ABC News’ Rick Klein (@rickklein) reports: With Republicans voicing worry about the choices they face in the 2012 campaign, we caught up with the head of the Republican Party today for his take on the GOP prospects vying to take on President Obama.
If no other candidates get in the race, will Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus be satisfied with the field?
“Absolutely,” Priebus told us today on ABC’s “Top Line.” “I think that all of our choices, so far, are better than where this president is taking our country. And in fact, most Americans agree with me. I think the president, right now, sits at his all-time lowest approval rating with regard to the economy, and the last I checked, the economy is the number one issue.”
“It’s the Republicans that are offering solutions and it’s the Democrats that want to avoid the conversation and talk about other things, and you know, go around and raise money. And that’s what this president is good at, and that’s what he’s doing.”
Priebus said he doesn’t see the president as stronger politically because of the killing of Osama bin Laden.
“I’m grateful for the fact that Osama bin Laden is — he’s dead, and thank God for that,” he said. “And I appreciate all the work that the military and the intelligence agencies and the president did in making sure that this happened. But I think at the end of the day this is going to be pocketbook issues. This is an election about jobs. And unfortunately this president’s only concerned about his own job. And I think the American people will see through that easily.”
As the man many consider to be the Republican frontrunner lays out his health care plan today, Priebus said he expects that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will address his own record on health care in his home state “at some point,” if not directly today.
“I’m certain that he will address that at some point. And I think he’ll make the case that that, you know, what the president has done with universal health care is something that the American people aren’t looking to endorse or to have stay in place. And that we have to get serious about our economy. And this president clearly is whistling past the graveyard.”
Still, Priebus said he isn’t hearing an outcry among Republican activists about Romney’s health care record: “I don’t hear about that,” he said. “No, I hear that people are anxious to replace this president.”
He also suggested that Democratic efforts to attack Republicans for seeking to cut Medicare will backfire with a public that’s sick of runaway spending.
“I’m not worried about that at all. I think that the American people are worried about a country that is about to walk off a fiscal cliff,” Priebus said. “I think that most Americans understand that Medicare as it stands right now — and what this president is putting forward — is a system that will go bankrupt in nine years. The Republicans are the only ones talking about solutions about how to save Medicare and Social Security for future generations.”
“And so I’m comfortable with this debate and I think that–I think it’s the Democrats that are in peril, because they’re the ones that are ignoring the debate. They want to increase the debt limit with no spending controls. They don’t want to address Medicare, they’d rather demagogue on the issue. They’ve proposed the biggest deficits in the history of our country. And we have crushing debts that are facing our kids and grandkids that the Democrats have done nothing about.”
“I think people are getting that we have a president who loves to give speeches. He loves to talk. But at the end of the day, he doesn’t like following through on his promises. And I think that’s going to be his ultimate demise in the upcoming election.”
Watch the full interview with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus HERE: