RNC's McDaniel: 'When Dust Settles,' GOP Will Unite, Support Candidates Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee Ronna McDaniel (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)
By Fran Beyer | Sunday, 22 May 2022 12:11 PM
Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel said Sunday “when the dust settles” ahead of the November elections, Republicans will unite to support GOP candidates that will give them a majority in the Senate and House.
In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” McDaniel dismissed the contentiousness of GOP primary races, including Pennsylvania.
“When the dust settles Republicans are going to unite, including President [Donald] Trump, to make sure that we win back the House and the Senate,” she declared.
“We need to focus on the Democrats… they are the ones in control… and Republicans who are fighting each other constantly, that is not helping us defeat Democrats in November,” she said, noting the former president “is going to be critical to help us win in the midterms and help turn out Trump voters who take his lead.”
McDaniel blasted Democrat Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf as responsible for the tight GOP Senate primary race between Dr. Mehmet Oz and former hedge fund CEO David McCormick.
“The Republican legislature in Pennsylvania put forward an election integrity bill that Governor Wolf vetoed earlier this year,” McDaniel lamented. “If that had been passed we would not be in this position. President Trump is right, and others, that they should not have no-excuse absentee voting, this influx of voting is clearly [showing] that systems are not ready for that and Pennsylvania is a case of that right now. And I think a lot of this lies at the feet of Governor Wolf, why we are having this disaster in Pennsylvania right now.”
Yet McDaniel predicted every Republican is going to be supporting the Republican nominee in states with primaries, including Trump.
“We know what's at stake with the balance of power,” she said, “We see the disaster that our country is going through under Joe Biden… Primaries are difficult, they are challenging, and then we get together afterwards and focus on who we really need to defeat, which is the Democrats.”
She also noted that Trump has an A+ on his endorsements so far — except in Georgia, where Trump-endorsed former Sen. David Perdue is trailing incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp.
“President Trump has endorsed in 84 races” — 81 of which won their races, she noted. “That's like an A+.”
“I talked to people in Georgia who love President Trump and like Kemp,” she said. “I think that's what you're seeing in some of the voters in Georgia, but we are going to see what happens on Tuesday. … the power of his endorsement is astounding.”
McDaniel pointed out that concerns about election integrity led GOP-led states to pass bills ensuring it in 2022.
“2020 was a different election, more mail-in ballots, many safeguards of voter I.D. were removed and you see Georgia and Florida and Texas and other states passed comprehensive election reform that require voter I.D. for absentee ballots,” she said. “That's just common sense."
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