Priebus: Facts Prove That We’re Worse Off Than Four Years Ago

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Monday said the evidence simply doesn’t support the notion that the United States is in better shape than it was four years ago.

Appearing on CNN’s “Starting Point,” Priebus was asked by Soledad O’Brien if he thought it was a fair point to suggest that the U.S. has indeed made strides from years ago, when the economy was bleeding jobs and the major financial institutions were frozen.

“The problem with that answer is the facts don’t bear it out and that’s why people like David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs couldn’t answer the questions yesterday on the Sunday morning shows because the facts are fewer people are employed today,” Priebus said.  “The debt is more out of control than it ever was in the history of this country. The president didn’t cut the deficit in half like he promised.”


Tom Kludt is a reporter for Talking Points Memo based in New York City, covering media and national affairs. Originally from South Dakota, Tom joined TPM as an intern in late-2011 and became a staff member during the 2012 election. He can be reached at