OTR Interviews

Biden says, 'There isn't a Republican Party' - Is he right?

Vice president argues GOP is too splintered to solve the nation's problems. Does he have a point? RNC Chair Priebus responds

 

This is a rush transcript from "On the Record," February 14, 2014. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Just when you thought you couldn't be surprised by anything that comes out of Vice President Biden's mouth, listen to this.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

JOE BIDEN, US VICE PRESIDENT: There isn't a republican party. I wish there were. I wish there was a republican party. I wish there was one person you could sit across the table from and make a deal, make a compromise, and know when you got up from the table it was done. That's what political parties and Nancy [Pelosi] is able to do. That's what the president's able to commit to. But there is no -- all you had to do was look at the response of the State of the Union whether three or four? I'm not being facetious. And so, I think we should get focused here.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. RNC Chair Reince Priebus joins us. Nice to see you, sir.

REINCE PRIEBUS, RNC CHAIRMAN: Thank you, Greta.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. The vice president says in part there is not a Republican Party.

PRIEBUS: Well, look, he also went on to say that Americans are in lockstep with the ideas of the Democratic Party while their candidates are running as fast as they can from Obama and ObamaCare.

VAN SUSTEREN: And he did say -- he did say - he said that reproductive issues, early childhood education, immigration overhaul, background checks and other funded by insurance.

PRIEBUS: And ObamaCare.

VAN SUSTEREN: He didn't mention ObamaCare?

PRIEBUS: Correct. Look, they're depressed. They're out at this retreat. Their numbers are in the tank. Their money is $20 million behind the republican party. The governors are $20 million behind the Republican Governors' Association. And look, they're going to have to face the music and the American people and they're just not a good mid-term party and he's coming in and doing what I think he has to do which is rally up their base, try to get to these members and encourage them to keep chugging along but the fact is, they all know that next to all of their names on the ballot, it's going to say -- ObamaCare. These states that are up and these targeted house districts that are up. Look, the president's numbers are in the tank, and they have to face the music.

VAN SUSTEREN: There were several responses at the State Union. I mean, there were, I think, three or four. Is that something to look on a positive sign within the Republican Party or is that something that's not positive? Shows that it's -- it's a big thin.

PRIEBUS: Actually -- actually, both sides. I mean, there are more than three or four. There are probably 150 because our office -- our studio downstairs is filled all day with members coming in and out with their own personal response to the State of the Union. I mean, I got a kick out of this one. Some of these pundits were throwing in the fact while Rand Paul even did a response. A whole bunch of senators do a response. That's how you get on the local news back home. You do a response, you package it up, you send it out to every affiliate out there and you give your response. I think that it is a good thing in our party and actually, I think Senator Mike Lee did a great job. Obviously, Cathy McMorris Rogers did well. I don't think it's a problem at all. It keeps our party together and people nowadays tune into the news that they want. So, people want to go to the tea party express website, and see what are the people I really like say about what the president said? That's what people do.

VAN SUSTEREN: Are you going to win the senate?

PRIEBUS: You know what? This isn't what.

(CROSS TALK)

VAN SUSTEREN: Tell me how that happens?

PRIEBUS: Well I think it happens because obviously, the chairman is going to say yes for sure. I'm saying yes because we're in -- we got six states where the president didn't win 41 percent and that have seats that will flip to the republican parties -- Alaska, Montana, South Dakota, Arkansas, Louisiana, West Virginia. Those six right there, the president didn't win 41 percent of the vote in -- in 2012. Now, on top of it, we have ObamaCare and now you have, which you didn't have ever before, you have the president's personal approval rating upside down. Remember, the president, a lot of times, people were disapproving the work that he was doing but they were -- they always kind of liked him. Well, now that's flipping on the president and it's even worse in these states. So, those are six states. We got a hold in Georgia and we have two other seats that are really good for us in North Carolina and Michigan where we're already polling ahead there. And there's other opportunities, Minnesota, Oregon -- I mean, there are some things that can go our way in a very big way beyond just the six seats we need. So, if things are in such disarray in the republican party, then you tell me why they're talking about not winning the house. Their own -- Debbie Wasserman Schultz said it herself and everyone's talking about the republicans winning the senate. I don't think things are bad at all. Things are -- things are looking great.

VAN SUSTEREN: Mr. Chairman, nice to see you, sir.

PRIEBUS: Thank you.