WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Is the Republican Party embracing Donald Trump?
The billionaire presidential candidate was named one of the 10 who will take part in Fox News’ primetime Republican presidential debate on Thursday. Speaking to “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Trump could be good for the party.
“It’s raw and I think it’s real and I think that people are upset with government, I think they’re upset with both parties … Donald Trump tapping into that,” Priebus said. “I actually think it could be quite good for our party because I think what you’re seeing is a lot of people that were frustrated with politics are saying, ‘Well maybe I’ve got an outlet here.’ And if they’re coming and tuning into our debate tomorrow night and getting involved in our party I think that ultimately could be very helpful.”
Priebus’ comments come a month after he said Trump should soften his rhetoric about Mexican immigrants being criminals and rapists.
Trump never backed down from his controversial remarks as national polls show him as the favorite so far among Republican primary voters.
Priebus said that every candidate needs to bring their “A game” tomorrow night.
“Every candidate’s going to have to use every tiny second they have to make an impact, get right to the answer. There’s not going to be a lot of wasted time … every candidates going to have to bring their A game and it has to be done quickly and concisely,” Priebus told “CBS This Morning.”
Trump was far and away the front-runner in the five most recent national polls that determined the debate lineup. Several candidates were grouped together in the single digits, most separated by a number smaller than the margin of error.
“I probably am the target,” Trump said Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He said he did not want to attack any of his rivals and preferred to “just discuss the issues” in the course of a “very civil” debate. Still, he made clear that if attacked, he would have “to do something back.”
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