The Republican Party is "cooked" if it fails to take back the White House in 2016, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says.
In an interview with the Washington Examiner
, Priebus said a Republican president is essential following two terms of a Democrat in control.
"We're cooked as a party for quite a while if we don't win in 2016," he told the Examiner.
But Priebus adds he doesn't anticipate a disastrous election for the GOP because "history is on our side."
"Our job as a national party is to elect Republicans, and it generally means House, Senate, presidential," Priebus told the Examiner.
"However, I think that we have become, unfortunately, a midterm party that doesn't lose and a presidential party that's had a really hard time winning.
"We're seeing more and more that if you don't hold the White House, it's very difficult to govern in this country — especially in Washington D.C."
In a Washington Post
piece published Thursday and titled "The GOP was Right to Fear Clinton," columnist Eugene Robinson said Republicans lack a "compelling" message on many issues:
"How can government help the middle class? With a higher minimum wage? With a mandate for businesses to offer paid family leave? With assistance in paying for higher education, perhaps even free tuition at public universities? With trade and tax policies that encourage keeping jobs in the United States?" Robinson writes.
"The Democratic candidates understand that these are the issues people care most about. [Donald] Trump gets it, too, in his own bombastic way. A party that goes into the election without a compelling message on jobs and incomes — I'm talking to you, GOP establishment — is begging to lose."
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