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Priebus: Debates are a 'heck of a lot better' than 2012

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus believes the Republican Party's oversight of presidential debates has been a successful endeavor so far, despite threats by two top contenders to leave the party and talk of a brokered convention that has divided Republicans across the country.

"I think it's gone a heck of a lot better than where we were four years ago in [a] 23-debate traveling circus where campaigns had no say over anything," Priebus told MSNBC Wednesday morning.

"Debates would be called, two weeks later they'd be had. No one was talking about length of answers," he said. "No one was talking about rooms where candidates were going; any of the moderators, the timeframe. We've come along way."

"I know it may seem like little stuff like having a calendar, having at least some say over who the moderators are, and also introducing a conservative component to our debates," he added. "And so these are little achievements, but in reality they're pretty big for our party and I know that RNCs in the future in four and eight years are going to improve even more on where we've come and I think it's a big deal for our party."

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