A fired up Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus continued to stand firm Monday night on his vow that the party will not participate in any 2016 presidential primary debates with either CNN or NBC if they air programming about Hillary Clinton.
Priebus told Fox News’ Sean Hannity the networks are prepared to spend “millions of dollars” on the Clinton documentaries promoting a person they know is a top Democratic contender for president.
“It’s about time that our party stands up and protects the party and our candidates from networks that are not in the business of doing anything but promoting the Democratic Party,” Priebus said.
“I think it’s about time that we cut out those people that are actually spending their time and money promoting our opponents. I’m not going to sit around and let it happen anymore, that’s all I’m saying,” he continued.
Priebus sent letters Monday morning telling both networks they have until mid-August to decide to pull the programming or else the GOP will not participate in any primary debates on their networks.
Priebus’ point is that the networks can hold off on airing the shows about Clinton until she decides if she is running for president. If she decides not to in 2016, then the networks can produce the shows, he said.
Recalling the nightmare of the repeated liberal-leaning moderators in the 2012 debate cycle, Priebus said, “We’ve got a bunch of moderators who are in the business of making news at the expense of our party and our candidates.”
“For the first time in the history of our party, the Republican National Committee has rule making authority and we can tie the debate calendar,” Priebus explained. “We can tie who the moderators are going to be to the nomination for president in our rulebook. We couldn’t do that before.”
“I’m happy to hear you say this,” Hannity told Priebus.
Watch Priebus show backbone via Mediaite: