The spokesman for the Republican National Committee insisted “the more candidates, the better” after Donald Trump became the 12th GOP in the crowded 2016 field.
“They are bringing more people into this party and they are out there campaigning in places that we don’t go, talking to additional voters,” RNC senior adviser Sean Spicer told CNN. “This is a very, very healthy thing for this party. I’m glad and I hope more people get into.”
Spicer steered clear of criticism of Trump’s announcement when pressed about The Donald’s more controversial statements.
“We have a historic crop of candidates seeking the Republican nomination…. It’s going to give the voters an opportunity to decide which direction they want to go and which vision is best. We’re definitely giving the voters throughout the country an opportunity to look at several different ways that we can go and it’s not going to be without choices when it comes to our nomination,” he said.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is expected to enter the race June 24. Govs. Chris Christie, John Kasich and Scott Walker could bump the field of candidates to 16.
“I think to the issue of illegal immigration, Mr. Trump and others have addressed that we need to be very firm on border security and look at ways to make sure America has fixed its immigration problem and allow for people whether it’s from wherever to enter the country in a more systematic way for our economy,” Spicer said.
“I think other Senators, business people, I think at the end of the day each one is going to try to figure out a message that they think resonates in a vision that they want to articulate the country. They are going to talk about their strengths, their vision is the best. I think in the case of Governor Bush, that’s playing off his years as being a successful governor. I think Senator Rubio, Senator Paul, Senator Cruz are going to talk about their solutions that they have found here in Washington. I don’t think it’s a bad thing. I don’t think there’s anybody running for president or sitting at home that’s pleased with the things going on in Washington. One thing that all of the candidates are talking about is trying to find a pathway forward to some of the problems that people in this country face and make America a better country than it is today.”