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RNC Chair Priebus on That Last Debate: We Must Prioritize ‘Dignity and Respect’

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus probably has one of the more thankless jobs these days, thanks to the chaotic mess that is the 2016 Republican presidential primary election. On Sunday morning’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Priebus was tasked with trying to throw cold water on the idea of a contested convention, reassure voters that the party will be “100 percent for the nominee” no matter who it is, and to issue a desperate plea for some kind of dignity:

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Well, look, you know, it’s a contentious primary. And obviously, George, there’s plenty of drama and intrigue. I agree. I think the tone should improve. And I would hope that at the next debate, things are improved over the last debate as far as tone and rhetoric. And I agree with every word that you just read from our growth and opportunity report. And I think it’s really important. I think dignity and respect is something that should be at the center of everything that we do.

Of course, unless Republican frontrunner Donald trump actually whips it out at the next debate, it can’t help but be an improvement on the last one, but even by that low standard, there are no guarantees.

Watch the video above, via ABC News.

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