Republican Party Chairman: 'We're a Young, Fresh Party'

By Susan Jones | January 13, 2014 | 7:36 AM EST

Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus (AP File Photo)

( - Who will run for president in 2016 on the Republican side?

"[W]e have a lot of good candidates that are at least percolating right now," GOP Chairman Reince Priebus told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. "And I've got a couple 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."

Priebus said the ongoing traffic-jam scandal won't disqualify New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie from running for president.

Asked about presumed Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, Priebus described her as a "political person."

"And I think what this country's starving for are real authentic people that want to serve this country with a pure heart. And when they read these things about Hillary Clinton, when they examine her life, they question it. And I think that this is something that is going to be potentially on the ballot coming 2016 and surrounds Hillary Clinton where ever 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 I think that Robert Gates's book shows that once again."

In his memoir "Duty," Gates writes that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "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."