U-S Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky was just in SC for a fundraiser. At the event he essentially said that it's great for the GOP to win the 'red' states, but if they hope to win in swing states or even 'blue' states, "we have to be a bigger party." He went on to say "we have to look like the rest of America. We need more people in the party. And when we do that, we'll be the dominant party again." This pretty much echoes the post-mortum from earlier this year when the RNC dissected the Mitt Romney loss in the presidential race and gave the country 10 ways for the Republican Party to revelant again in presidential races. Amongst those points was broadening their appeal to the young, women and minorities...and stop clinging to sociological ideals that drive the young, the women and minorities to the Democrats. Now, keep in mind, Rand Paul was the darling of the tea party just a few minutes ago before Ted Cruz became their poster boy. But putting forth ideals like 'expanding the base', makes him look like just another Republicans who's not willing to stand up for what they believe in, and it's driving the most consevative Republicans away from the Rand Paul camp.
Speaking as a non-republican...which is rare in South Carolina...I think he's right. Is it better to put someone in the White House, like a Chris Christie, who may not be a far right as you want, or is it better to lose the presidency while backing a candidate like Ted Cruz? Those on the far Right will argue that being moderate or centrist didn't help in the last 2 elections with McCain and Romney. You're right. But I think it was because so many people in the GOP stayed away from the polls since those candidates didn't 'energize' them enough and didn't espouse enough conservative ideals. Again I ask....would you rather have 90 percent of your ideals backed by the White House....or zero? Seems like and easy choice.
Being a non-republican, I'm not trying to tell you how to win the White House in 2016, it just seems like a no-brainer.
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