Priebus: Expect 'Elbows Thrown' at CNN Debate
And expect candidates to keep dropping out as they run out of money
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2015 12:17 PM CDT
In this Jan. 24, 2014 file photo, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is seen at the RNC winter meeting in Washington.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

(Newser) – The first Republican debate was a contentious affair, and don't look for the second one to let off the gas, says Reince Priebus. "One of the undiscussed issues is just, you know, controlling the debate," the RNC chair told host Jake Tapper, who will moderate Wednesday's debate on CNN. "There will probably be more elbows thrown at that debate, and you’re gonna have your hands full." Other highlights from his interview, per Politico.

  • But words have consequences: "The way you communicate and tone is very important, and sometimes it’s not what you say it’s how you say it. I think all of our moms have told us that. All these candidates are going to have to account for their own mouths and their own words."
  • On more presidential candidates dropping out: "Every candidate in all these campaigns are going to do whatever they need to do in order to benefit their own campaigns, and I suspect that there will be a lot more things happening over the next several weeks... we have 17 candidates running and just by attrition you’re going to have people dropping out. I mean, look, there’s not enough hard cash to go around."