WASHINGTON - This morning, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" with Candy Crowley to discuss the events in Benghazi, the state of the race and the GOP's superior ground game. Highlights follow:
On the Events in Benghazi:
CHAIRMAN PRIEBUS: "There are two things people are talking about, they are talking about the economy, and they're talking about what happened in Benghazi. Why after a cry for help to Leon Panetta and after the president gave a directive to protect -- he claims he gave a directive to protect those people, Panetta got a cry for help. Panetta now claims that he didn't -- he told the personnel to stand down. So, either the president didn't give the directive or the president isn't being truthful or perhaps Leon Panetta acted as Commander in Chief. That's what -- this is the subject right now that people are talking about, and the economy."
Click here to view: http://goo.gl/cwK3g
Wisconsin is on the Map: "They Haven't Been Able to Win There in a Long Time":
CHAIRMAN PRIEBUS: "Well, he can say whatever he wants to say. I mean, they haven't been able to win in Wisconsin for a long time. They claim that the Obama machine was out during the Walker recall. We basically crushed them in Wisconsin. I have seen firsthand the difference between Obama's rhetoric on their ground game and the reality, and the reality is they're not as good as they think they are. But overall besides the ground game talk, this is about the president's policies, the current state of the economy. It is a complete disaster. And only one person has been very clear on a plan to get this economy back on track, and that's been Governor Romney. The president still hasn't delivered anything serious as a plan. And that's his problem. There's nothing there, Candy. Other than perhaps proving Clint Eastwood right."
Click here to view: http://goo.gl/9XkQV
On the GOP's Superior Ground Game:
CHAIRMAN PRIEBUS: "They're telling you where we're ahead in early voting. What they're not telling you is that they are a fraction of where they were in 2008. They're not where they were in 2008. We're far ahead of where we were in 2008. We're going to be -- you know, our ground game is better than their ground game. We are going to do more voter contacts this year than all of 2008 and all of 2004 combined. We have an army on the ground, Candy."
CANDY CROWLEY: "How do you know your ground game is better? We've always wondered this. How do you know that?"
CHAIRMAN PRIEBUS: "That's a good question. Because you can't fake the numbers. We have voiceover Internet phones. We have real-time -- We use Google maps, iPhones, iPads, we do survey questions door to door. They get transferred instantly -- they're instantly transferred on computer dashboards, so I can tell you in a second at 1:30 today if you came by the RNC, I could show you what offices and we can put 40 offices in Ohio, 50 offices in Florida up on a screen, and I can tell you here's what's happening in Youngstown, here's what's happening in Hialeah, Florida. Instantly. So, the numbers are the numbers. They don't -- they're not created by us. We've got a ground game that is second to none, and the momentum is with us, and in a tie race, again, the challenger always wins in a tie race."
Click here to view: http://goo.gl/Uey2P
GOP Chairman Reince Priebus