Saturday, November 10th 2012 - 05:01 UTC

Republican Party needs a “bigger tent” to adapt to changing demographics

Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the Republican Party must adapt rapidly changing demographics in the United States to remain politically relevant.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: Republicans sent ‘mixed messages’

Rice said during a Friday morning appearance on CBS’ This Morning” show that the GOP sent “mixed messages” in the election campaign on immigration and women’s issues.

On the immigration issue, which turned out to be very important, and some issues about women too, “some mixed messages were sent,” she said. “And when you send mixed messages through the narrow funnel that is the media spotlight sometimes people hear only one side of that message.”

“Right now, for me, the most powerful argument is that the changing demographics in the country really necessitate an even bigger tent for the Republican Party,” she said.

The GOP struck out with Latino voters, as well as African-Americans, women and youth, helping President Barack Obama claim every battleground state except for North Carolina.

Said Rice, “But when you look at the composition of the electorate, clearly we are losing important segments of that electorate and what we have to do is to appeal to those people not as identity groups but understanding that if you can get the identity issue out of the way then you can appeal on the broader issues that all Americans share concerns for.”

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1 Ayayay (#) Nov 10th, 2012 - 05:13 am Report abuse
That tent is in the South. Please secede.
2 7skuareoff (#) Nov 10th, 2012 - 05:37 am Report abuse
Thirty Five Million Democrats, Independents and
disaffected Republicans just cast Fifty Six Million
votes to make Barack Obama the very first winner
of the Presidential Edition of American Idol.

When asked about his uh, stirring victory, POTUS
Obama said: “In America, we only count the votes,
Not the voters.”

Vice POTUS Biden chimed in and said: “Hey,
democracy is overrated, anyway.”

The American Idol generation thinks they have a
right to vote anywhere they want, anytime they want,
as many times as they want to, and Democrats,
and Chris Christie, agree.
3 Britworker (#) Nov 11th, 2012 - 12:30 pm Report abuse
So why didn't she run for office then, i'm sure the Republican party would have got behind a black woman for president. Wouldn't they ?????
4 Elena (#) Nov 11th, 2012 - 10:18 pm Report abuse
3 I sure hope he doesn´t ends like a villain :( my first thought about this was that Lagarde wanted to give the region a representative that knew the culture but with a global pov.
5 GFace (#) Nov 12th, 2012 - 04:51 pm Report abuse
@3 Rice has said repeatedly that she is not interested in the presidency. She has joked, but most think she's dead-serious about it, about being the first woman NFL commissioner as her fantasy job over any top-seat (Prez or Veep) and collects former NFL commissioners as toyboys (even once being engaged to one :-). But her politics as a Republican are too contrarian for the GOP to be anything more than a Foreign Policy specialist since her days as a USSR/Russian expert.

But veering on topic, yes, the GOP needs to recognize their libertarian (or otherwise non-God-squad component) as being necessary to hold a national election, the candidates who made those incredibly ignorant comments on women and science were relying on the people unhappy with Obama to drink their chunky milk, so to speak, and lost last Tuesday.
6 British_Kirchnerist (#) Nov 14th, 2012 - 10:43 pm Report abuse
#2 Will you stop trolling the forums with that racist crap!

#3 Haha =) Of course she'd be a terrible President, but still too progressive for the GOP it seems...

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