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

Saturday, November 10th 2012 - 05:01 UTC
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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: Republicans sent ‘mixed messages’ Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: Republicans sent ‘mixed messages’

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

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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  • Ayayay

    That tent is in the South. Please secede.

    Nov 10th, 2012 - 05:13 am 0
  • 7skuareoff

    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.

    Nov 10th, 2012 - 05:37 am 0
  • Britworker

    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 ?????

    Nov 11th, 2012 - 12:30 pm 0
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