RNC Chair: I Don’t Fear Hillary Clinton

By Melanie Arter | May 19, 2014 | 4:16 PM EDT

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus in an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” said he doesn’t fear his party having to run against Hillary Rodham Clinton in the upcoming presidential race, because she has “decades of history for us to explore.”

“No, I don't-- actually, I don't fear. I think Hillary's a known product. Actually, I think it's sometimes worse running against a blank slate. Hillary has decades of history for us to explore,” said Priebus.

Host David Gregory asked Priebus, “Is she the candidate that you, as the head of the Republican Party, most fear?”

Priebus said not only does he not fear a Republican candidate going against Mrs. Clinton in a presidential race, but her political background, as recently as Secretary of State as well as the brains behind Hillarycare, the failed health care reform proposal she pitched during the Clinton administration, gives the GOP “decades of history for us to explore.”

“You know, her role in HillaryCare, when she was First Lady. Her Senate experience, where there's nothing significant to point to. And her secretary of state experience, which is not just not significant, but there's all kinds of problems for her,” Priebus said.

Priebus said Hillary Clinton “made a series of bad choices” – Benghazi, Boko Haram, Syria.

“And this writer that you just quoted, talk about sweeping things under the rug. Benghazi shouldn't be swept under the rug, four diplomats had died. Boko Haram, these people have over 200 girls in Nigeria. The Syria issue,” Priebus said.

“Let's be clear, because there will be a lot of follow-up on that. Are you suggesting that somehow Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, who got started an independent review of what happened at Benghazi was trying to sweep Benghazi under the rug?” Gregory asked.

“Well, she is trying to sweep Benghazi under the rug. She absolutely is. And if you want any evidence of that, ask the families of people who lost their sons in Benghazi. They've talked plenty about what happened in Benghazi,” Preibus said.

“It doesn't mean that she swept it under the rug,” said Gregory. “They may be dissatisfied, right, with—”

“Well, when Senator Johnson tried to ask her questions about Benghazi and her response is, ‘What difference does it make?’ I can assure you that that will be an issue if she does decide to run,” said Priebus.

“My view, though, David, is that, given the month she just had, I actually doubt very much whether she actually will run for president in 2016. I know a lot of people around her want her to run. And I think that they're purposely creating this environment around her,” he added.