Meet the Press   |  January 12, 2014

Priebus Talks Clinton Portrayal in Gates’ Tell-All

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus weighs in on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s portrayal in a recent book by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

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>> let me ask you about your potential opponents for the republican party in 2016 , and that's hillary clinton . we'll talk more about the robert gates book. he writes this in part over the debate on afghanistan. hillary clinton , the secretary of state, told the president that her opposition to the 2007 surge in iraq had been political because she was facing him in the iowa primary . the president conceded vaguely that opposition to the iraq surge had been political. to hear the two of them making these admissions, and in front of me, was as surprising as it was dismaying. certainly liberal democrats may have an issue with her taking a position as reported by robert gates . how do you view it?

>> i think she's a political person, and i think what this country is stampbing for are real, authentic people that want to serve this country with a pure heart . when they read these things about hillary clinton and examine her life, they question it. and i think this is something that is going to be potentially on the ballot coming 2016 and surrounds hillary clinton wherever she goes. is she real? is she authentic? is she genuine? does she want to serve this country with a pure heart ? i think she's political and the book shows that.

>> is chris christie still a front-runner or does he face a personality problem?

>> we have a lot of good candidates that are at least percolating right now, and we've got a cup from my own state of wisconsin. so i think we've got a great bench. we're a young, fresh party, and we'll see what happens.

>> chairman reince priebus, thanks as always. appreciate it.

>> thank you, david.