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Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, participates on a panel at the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National at National Harbor, Md.
Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, participates on a panel at the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National at National Harbor, Md., March 8, 2014. Ron Sachs—CNP/AdMedia/Corbis

RNC Chair Turns '3 A.M.' Attack on Clinton

Feb 27, 2015

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus turned one of Hillary Clinton's signature attack lines against her Friday, previewing a GOP theme in advance of the 2016 election.

Addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference, Priebus criticized Clinton for allowing her foundation to accept money from foreign governments while she was service as Secretary of State.

“Taking money from countries like Algeria and Oman while she was Secretary of State," Priebus said. "Which makes you wonder: How will those donations affect her answer to that 3 a.m. phone call?"

“I can hear it now: ‘Don’t worry, sultan, just send 10 million to the Foundation, and it’ll all work out,'" he added.

The 3 a.m. attack is a reference to one of Clinton's most biting hits on then-Senator Barack Obama, questioning the first-termer's ability to handle complicated foreign policy questions.

Tying Clinton to the Obama administration's foreign policy record is a central component of the GOP's strategy to take her on. Priebus' attack is likely just the tip of the iceberg.

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