RNC to Smerconish: If You Want to Talk About Brand Damage, Look at Hillary
SMERCONISH: "Do you worry about brand damage harming down ballot? I’m mindful of the fact that last weekend, front-page of newspapers all across the country, 195 nations buying into doing something about climate change? Frankly, not a peep from Republican leadership. This week, on that issue, Iowa Republicans — six in ten think that’s a fraud. You take a look at Donald Trump wanting to keep Muslims out of the country. Half Republicans agree, but two-thirds of the country disagree. My question: Do all of these questions catch up with the GOP come fall?"
SPICER: "So, look, Michael, I think there’s a big difference between what sometimes the mainstream media defines as important issues and what voters pick."
SMERCONISH: "Climate change not an issue?"
SPICER: "But you just cited the polls that voters in Iowa and around the country don’t necessarily agree with that —"
SMERCONISH: "Republican voters."
SPICER: "I understand that elites believe in a certain agenda, but at the end of the day, when you look at our candidates and what we do as a party, we have won up and down the ballot. We have 66 of 99 legislatures, the majority of governors, the majority of secretaries of state, the second largest in the House of Representatives, the majority in the Senate, our party is doing very well with reaching out and winning elections, so I appreciate the concern from the media about what issues that we’re not fully embracing, but I think we’re doing really well and that’s what matters most and when you look at brand damage, you look at someone like Hillary Clinton who’s at the top of their ticket, she is horrible for their ticket. She is unbelievably untrustworthy, people don’t like her, they think she has a separate set of rules, so I’d be more concerned as a Democrat running as Hillary Clinton at the top of the ticket."