RNC Chair: 'The Greatest Enthusiasm in Our Party Right Now Is for President Trump'
On "America's Newsroom" today, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said Ralph Northam's victory over Ed Gillespie in the Virginia gubernatorial election is a sign that candidates should be "embracing" President Donald Trump.
She said Northam played to the left to win the Democratic primary and then came to the middle in the general election.
She pointed out that Northam started running ads saying he was going to work with Trump, and he moderated his position on sanctuary cities and Confederate statues.
Bill Hemmer pointed out that some - including Trump himself - have suggested that Gillespie did not sufficiently embrace Trump and it hurt him in the race.
Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for. Don’t forget, Republicans won 4 out of 4 House seats, and with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2017
"Voters want to see candidates embrace this president," McDaniel said. "And you saw in Virginia, Ralph Northam said, ‘I’m going to work with the president.’ They want to see things get done, they want to see people work together across party lines. And that's a lesson I think everyone can take away from last night and that race in Virginia."
Hemmer asked if Gillespie should have embraced Trump more.
“The greatest enthusiasm in our party right now is for President Trump,” McDaniel said. “We’re seeing it through the fundraising numbers, we’re seeing it across the country, I see it as party chair. I absolutely think any candidate should be embracing the president, and I think Ed did.”
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