Reince Priebus expressed optimism this morning that Republicans could win the Senate in 2012, but warned that the party would not get behind Todd Akin, even if he refused to exit the race.
“We’re not going to play in Missouri with Todd Akin, I can tell you that,” Priebus said on ABC’s This Week, adding that it remained “to be seen whether he stays in or not.” The last day Akin can legally leave the race is Tuesday.
“I’m very confident we can take the senate,” Priebus continued. “I mean, I know that Tommy’s [Thompson] going to win here in Wisconsin. He is a legend. It’s like Harley Davidson, Miller Lite, Tommy Thompson . . . he is a brand. He’s going to win. But then you go to Nebraska, North Dakota, Montana –that gives you four. You hold Scott Brown, and then we haven’t even talked about what’s happening in Virginia, Ohio, Florida. I feel very good about it, and I would also keep an eye out on Hawaii and Linda Lingle out there.”
UPDATE: Video, via Eliana Johnson: