On Meet the Press Sunday morning, host David Gregory grilled RNC Chairman Reince Priebus over Karl Rove’s recent musings on Hillary Clinton’s cognitive status following a 2011 concussion, asking if Priebus thought the comments might backfire on the party, and whether the GOP’s “mission” was to persuade Clinton not to run.
“I’m not a doctor,” Priebus said. “What I do know is the issue will come up as it does for any person running for president. What I think is going to make her rethink whether she should actually run for president — by the way, I don’t actually think she will, if she has another month like she just had —”
“That what I want to follow up on,” Gregory said. “Is the mission to persuade her not to run?”
“It’s not the mission,” Priebus replied. “But she’s coming out with a book called Hard Choices or something like that. She’s made a series of bad choices. …Benghazi shouldn’t be swept under the rug; four diplomats have died. Boko Haram: these people have over 200 girls in Nigeria. The Syria issue.”
“My view, though, is given the month she just had, I actually doubt whether or not she will run for president in 2016,” Priebus continued. “I know a lot of people around her want her to run, and I think that they’re purposely creating this environment around here which is causing us to talk about her today.”
Watch the clip below, via NBC News:
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