Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says he is confident the GOP will win the White House in 2016 if they are able to maintain control of the nominating process.
Priebus appeared Sunday on "The Cats Roundtable"
on New York's AM 970 and admitted that the party was in "a pretty bad place" four years ago. He told host John Catsimatidis he is working on getting the GOP back to being a national party.
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Priebus has previously vowed to prevent what he calls a "slice and dice" primary as was seen in 2012, where a large number of candidates appeared in a plethora of debates, sometimes hosted by what the GOP saw as unfriendly hosts.
Next time, the primary calendar will shrink from six months to about 60 days, Priebus said.
"And then we’re getting control of our debates," he said. "It became a 23-debate traveling circus. We’re not going to have any more than nine debates. And we’re going to help pick the moderators and debate partners this time around as well."
The party also announced recently it will be holding its convention on July 18, 2016, in Cleveland. It is the earliest it has held the convention since 1980, he said.
Priebus said he is happy with 2014's midterms, which gave Republicans control of both houses of Congress, but he said they aren't resting on their laurels.
Republicans must control the White House if they have any hope of getting their agenda passed, he said. That is evident by the multiple vetoes President Barack Obama has promised, he said.
One of those promised vetoes is on legislation approving the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. But Priebus said there is a chance Obama will sign it if he fears his veto will be overturned. Several Democrats favor the pipeline for jobs it would produce as well as making the United States less dependent on foreign oil.
Action on Keystone might take place in the Senate within two weeks, Priebus said.
But Priebus admitted nothing is guaranteed with Obama, whom he accused of living in "an alternative universe."
"The president is marching to the beat of his own drum on Keystone," he said. "He doesn't seem to care if people are in favor or legislation or not."
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