Hillary Clinton has kept a low-profile as the 2016 presidential race heats up — and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says it keeps her out of trouble.
"Politically, it's smart for her to be M.I.A. Because every time she shows up and starts getting involved in politics — something always goes bad," Priebus said Monday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"Whether it be cursing, [saying that she and Bill Clinton are] dead broke, going on a boat tour that's a flop or arguing with Sen. [Ron] Johnson over Benghazi — every time she shows up, something bad happens.
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Priebus said Clinton's lackluster performance in politics is "something that people on both sides of the aisle can agree."
"She's got a lot of titles and I'm sure it looks real good on a piece of paper, but when it comes to the day-to-day operation of politics, she's not very good at it. Her being M.I.A. is probably a good thing for her," he said.
The former secretary of state is the presumed Democratic choice and front runner for the 2016 presidential race. In a similar situation, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has just dropped out on the Republican side.
Priebus believes Romney's decision not to seek the GOP nomination for a third time, "probably simplifies" things a bit for the Republican Party, which has over two dozen potential candidates.
"Obviously, it gets pretty complicated when you get all of these candidates involved. I'm not against a lot of people being involved, but I am against the process that can turn into a circus, which is what I am trying to prevent," Priebus added.
Priebus said he wants the selection of a Republican nominee to be reasonable while still "allowing for debate, allowing for people to get involved, but also not allowing for 23 debates in a six month, out-of-control primary process from taking place.
"I'm trying to find that happy medium in a limited amount of debates [that are] enough, but not too many. And a shortened primary process that gets us to the general election faster."
Asked by Steve Malzberg what the ideal number of candidates would be, Priebus said:
"I don't know. Enough that you can contain the process into a reasonable intelligent process so that people feel they can engage and pick the right nominee.
"It's up to the delegates, not up to me and not up to anybody at the RNC."
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