Priebus: RNC Already Targeting Clinton Ahead of 2016

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Thursday, 05 Dec 2013 10:18 AM

By Melanie Batley

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The Republican National Committee has already begun targeting Hillary Clinton as the presumed Democratic presidential nominee in an early bid to set the tone and gain traction in the 2016 race.

During an interview with radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said that while the organization is focused on the 2014 midterm elections, it is already investigating ways to attack Clinton's record and lay the groundwork for her GOP challenger, Politico reports.

"Our research shop, along with America Rising, has been focusing in on Hillary Clinton. But I agree with you that there needs to be a more of a focus," Priebus told Hewitt.

"I think that we have to be very aggressive on what she's done or hasn't done. And the things that she is famous for, like a botched healthcare rollout in the 90s, and Benghazi, and the things that she is involved with that are or went obviously pretty badly, we need to focus in on."

Priebus also revealed that the RNC is responsible for at least some of the "rough stuff" criticizing Clinton that makes its way into the media.

"I think that there's a lot of rough stuff coming out on Hillary that, you know, it doesn't just come out of thin air. It comes from somewhere. And sometimes, it comes from us, and sometimes, it comes from other groups," Priebus said.

Early polls overwhelmingly indicate that the former secretary of state is favored to win her party's nomination and is in the lead against all potential GOP presidential contenders.

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