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RNC's Priebus: Hillary an Even 'Weaker' Candidate Than I Thought

By    |   Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 10:41 PM

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus slammed possible presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as "not very good at politics," deriding her unimpressive record and mistake-prone "stumbles."

In an interview with The Washington Post, Priebus said the former secretary of State and senator from New York is an even "weaker" candidate than he thought she was six months ago.

"I think she's just not very good at politics," Priebus says. "She stumbles all the time. I'm just not impressed with her political acumen....

"It's just surprising how many mistakes she makes for someone that's supposed to be as good as she is."

Priebus says her list of weaknesses is as long as her resume.

"Her book rollout. The issue with Benghazi. Her time as first lady was riddled with controversy," he tells The Post. "Very little done in the Senate. Secretary of state – not much to point to, if not fairly negative results."

Yet he concedes, "She's an accomplished person, there's no question."

"But I think if you peel back the onion a little bit and examine the results, I don't think it's very impressive," he declares.

Despite his denouncement of her political skills, Priebus concedes she'd be a tough opponent should she decide to take another run at the White House in 2016.

The Post has previously reported she's expected to declare her intentions in the spring.

"We have to be just about perfect to win a presidential election," Priebus said of the GOP.

"She’s got high name identification, she’s a known commodity, obviously. It’s a big cultural vote in this country [and] we have to figure out how to win cultural votes in this country.

"We’re a good midterm party," he added. "We’ve had trouble winning presidential elections. I think all of that together is a challenge for us."

Democratic National Committee spokesman Mo Elleithee, in a statement to The Post, ridiculed Preibus's assessment.

"If he thinks it's good politics for Republicans to sue the government to stop immigration reform, celebrate a government shutdown, vote against equal pay, and invite as your keynote speaker a guy who compares America to Nazi Germany, then by all means, Mr. chairman.... Dispense more advice," Elleithee said.

Conservative retired surgeon Dr. Ben Carson, who has compared present-day America to Nazi Germany, spoke to the Republican National Committee's winter meeting, defending the controversial remark, the National Journal reports.

Carson is mulling a bid for the White House as well.

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