November 11th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
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New site allows users to discuss rebuilding the GOP

The RNC has launched a new Web site that allows users to share their reasons for backing the party and to share their ideas for regrouping in the wake of Democratic successes in last week's election.

The RNC has launched a new Web site that allows users to share their reasons for backing the party and to share their ideas for regrouping in the wake of Democratic successes in last week's election.

(CNN) – A week after a group of young conservatives laid out an ambitious agenda for the Republican Party that’s focused on catching up to the Democrats online, the RNC has launched a Web site that allows users to explain and share their reasons for backing the GOP.

Users who create an account on the site can submit video or text submissions regarding the future of the party. The site also prominently features a four-and-a-half-minute video that is a retrospective of the presidencies of Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush.

The site allows users to “offer their opinion of where the Party is headed and how we can be better prepared for the future,” the RNC explained in a press release Tuesday.

“We are a party of principles and must regain our voice,” said RNC Chairman Mike Duncan, said in the release. “We need to hear what our volunteers, activists, elected leaders, and party members think about the Republican Party as we rebuild, re-focus, and renew our bond with the American people,” Duncan added.

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Republicans suffered a brutal day at the ballot box last week when Sen. John McCain lost his bid to capture the White House, Democrats picked up six seats in the Senate with three seats in that chamber still undecided, and Democrats increased the margins are their majority in the House which they have held since the 2006 midterm election.

Political observers say the Republican Party finds itself at a crossroads with the conservative and moderate wings of the party at seemingly odds and the vitality of some its core principles – like a commitment to smaller government – in question in the wake of President Bush’s eight years in office.

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  1. JT

    The face of America is changing. The republican party needs to be inclusive or in 30 years time it will a minority party. the republican party needs a complete overhaul. There is no point in being the party that hangs onto issues such as abortion and gay marriage when these can be left to the individual choice. The republican party should start talking about issues that Americans want such as affordable, accessible health care for all. untill then, all i can say is good luck!!

    November 11, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. rich

    First point. Stop stealing Obama's ideas by pretending to be internet savvy. Second, I don't have any ideas that I wish to share with you as I wish you would go the way of the dinosaurs.

    November 11, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. jessica

    Great job completely stealing Obama's graphics and fonts. Couldn't they come up with an idea of their own? Of course not...they're republicans!

    November 11, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. Sylvia Vaught

    Sara Palin played a huge part in their defeat, but she won' t admit it. She wants to blame everyone else.

    first, everyone was terrified that she might become president, with her 'hi sailor" winks"

    second, she was cruel in herattacks and distortions on Barack. Obama. She and John McCain went too negative for the voters.
    That defeat was as much for her as the GOP

    November 11, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. Turn Texas BLUE


    November 11, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    stop catering to the rich, distance yopurself from the wallstreet group and the CEO swine to start with, then there's Bush, chenny, libby, enron, delay,......on second thought just give up....another party will rise out of the ash's one day that might have some integrety,maybe?

    November 11, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. nish

    Mitt Romney , Sarah pallin, Mike Huckbee are some
    of the contestants in GOP primary 2012

    November 11, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. SN

    1) Dump the Religious Right (13th Century mentality)
    2) Drop the fear tactics (scaring voters is juvenile)
    3) Embrace the 21st century (see #1)
    4) Keep God out of politics (see #2)

    November 11, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. LaJuan

    They need to do some serious SOUL searching- Only GOD can touch the hearts of these so-called Christians! Diversity ever heard of it probably but so full of HATE it just does not really matter much.

    get a CLUE


    November 11, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. Sheila


    November 11, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. DeeJam

    The republicans should give up and just join the democratic party.

    November 11, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Janis

    The GOP should first begin with what they stand for. It appears to me that the core values that define the party are in serious need of review. There also seems to be a serious lack of diversity within the GOP. The rallies of McCain and Palin around the country never looked like america. By contrast, Obama/Biden rallies reflected America. The GOP also needs to redefine what they call a leader McCain has shown leadership, however, Palin did not show any.

    November 11, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    I was actually going to write a comment on that web site, and my husband stopped me! He said don't help them!

    Okay, IF they do not know WHY they failed.......they are destined to FAIL AGAIN!


    November 11, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. s


    The Lincoln republicans should break away from the religious neo-cons who stand for divisiveness. They should re-create the party Lincoln represented that was inclusive and not segregated- that way they can recuit new members and stand to benefit with pride. And that way when they run, they can run on the issues and not the pettiness that would continue to guarantee them a loss in every election set forth.

    FYI: I am a black twenty-something liberal from Los Angeles, CA

    November 11, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. Tim

    We've got to show we are more progressive than the democrats. They are for partial birth abortion, we have to be for more than that. Sponsor a bill that would allow a parent to bring their children in to be euthanized up to a year.

    November 11, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. Stephanie

    That's right, Vegas. Just keep doing what you've been doing all along. It worked well for you this election...

    November 11, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. Enough

    Stop aligning your party with hate mongers who insight paranoia towards those who do not agree with them. Your party will continue to shrink if you continue allow these nutts be the voice of the republicans. Need to restructure and redefine from top down and down top.

    November 11, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  18. free at last

    for those looking for the website address ,,, i guess the name they chose says it all !!! hahahahahahahaha

    r e p u b l i c a n f o r a r e a s o n . c o m

    November 11, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. J.P.

    We are Conservatives FIRST, and Republicans second, or should I say "incidentally."

    When the "Republicans" who run for office actually start acting like Conservatives, then and ONLY then will they get my vote.

    When there is already a pork-loving liberal on the ballot, you cannot win by merely being "liberal Lite."

    November 11, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. Mary Steins

    I think Sara Palin needs to be our nominee in 2012

    November 11, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. No More GOP

    Republicans have proven themselves to be nothing but crooks. Why would anyone want to rebuild a failure? Oh yeah, the Republicans would.... which is why they're a failure. Duh!

    November 11, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  22. Studio78

    Anyone watched the Matt Lauer interview. What a loser with a capitol “L”, the only thing he didn’t do in that interview was stick his head between Plain’s chest. What a Joke of an interview. PLEASE ENOUGH OF PALIN, INTERVIEW JOHN McCAIN.

    November 11, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. ron

    Ya don't worry about it. Listen to vegas everything is fine. Obama is a fad he'll be gone soon. Leave everything the same. I'm sure sarah palin. joe the plummer and bob the.. what ever bob does will destroy Obama in 2012.

    November 11, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. Christina

    I think the Republican party should disband and then reform as a resurgence of the Know Nothing party.

    November 11, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. Alan

    1. Stop appealing to base instincts
    2. Stop appealing to the lowest common denominator
    3. Stop copying your opponents whenever they make headway
    4. Stop fostering hate and division among Americans
    5. Change the name of the party
    6. Change the emblem of the party

    Maybe, just maybe, these moves MIGHT make you a viable political party once again. If no one notices what you USED to be.

    November 11, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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