GOP Chair Reince Priebus Repels Chuck Todd's 'Gotcha' Questioning

"And I brought up the Vice President of the United States…CHUCK"

On Wednesday's The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd, RNC Chairman Rence Priebus had a sharp rejoinder for Todd when Todd criticized a Texas GOP member. Todd started the exchange by playing a clip of an insensitive remark by a staffer at the Texas GOP. When Priebus responded that gaffes are made by both parties. and used Vice-President Biden as an example, Todd answered that the Texan had a senior position.

Priebus was having none of that, firing back, "And I brought up the Vice President of the United States…CHUCK."

Priebus was on the MSNBC program to explain the changes made by the RNC since they published the 2012 election postmortem a year ago. Todd started by insinuating that Priebus had little power to affect the messaging of GOP candidates, and could only affect the mechanics of a campaign. Priebus responded that there was a difference in the way a presidential campaign should be addressed as opposed to a mid-term election. But Todd was not to be dissuaded from the attack he had planned. The exchange continued:

Todd:

Well, let's talk about -- obviously, there's been messaging aids, and in the messaging issues, when you look at your report, you talked about figuring out better ways to talk to women. Better ways to talk to African-Americans, Asians, Hispanics. But here's the executive director of the Texas Republican Party. Let me play a sound bite of what she said on the issue of equal pay.

(video of woman saying) Men are better negotiators, and I would encourage women instead of pursuing the courts for action to become better negotiators.

And I know -- now, Chairman Priebus, I know you're going to say you can't speak and defend everybody's comments, but this is somebody representing the Republican Party in the state of Texas. These things accumulate.

Prebious:

Well, both sides -- one side doesn't have a monopoly on these kinds of comments. When Joe Biden said, you know, whatever he said, we want to break you from these chains, listen; he's the Vice President of the United States of America. You're pointing out some staffer at a state GOP office. You know, I mean, the fact is --

Todd:

Well, executive director. It's person running -- this person is running for the state party of Texas. I mean, it's not a small position.

Prebious:

And I brought up the Vice President of the United States…CHUCK.

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