowski said she is confident that McConnell will "run a great campaign" and that odds are in his favor because Lundergan Grimes is a weak candidate.

"She just isn't polished. She isn't poised, she hasn't figured out how to answer a lot of questions and that's going to be a problem for her," Kukowski said.

In Georgia, the two candidates that rose to the top in the primary are also considered "establishment" Republicans. Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue must still battle in a runoff in July. The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in the November contest to replace retiring GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

Kukowski said that there will be a lot of opportunities to criticize Democrat candidates  depending on "what their answers are" concerning the various scandals facing the administration of President Barack Obama.

For example, she said that "Nunn actually said she was going to defer to the president on the VA scandal."

For both Kentucky and Georgia, the RNC deputy communications director said that "the president is going to be a problem."

"Neither of these candidates for the Democrats have figured out, are they with Obama or are they against Obama?" she said. "How are they going to message him, how are they going to message the healthcare law?"

In Oregon, pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby won the Republican primary and is set to face Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley in November.

The RNC deputy communications director said that Democrats are "very, very concerned" about Wehby and it only helps the GOP if Democrats have to spend money there.

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