The head of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, tells CBS' Face the Nation news program that he thinks Donald Trump has ''shown maturity'' in recent days. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Head of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, told CBS' Face the Nation that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is "growing in his role" despite drawing recent criticism by some voters and Republicans over his campaign style. Trump, who relishes revving up crowds with off-the-cuff remarks, drew criticism for comments insulting women, Muslims and Mexican immigrants during the primary campaign for the Republican nomination. He has since faced a barrage of criticism from Republicans over his campaign style and his refusal to stick to a policy message. In particular, he has been rebuked for his prolonged feud with the family of a Muslim U.S. Army captain who was killed in the Iraq war. On Wednesday, Trump overhauled his campaign team, hiring the head of conservative website Breitbart News, Stephen Bannon, as chief executive of the campaign in a move that bolstered his combative image. Trump also promoted adviser Kellyanne Conway, a data-driven political analyst, to campaign manager. "I think that, keep doing what he's been doing over the last ten days, which is -- I think he's shown maturity," Priebus told Face the Nation. "I think that he's growing in his role. He's a person that has never run for public office." "When you're a first time candidate, I think you learn things as you go and it is not the easiest thing in the world for people that have never been in politics to read two thousand stories about them every day," Priebus said. Clinton leads Trump by 8 percentage points among likely voters, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday. The Aug. 14-18 online poll showed that Clinton was supported by 42 percent of Americans who are expected to vote, compared with 34 percent for Trump. Some 23 percent would not side with either candidate. But Priebus said he still believes Trump is the right choice over his Democratic rival. "I believe Donald Trump's upside is far greater than Hillary Clinton's upside," he said.