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Priebus: GOP Won’t ‘Exist As A National Party’ With 2016 White House Loss [AUDIO]

Al Weaver Reporter

GOP chairman Reince Priebus offered up on “The Laura Ingraham Show” Wednesday the most severe consequence for the Republican Party if it can’t win back the White House in 2016: survival.

The chairman remarked that a third straight presidential loss would result in the party ceasing to exist “as a national party.”

“On a scale of 1-10, how do-or-die is 2016 presidential race?” Ingraham asked Priebus.

“Ten. 10-11-12. I mean, we don’t exist as a national party if we don’t win in 2016,” Priebus told Ingraham. “You can’t compete 16 years out of the White House, it’s just not possible.”

In past statements, the GOP chairman said he had a “terrible feeling” the party may not exist if there’s a third consecutive White House loss, but upped the ante Wednesday with the presidential cycle kicking into high gear.

“What this means is that it is a do or die moment for our party,” Priebus said following his re-election in January. “If we don’t win in 2016, I have a terrible feeling the national party doesn’t exist in the same way that it is today,”

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