RNC Chairman Reince Priebus compared the overwhelming majority of Americans — including a growing number of Republicans — calling on Mitt Romney to release his tax returns to birthers, who sill claim that President Obama was born in Kenya.
“It’s ridiculous,” Priebus said Friday morning on CNN’s Starting Point, when asked to respond to polls showing that 63 percent of the public thinks Romney should release more tax returns. “I’m not spending any more time talking about this issue,” the Chairman informed the hosts, who then pressed him about Donald Trump’s role and the GOP convention.
Preibus praised the bombastic businessman as “a good friend” to the Republican party and said the is “thankful to Donald Trump for the work he’s done for us and for Governor Romney.” “He’s important to us and I know that he’s somebody that we appreciate,” Priebus said before dismissing Trump’s persistant claims that Obama was born and Kenya and comparing his conspiracy theories to the tax return question:
HOST: Is this a good message for a guy still a birther and still calling for the president to release his college transcripts?
PRIEBUS: I have been from the very moment very clear as far as where I stand on that issue. It’s just as much of a distraction as it is for people to ask for more and more tax returns and all of these other issues. The fact of the matter is, this election is coming down to one thing, are people better off today than three or four years ago?
While it’s unclear if Trump will speak at the Republican Convention, the top Romney surrogate is slated to be awarded “Statesman of the Year” honors by the Republican Party of Sarasota, Florida at a fundraising event a day before the festivities begin.