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October 30th, 2013
09:25 PM ET

Reince Priebus on Ted Cruz in 2016: "I don’t know who is going to be the nominee ... we’re going to have a great bench though"

On the heels of a government shutdown that paralyzed the nation for more than two weeks, on Wednesday evening "Piers Morgan Live" welcomed one of the leaders of the party many hold accountable for the stoppage, Reince Priebus.

The chairman of the Republican National Committee, Priebus joined Piers Morgan from Washington, D.C., and the topic quickly turned to one of the GOP's most-polarizing figures, Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

On Tuesday, comedian Bill Maher joined the program in Los Angeles, suggesting that Cruz is a legitimate factor in the 2016 presidential race.

"I think he’s got a shot," Maher told Morgan. "He is definitely going to be the favorite of the people who vote in Republican primaries."

Having watched a clip featuring the host of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" conversation from the previous evening, Priebus offered his reaction:

"I don’t know who is going to be the nominee Piers, I think that we’re going to have a great bench though," he told Morgan.

More than three years since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, and more than a year since it was upheld by the supreme court, it continues to be a major focus for the Republicans.

"A unanimous position in this party that we need to either delay or dismantle Obamacare," Priebus told the host. "And that position of delaying and dismantling Obamacare as days and weeks go by is going to be a stronger and stronger position for us to have in this party, and I think it is going to be the determining factor in 2014."

Watch the clip for more of Morgan's interview with Priebus, and for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN every night at 9.
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  1. max

    Dem after dem comes on your show lie and lie about ever thing. But you never say a hateful thing. A gop comes on not only do you call him a liar but cut him off and no let him say any thing thing. Its your show but come on can you be more one side it. May your show should be called for obama and my way or to hell with you.

    October 30, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dave Nelson

      Sorry if this comes off as , how did you put it, oh yeah, "one side it", but you make an incredible argument for increased federal money for higher education and increased assistance for students to further their education post-high school.

      October 30, 2013 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Dave Nelson

    I absolutely encourage the Republicans to make Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) their nominee in 2016. Not only do I think he would be a perfect representative of the GOP Standard 2014, it would be fun to watch the GOP implode.

    October 30, 2013 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • max

      No a smart woman from dems or gop

      October 30, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Dave Nelson

        yes now here we have found some common ground.....How about Hillary Clinton/ Elizabeth Warren as the ticket. Sorry I couldn't come up with a smart GOP woman....the concept is mutually exclusive.....sort of like military intelligence......or President Ted Cruz................. ROTFLMAO.

        October 31, 2013 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Elizabeth Jordan

      I definitely agree with you he should go back where he came from been following this along and to tell you the truth this is making me stick to my stomach to many dirty trick being by a certain candidate that is hurting another candidate this should stop it is very unfair and mainly if other people are watching the news cast. this is a disappointment and mainly
      because the RNC is not opening there eyes and set the rules straight to these people who are hurting others
      what shame to have to watch this every night you want the viewer happy and keep watching the broadcast the behavior where it has to being.

      April 6, 2016 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. max

    Dirt job guy. Its true look how you treat some on the show. One nice and wonderful and some low down kicking them all the way in the teeth. The schools are no parenting due to shows teaching the parents to be trash. No morals no goals bad union teacher that can not be can. Games movies that they think are the truth. We are long past God, fear, of hell, being looked down on by others. Listening to storys of the old and wise its not just the USA its the world. End of days of what we could have been. It you find your self in hell keep going.

    October 30, 2013 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dave Nelson

      Bad Piers, very bad....you a very bad, bad boy...just ask Max......
      Keep doing what you're doing Piers......if for no other reason that it is entertaining to watch some of these morons try to make themselves believe the lies they know they are spreading....time, history and education have united against them. CHEERS

      October 31, 2013 at 1:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Dave Nelson

        On second thought don't ask Max. It took me an hour to try and translate his last tirade and I'm still not sure I got it 100% correct. But I am rather taken by the Zen-like "Bad union teachers that cannot be, Can."

        October 31, 2013 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jewel

    Please stop repeating the line accusing the President of telling a lie. ACA is not forcing any insurance company to cancel a plan. I work for an insurance company and I can tell you that insurance companies are happy to have an excuse to cancel unprofitable plans or to raise the premium rates. Blaming the ACA is a great excuse. But they are not "forced" to cancel. They are choosing to cancel. The insurance company can choose to make an existing policy compliant rather than cancelling it or raising their rate. They wouldn't go broke. They make big profits. But they will certainly make use of this opportunity to cancel the lower profit plans. Please investigate this rather than just saying the President lied. He didn't lie. Obamacare didn't cancel ANY plans. Insurance companies did.

    October 31, 2013 at 12:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dave Nelson

      You truly are a Jewel!! Feisty too!

      October 31, 2013 at 1:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Linda

    Reince Priebus is nothing more than a lier. Please investigate who hacket the web page.

    October 31, 2013 at 5:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Heather

    What part of the following do you Yanks not get?????

    Ted Cruz was born in CANADA......and is therefore NOT eligible to run for the Presidency!!

    How quickly you forget all the ridiculous assertions that Obama was NOT an American. HE IS AND CRUZ IS NOT!!

    Although he is trying his darndest to dump us and become a Yank. ROFL!!

    PS....Do you Americans not learn how to spell in school? Your comments are glaringly low class judging by your lace of knowledge on the English language......not to mention where Cruz was born....Manitoba, btw.

    November 1, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Heather

      Hilarious......I myself made a spelling error!! Should be "lack of knowledge", not lace. Blame CNN, blame Washington. In the US, one has to lay the blame at the feet of everyone else.

      November 1, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dave Nelson

      Yanks???? We are Red Sox Nation / Boston Strong.....No yanks here Heather. Okay most of us know that about Ted, please don't spoil the fun!!!! Take Max here.....where else could you find such incredible dialoque? You couldn't make this stuff up....priceless. Cruz is nailing down his base right now...right-wing extremists and Tea Party Mad Hatters. His increasing his stock on the lecture circuit and will soon have books flowing, they will be found in your bookstore in the Humor section, right after Ann Coulter's books.

      November 1, 2013 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Brandon

    Go back to Cuba 'Ted'!

    November 1, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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