WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — Democratic strategist and former President Bill Clinton adviser James Carville said the Republican Party knows the stakes against “presumptive” Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, declaring that if the GOP loses the 2016 presidential election the party will be pushed into extinction.
Speaking on Sunday’s ABC “This Week,” Carville discussed various scenarios that may play out in the 2016 presidential election. Carville noted that Common Core education standards will not decide who the GOP ultimately nominates, but instead how a candidate’s “electability” stacks up against Clinton’s prospective campaign representing the Democratic Party.
“Everybody is going to have a poll showing how they fare in the general election against Hillary,” said Carville. “That is going to be — they’re not going to not nominate somebody because of common core, just me. 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, it will.”
“We heard that in 2008,” Laura Ingraham interjected.
“This will be the sixth out of seventh election they’ve lost the popular vote,” continued Carville. “The Republicans want to win this. And they will do – that’s going to be the biggest issue in January 2016. ‘I can beat Hilllary Clinton. We have to win this election.”
Although former Secretary of State Clinton has shied away from any sort of official announcement to run for president in 2016, speculation and Super PAC fundraising for her prospective campaign have already begun.
Vice President Joe Biden continues to trail Clinton as the Democratic Party’s presidential favorite, and a recent Iowa poll of the crucial “self-described Iowa Caucus goers” also placed Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren ahead of Biden.
On the Republican side, 11 percent of Republican Iowans likely to take part in the 2016 caucuses said that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who unsuccessfully ran for the party nomination in 2008, would be their primary choice for the GOP nomination.
The show’s guests noted the increasing strength of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who, along with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, trailed just slightly behind Huckabee, each with 10 percent of those polled putting them at the top of their presidential picks.