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Priebus Downplays Expectations In Wisconsin

GOP chairman manages expectations before the recall. “I’m not going to play into this narrative about whether or not the Democrats are letting up because I don’t care.”

Priebus speaking to the crowd at a Tea Party rally in Wisconsin.

CALEDONIA, Wisconsin — Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said on Saturday that he wasn’t expecting an easy win in the Wisconsin recall, managing expectations in the wake of last week’s polling that shows Governor Scott Walker up by seven points.

“I just assume, being from here, that we have to scratch and prod at everything we do,” Priebus told BuzzFeed after a Tea Party rally in Racine County.

“I’m very used to the Democrats pouring it on,” Priebus said. “So we’re not going to let up. That’s why we’re not stopping.”

“I’m not going to play into this narrative about whether or not the Democrats are letting up because I don’t care.”

Priebus said the fact that President Obama didn’t come to Wisconsin this weekend was a bad sign for the Democrats’ recall effort.

“You’ve got a very important race here in this state, but it’s really an important race for this country,” Priebus said. “The fact that the president flew over the top of Wisconsin and didn’t stop — I don’t know what you read in that, but it isn’t good for Tom Barrett.”

“However, that being said, I always assume we have our work cut out for us in Wisconsin,” Priebus said.

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Rosie Gray is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, D.C. Gray reports on politics, foreign affairs and international issues. Her secure PGP fingerprint is 52B1 92A9 D35B 3359 CF61 399B 0E8A 2948 10D0 8DD8
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