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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:45 AM

In Electionís Aftermath, GOP Gears Up For 2016

It may not feel like it days after President Obamaís re-election, but the 2016 Republican primaries are already well under way. Not only that, these first few weeks may be among the most critical moments in the race.

Nothing shakes up a party like a presidential defeat. After months, even years, of striving to project a unified front behind their nominee, Republican leaders are suddenly free to test out new messages and positions that previously would have been heretical. These early forays into uncharted territory could bolster their standing within the GOP, but could just as easily backfire if the party base rebels.

Take Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who has quickly become the face of a new push by Republican elites to repair their standing with Latino voters. Rubio has called in the past for a revised DREAM Act and issued a statement after Obamaís victory calling on the GOP to appeal to minority communities. But heís yet to go out on a limb yet with a full policy proposal.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal ó again without naming specific proposals ó is experimenting with a more populist GOP message. Would he be willing to put his name to some fiscal cliff suggestions that require genuine sacrifices from the rich?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:47 AM

1. That's all they know how to do...run for office! The GOP does politics well. They can't govern worth

a damn!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:53 AM

2. Not true, they're secdee'ing from the US

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and therefore won't be following through with anything to do with 2014 or 2016.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:56 AM

3. we welcome the fight

Of all the crap that we put up with the Rs this election we came out on top. But we cannot sit on our laurels because we want to regain the house and strengthen the senate in 2014. We won't get blindsided like in 2010.
And hopefully our party leaders will govern and their policies will help the economy get stronger, put people back to work, and reduce the deficit. If that happens what can the Rs run on in 2014?

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