RNC chair: More GOP candidates will come – including some surprises? (video)

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), says that the full slate of GOP presidential candidates could include some that 'we're not talking about' yet.

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Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus speaks with reporters at a Monitor-sponsored breakfast at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington DC, April 26. He said that while Republicans may not yet be satisfied with their slate of candidates, he expects more to announce.

So polls show GOP voters not satisfied with their current crop of presidential candidates? Don't worry, says the Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman. More GOP presidential candidates will enter the field – including potential surprise candidates – and party members will be satisfied with their choices, he says.

“Republicans around the country are going to feel that they have a very good alternative to Barack Obama," Chairman Reince Priebus told reporters Tuesday morning, at a Monitor-sponsored breakfast.

Priebus declined to put a specific date on the complete candidate roster, but said, “I certainly think that by the end of summer we are going to have a pretty solidified field.”

“We don’t actually believe that we are not going to have candidates running around Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina vying for votes," he added. "We will.”

The latest Washington Post/ABC News poll found that barely 4 in 10 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents are satisfied with the current crop of Republican contenders.

“I think that people are going to be very satisfied" with the eventual roster of candidates, Priebus said. He hinted that, in addition to known potential candidates – like former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and real estate tycoon Donald Trump – some surprise entries, that "we're not talking about, might get into the race."

“I think that many people are going to feel compelled to get into the race and make a difference in our country and in this world,” Priebus said.

Many Republicans were surprised when former RNC Chair Haley Barbour said on Monday he would not run for the White House, saying he lacked the requisite single-minded devotion to the task. CNN reported Tuesday that Rep. Ron Paul (R) of Texas will announce the formation of a presidential exploratory committee at a Tuesday afternoon event in Des Moines, Iowa.

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