Ed Gillespie

  • Aired:  02/17/11
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Ed Gillespie doesn't think Reince Priebus will be as quotable as Michael Steele, but he's doing a good job as the new RNC chairman. (7:52)

SO ASK YOUR KIDS.

FIRST OF ALL, CONGRATULATIONS ON

EVERYTHING.

IN YOUR ROLE FOR THE STATE

LEADERSHIP, YOU GUYS HAVE

TAKEN... THE REPUBLICANS HAVE

TAKEN CONTROL OF MANY OF THE

STATE LEGISLATORS.

IS THAT CORRECT?

>> 21 FLIPD FROM DEMOCRAT TO

REPUBLICAN IN THE NOVEMBER 2

ELECTIONS.

WE'VE GOT 690-SEAT GAIN WHICH IS

THE MOST EVER FOR EITHER PARTY

IN ONE ELECTION.

SO IT WAS A GOOD DAY.

>> Jon: SO HOW MANY NOW OVERALL

ARE CONTROLLED BY REPUBLICANS?

>> 55.

SO A MAJORITY OF THE STATE

LEGISLATURES ARE REPUBLICAN.

>> Jon: HOW MUCH OF A DIFFERENCE

DOES THAT MAKE IN NATIONAL

ELECTIONS IS?

BECAUSE I TEND TO THINK... YOU

SAW THOSE SWING STATES WHEN THEY

WERE CONTROLLED BY REPUBLICAN

GOVERNORS THEY TENDED TO THEN--

THE ONES ON THE CUSP THERE-- GO

REPUBLICAN.

THE ONES THAT WERE CONTROLLED BY

DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS TENDED TO

GO OVER THERE.

IS IT A BIG DEAL?

>> ALL ALONG THE GREAT LAKES WE

MADE HUGE GAINS-- WISCONSIN,

MINNESOTA, OHIO, MICHIGAN,

INDIANA PICKED UP STATEHOUSES,

FLIPPED THEM FROM DEMOCRATIC TO

REPUBLICAN.

BUT THEN ALSO THIS IS THE YEAR

OF THE REDISTRICTING

APPORTIONMENT SO THE STATE

LEGISLATURES WILL DRAW THE NEW

DISTRICT LINES....

>> Jon: IS THAT EVERY TEN YEARS

THEY DO THAT?

>> EVERY TEN YEARS AND THIS IS

THE YEAR FOR IT AND THAT WILL

AFFECT THE CONTROL OF CONGRESS

FOR THE NEXT FIVE CYCLES.

>> Jon: SO YOU COULD ACTUALLY...

THIS COULD BE LIKE A DISTRICT 9

SITUATION.

(LAUGHTER)

YOU COULD HAVE THE DEMOCRATS-- I

DON'T WANT TO SAY IN A GHETTO

NECESSARILY--

(LAUGHTER)

BUT AT LEAST QUARANTINED.

>> CORDONED OFF ANYWAY, YEAH.

>> Jon: CORDONED OFF AND KEPT

OUT OF PUBLIC EYE.

WHAT IS... IN YOUR MIND WHO ARE

THE EXCITING... YOU MOVED

MICHAEL STEELE.

YOU WERE HELPING ROOINS PRIX BUS

GET SETTLED.

YOU SUPPORTED HIM OVER MICHAEL

STEELE.

AS A COMEDIAN, THAT HURT ME.

(LAUGHTER)

>> I SUSPECT THE REPUBLICAN

PARTY'S GAIN IS "THE DAILY

SHOW'S" LOSS, JON.

SORRY ABOUT THAT.

>> Jon: STEELE WAS THE WHOLE

PACKAGE.

HE WAS A FIVE-TOOL COMEDIC MAN.

RINS PRIXS BY HAS THE NAME.

>> GOOD NAME, GREAT NAME.

>> Jon: I DON'T KNOW IF HE HAS

THE COMEDIC CHOPS.

>> I DON'T KNOW FE F HE'LL BE AS

QUOTABLE.

HE'S DOING A GOOD JOB.

HE HAS A TOUGH JOB.

THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL

COMMITTEE IS $22 MILLION IN DEBT

AND FILLING THAT HOLE IS NOT

GOING TO BE EASY.

>> Jon: I ASKED MICHAEL STEELE

ABOUT THAT.

YOU KNOW, THE REPUBLICANS RAN ON

THIS IDEA OF WE ARE THE FISCALLY

RESPONSIBLE PARTY, WE ARE THE

GROWN-UPS.

IT TURNS OUT OUR COMMITTEE...

TURNS OUT THEY'RE JUVENILE

DELINQUENTS.

(LAUGHTER)

SO THEY HAVE A $22 MILLION

DEFICIT.

HOW DO YOU RUN ON FISCAL

RESPONSIBILITY WHEN THAT IS WHEN

THE FUN DECONTAMINATION OF YOUR

PARTY IS...

>> YOU HAVE TO START BY

ELIMINATING THAT DEFICIT WOULD

BE A NICE WAY TO START.

SECONDLY IT'S DONATION NOT TAX

DOLLARS TO SO PEOPLE VOLUNTARILY

GIVE, A LITTLE DIFFERENCE.

BUT IT'S A LEGITIMATE POINT.

WE'VE GOT TO ELIMINATE THAT DEBT

AND THAT'S WHY I LIKE THAT JOKE

THAT THE ONLY THING BETTER THAN

BEING THE R.N.C. CHAIRMAN IS

BEING THE FORMER R.N.C. CHAIRMAN

WHERE YOU DON'T HAVE TO RAISE

THAT MONEY.

>> Jon: HOW DO THEY DO SOMETHING

LIKE THAT BECAUSE THE

FUND-RAISING THING YOUR

EXPENDITURES ARE JUST ON

CAMPAIGNS.

IT'S NOT LIKE YOU CAN STOP A WAR

AGAINST ANOTHER... YOU KNOW, YOU

ARE THE R.N.C., YOU'RE NOT AT

WAR WITH BELGIUM.

YOU CAN'T CUT YOUR DEFENSE

BUDGET, I GUESS IS WHAT I'M

SAYING.

>> THE DONORS SEE IN CHAIRMAN

PRIEBUS IS SOMEONE WHO'S GOING

TO SPEND IT WISELY.

AND THE... THE PRESIDENTIAL

CYCLE, THE R.N.C. IS THE ONLY

FEDERAL COMMITTEE THAT CAN

COORDINATE WITH THE PRESIDENTIAL

CAMPAIGN OF WHOEVER OUR NOMINEE

WILL BE.

>> Jon: YOU GUYS HAVE YOUR

INSTRUMENTAL STARTING THIS CROSS

ROADS AND CROSS ROADS G.P.S.

WHICH IS ALSO RAISING MONEY TO

PUT OUT THERE.

ARE THOSE EVER AT ODDS?

YOU'RE WITH THE R.N.C., YOU'RE

THIS OTHER GROUP RAISING MONEY

FOR ADS.

ARE THEIR GOALS EVER AT ODDS AND

IF SO WHO DO YOU... WHO WOULD

YOU CHOOSE?

>> WELL, I'M FOR BOTH OF THEM

AND THE AMERICAN CROSS ROADS AND

THESE OUTSIDE GROUPS ON THE

CONSERVATIVE SIDE FORMED IN

RESPONSE TO A LOT OF GROUPS THAT

WERE OUT THERE ON THE LEFT AND

FOLKS WHO WERE MORE LEFT LEANING

WOULD GIVE TO THE DEMOCRATIC

NATIONAL COMMITTEE AND CENTER

FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS OR MOVING

AMERICA FORWARD AND THE SAME

HERE.

IF PEOPLE GIVE TO THE REPUBLICAN

NATIONAL COMMITTEE AND AMERICAN

CROSS ROADS AND OTHER GROUPS.

>> BUT ONE CAN BE SLIGHTLY MORE

IDEOLOGICAL, I GUESS MY POINT.

SO IN THE SENSE OF... IN THE

LAST ELECTION SOME REPUBLICANS

WERE SAYING GEEZ, WHEN WE WENT

WITH MORE THE IDEOLOGICAL TEA

PARTIERS WE LOST SEATS THAT WE

COULD HAVE WON WHEREAS IF WE HAD

GONE WITH PRAGMATIC APPROACH WE

WOULD HAVE WON EVEN MORE SEATS,

MAYBE TAKEN CONTROL OF THE

SENATE AS WELL AND THE HOUSE AND

JUDICIARY AND CANADA.

(LAUGHTER)

S WHERE YOUR HEAD AT.

ARE YOU MORE OLD SCHOOL OR

INSURGENT?

(LAUGHTER)

>> I THINK THAT THE TEA PARTY

HAS BEEN... BROUGHT INCREDIBLE

ENERGY TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

THAT THE FACT THAT....

>> Jon: THEY'RE VERY ENERGETIC.

>> WE WOULDN'T HAVE WON THE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

WITHOUT... WE WOULDN'T HAVE MADE

THE 63 SEAT GAIN IN THE HOUSE

AND TAKEN CONTROL IF NOT FOR TEA

PARTY VOTERS.

A LOT OF FOLKS OUT THERE ARE

SAYING WE'VE GOT TO HOLD BOTH

PARTIES ACCOUNTABLE.

TEA PARTY VOTERS ARE SKEPTICAL

OF BOTH PARTIES AND REPUBLICANS

ARE TRYING TO EARN THEIR TRUST.

>> Jon: WELL, MEH.

THEY'RE REPUBLICANS.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> WELL, THEY'RE VOTING

REPUBLICAN, THERE'S NO DOUBT

ABOUT IT.

BUT THEY ARE SKEPTICAL OF....

>> Jon: DO YOU THINK THE SOCIAL

ISSUES... YOU KNOW WILL LOOM AS

LARGE?

IS THAT SOMETHING YOU'RE TRYING

TO... ARE I KNOW YOU'RE CRITICAL

OF REPUBLICANS THAT HAVE TAKEN

SUCH A HARD STANCE AGAINST

IMMIGRATION AND A HARD STANCE

AGAINST SOME OF THE SOCIALISMS.

IS THAT SOMETHING YOU'RE LOOKING

TO SOFTEN AGAINST?

>> THEY ARE ALWAYS IMPORTANT

ISSUES AND WE SHOULDN'T DIMINISH

THEM.

I'M A PRO-LIFE PERSON AND I

BELIEVE THAT'S AN IMPORTANT

ISSUE.

IT'S NOT THE TOP OF MY RESPONSE

TO MOST VOTERS RIGHT NOW.

MOST VOTERS WHEN YOU ASK THEM

WHAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE

THEY SAY JOBS AND THE ECONOMY

AND THAT'S WHERE THE FOCUS OF

THE DEBATE IS.

>> Jon: THAT'S AN INTERESTING...

YOU SAY JOBS AND THE ECONOMY.

I'VE NOTICED THAT THE

REPUBLICANS RAN ON THIS IDEA OF

JOBS AND JUST RECENTLY JOHN

BOEHNER HAS SAID WELL, IF OUR

CUTS TO GOVERNMENT CAUSE PEOPLE

TO LOSE THEIR JOBS-- I THINK THE

PHRASE HE USED WAS "SO BE IT."

WHICH SEEMS NOT ONLY FILLED WITH

EMPATHY...

(LAUGHTER)

BUT SOMEONE ANTITHETICAL TO WHAT

HE HAD SAID EARLIER ABOUT THIS

IS ALL ABOUT JOBS.

IT SEEMS THEY DON'T CARE SO MUCH

IF THE JOBS ARE HELD BY

DEMOCRATIC VOTERS.

THEY DON'T... THEY WANT TO

PRESERVE OTHER...

>> THERE ARE SOME REPUBLICANS

WHO HOLD GOVERNMENT JOBS, TOO.

FEWER I WOULD SUSPECT THAN....

>> Jon: WILL THOSE GET TO STAY?

(LAUGHTER)

>> LET'S CHECK THE REGISTRATION.

THE FACT IS THAT WE BELIEVE WE

NEED TO HAVE MORE PRIVATE SECTOR

INVESTMENT AND AS WE'RE

DIVERTING MONEY OUT OF THE

PRIVATE SECTOR TO HIGHER TAXES

INTO GOVERNMENT SECTOR THAT

WE'RE DIMINISHING PRIVATE SECTOR

GROWTH AND THAT'S NOT THE

ANSWER.

>> Jon: WOULD YOU REMOVE

GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIES TO

BUSINESS?

WOULD YOU REMOVE TAX BREAKS FOR

OFFSHORE COMPANIES?

WOULD YOU REMOVE THE THINGS THAT

ARE NOT NECESSARILY FREE MARKET?

>> I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A FLATTER

LOWER TAX RATE THAT DIDN'T

SUBSIDIZE-- APART FROM DIRECT

FEDERAL SUBSIDY OF CERTAIN

BUSINESSES AND INDUSTRYS WHICH I

THINK DISTORTS THE MARKETS AND I

JUST DON'T THINK THAT PEOPLE IN

WASHINGTON ARE SMART ABOUT WHERE

PEOPLE'S MONEY OUGHT TO GO AS

PEOPLE ARE ABOUT WHERE THEIR

MONEY OUGHT TO GO.

>> Jon: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

DOING THIS.

I CANNOT LET THIS GO IN GOOD

CONSCIOUS.

YOU'RE NOT WEARING A FLAG PIN

AND IT DOES MAKE ME THINK YOU

MIGHT BE A MUSLIM.

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)

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