ICYMI: Chairman Priebus on Morning Shows
WASHINGTON— Today, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus appeared on ABC, CBS and NBC morning shows to discuss calling on CNN and NBC to drop their plans to air programs on Hillary Clinton, ahead of her likely candidacy for president in 2016. If the networks don’t comply, the Chairman refuses to partner with these networks for Republican presidential primary debates.
View highlights below and read the Chairman’s letters to CNN and NBC here: http://ow.ly/nEK6S
ABC Good Morning America
CLAIRE SHIPMAN: …Enough say raveled Republicans who call the projects political ads.
CHAIRMAN REINCE PRIEBUS: If you move forward, we’re done. We’re done playing in the sand box and going through this song and dance, as if everything’s hunky dory. It’s not.
SHIPMAN: The RNC told both networks they will host no primary debates if the projects are aired.
CHAIRMAN PRIEBUS: I’m not going to expose our candidates to this kind of treatment.
Watch clip here: http://ow.ly/nFWG3
CBS This Morning
CHAIRMAN REINCE PRIEBUS: I think it’s unfair.
JAN CRAWFORD: On Monday, Republican Party Chair Reince Priebus fired off letters to NBC and CNN calling each movie a “thinly-veiled attempt” to influence the 2016 election. Priebus issued a warning: stop production or be cut off from hosting a GOP primary debate.
CHAIRMAN PRIEBUS: If this is what the networks want to do, promoting one person who might being running for President, then you’re not going to be hosting debates and deposing the candidates that are running for President in 2016 on the Republican side of the aisle.
Watch clip here: http://ow.ly/nFX0v
NBC Today Show
PETER ALEXANDER: Will she or won’t she? Hilary Clinton hasn’t tipped her hand for 2016 but some Republicans say the former Secretary of State is already getting a boost from two major networks, NBC and CNN.
CHAIRMAN REINCE PRIEBUS: They’re promoting Hilary Clinton and they’re going to spend millions of dollars doing it.
ALEXANDER: Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is upset with NBC for a four hour miniseries to be produced by its entertainment division. Diane Lane already booked to play Clinton, and CNN for a documentary on Clinton to air next year. On Monday, Priebus fired off letters to the networks calling the programs a “thinly-veiled attempt at putting a thumb on the scales of the 2016 presidential election,” threatening to block NBC and CNN from hosting Republican primary debates in 2016 if the planned productions aren’t cancelled by next Wednesday.
CHAIRMAN PRIEBUS: We have a responsibility as a Party to make the choices as to who our debate partners are.
Watch clip here: http://ow.ly/nFWSL