An attempt to save some time and cash may be why the GOP presidential field is still so unsettled, according to head of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus.
“I think you can do a lot more nowadays with less time,” Priebus told me today during our mid-week PRESS pass. “We’re not going to have a shortage of candidates.”
No Republicans have formally announced a run for the White House in 2012, a stark contrast from the 17 candidates who had declared or formed exploratory committees by this point in the 2008 election cycle.
“It's a matter of how much time and how much money all these candidates want to spend in winning the nomination,” said Priebus.
The newly elected chair of the RNC cited 2008 as an example of a prolonged primary season, and believes voters are looking for a shorter election season this time around.
Priebus - who has met with nearly all potential candidates and been on the campaign trail - said a number of candidates “are going to be testing the waters,” mentioning Donald Trump, Tim Pawlenty and Haley Barbour. “Who actually gets in, you know, it’s anybody’s guess.”