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Fox’s Wallace Battles GOPers: How Will You Deal with Tea Party ‘Split’?

Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace took on two GOP lawmakers Sunday morning, trying to get them to comment on a “split” within the GOP that contributed to the surprising loss of outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) last Sunday.

Wallace interrogated tea partier Tom Price (R-GA) on whether the tea party faction of the GOP would revolt if a tea partier wasn’t chosen for one of the two open leadership positions,* and National Republican Congressional Committee chair Greg Walden (R-OR) on how other Republican incumbents plan on keeping back primary challenges.

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Both men skirted the question of the “split,” arguing that opposition to the Obama administration would paper over any divide in the party. “But gentlemen, there is a split,” Wallace objected, citing Cantor rival Dave Brat’s opposition to immigration as a perfect example.

Walden acknowledged that immigration “played a role” in Cantor’s defeat, but argued that the surprise loss was due to a host of individualized factors, and did not represent a national schism within the party.

* As in, if Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) gets Majority Leader, opening up Whip.

Watch the clip below, via Fox News:

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