During a roundtable discussion about the electability of Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, Democratic strategist James Carville said the GOP will be extinct if it doesn’t win the White House in 2016.
Roundtable member Laura Ingraham was asked by host George Stephanopoulos about how the crowd received Paul during an appearance in New Hampshire over the weekend.
“He’s out early and saying a lot,” Ingraham said. “You wonder at times if it’s too much too early. James talked about this point of probability, another word, electability.”
Carville offered a prediction.
“Fast forward to January 2016,” Carville said. “The most likely, though not the only, scenario is Hillary Clinton as the presumptive nominee. Everybody’s going to have a poll in the field showing how they fare against Hillary. They’re not going to not nominate somebody because of Common Core.”
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has endorsed the controversial Common Core curriculum standards, much to the disappointment of many in his party.
“Trust me,” Carville warned. “The party knows, and I use this word advisedly, that if it loses the 2016 presidential election, the Republican Party as we know it today will be extinct.”
Ingraham was not so sure.
“We heard that in 2008, too,” she said.
“This will be the sixth out of seven elections in which they’ve lost the popular vote,” Carville replied. “The Republicans want to win this. That will be the biggest issue in January 2016: How can we beat Hillary Clinton?”
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