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08/18/2013 11:31 am ET Updated Aug 19, 2013

Reince Priebus Mocks Top Romney Aide Eric Fehrnstrom: 'I Don't Know If His Etch A Sketch Is On Tilt'

WASHINGTON -- Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus made clear that the 2012 campaign is long over on Sunday, when he went after a former top aide to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

On Friday, the RNC voted unanimously on Friday to ban CNN and NBC from hosting 2016 primary debates if they go forward with proposed programs about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Former Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom criticized that decision on Twitter, saying it was "bad optics."

"Attacking the media is a loser's game," he added.

When asked about that comment on Sunday on ABC's "This Week," Priebus dismissed Fehrnstrom by mocking him for one of his infamous 2012 campaign comments.

"Well, I don't know if his Etch A Sketch is on tilt. ... I'm not really taking advice from Eric Fehrnstrom right now," Priebus said. "I'm trying to build a party that's year-round. I'm trying to fix a data and digital operation, I'm trying to get a hold of a primary process and a debate debacle that as you know, I've called the traveling circus."

In March 2012, Fehrnstrom assured CNN that Romney's positions during the GOP primary campaign were as erasable as a drawing on an Etch A Sketch when it came to the general election.

"We don't want a whole lot of 23 debate rounds like we've had before," Priebus added on Sunday. "And I would just say that entities like NBC and CNN that are moving forward with four-part miniseries about Hillary Clinton are not going to take part in our debates. Look, if you're not going to have 23 debates, these guys are making it a lot easier for us to pare that down to a reasonable number in front of people and entities that actually give a darn about the future of the Republican Party."

The Romney-RNC debate continued on Twitter Sunday morning, with RNC spokesman Sean Spicer taking another swing at Fehrnstrom.

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