November 7th, 2012
08:31 PM ET
2 years ago

McDonnell: GOP must be more inclusive

(CNN) - Election results from Tuesday night show the Republican Party must open its arms to a wider swath of voters, Virginia's GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell said Wednesday on CNN's "Erin Burnett Outfront."

"We've got to be a lot more inclusive and open and energetic and wanting people to join our team by expressing why these conservative values are good for people of all races, creeds, colors, and national origin," McDonnell, previously a top surrogate for Mitt Romney, said on the program. "We've just got to do a better job with that."


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  1. Fortinbras

    My thanks also go to the increasingly dysfunctional republican party... It seems the angrier they get, the more they lose. And thanks for the loons that ran on you primary. Oh the laughs that were had at their expense.

    November 8, 2012 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  2. Graham Krueger

    Why these conservative values are good for people of all races... Uh huh. Sort of like Slavery was "the merciful choice" or whatever Virginians called it back in the day. McDonnell's next book- The State Owns the Uterus- or how all those pesky non-whites can learn their place again. Seriously, I know the Democrats don't give a -- about minorities except at election time, but Republicans are explicitly out to oppress blacks, latinos, gays, women, and anyone who is insufficiently Christian.

    That said, I confess I voted Third Party- Rocky Anderson 2012

    November 8, 2012 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  3. Elizabeth

    They could start with trying to be inclusive to women. Until the GOP stops trying to regulate my uterus, they won't get my vote.

    November 8, 2012 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  4. Thinking Texan

    Bob McDonnell are you asleep?

    The republican party died a short time after Lincoln met his bullet.

    It is just been posers, drunks, criminals, and idiots since.

    Dig up Nixon and Senator Joe.
    Now salute!
    Move to Republistan and rebury them at BS mountain!
    and take Rush, Cain, Beck and Palin, Bachmann, Ailes, McConnell as pall bearers, and stay.

    November 8, 2012 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  5. Thomas

    McDonnell: GOP must be more inclusive ?

    Words of wisdom Floyd , words of wisdom !

    November 8, 2012 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  6. Lost

    Cut out the hateful rhetoric in both parties. Time to stop the nonsensical gaffes, spoofs, insults, jokes, and prejudice...on both sides. I've known that people have hidden feelings about this or that, but this election put all of the very worst on display. The worst part about that is that people are raised to think and feel that way. Pundits, please! Stop egging on the conversation of being fed up with minute little things, and stop using hate, suggestive words that seem to stir the ratings. Many of you should be ashamed of yourselves. These people who call themselves conservative....what are your trying to conserve...isolation? Because that is exactly what you've inherited. There have been actual elected public officials who've even suggested civil war. Why? No reason for this whatsoever. And why the hell would anyone listen and vote based on this type of infectious bait. I was shocked, and many people are hurt at the fact that in some places there were bill boards with messages of lynchings....and a campaign headquarters was even shot up. Voter intimidation, voter ID hindrance attempts, disrespect of the President's authority and leadership by diminishing it to wrongly perceived weakness....one reporter even pointed her finger right into the President's face. Has anyone in US history ever seen such audacity? He is a head of state, and should be granted the same respect as any other, or have many of you forgotten what that means? How could anyone work effectively under such conditions? I'd like to see all those naysayers try to do a job while having their lives threatened 24-7, or doubted based on race, or accusations about their religion, or have to prove your patriotism, or have you family insulted or threatened publicly. Now hateful people are trying to say that there are Red State Christians and Blue State Christians. When will this end? People are always complaining about leaving debt to future generations, what about divisive ideology....it's just as costly.

    November 8, 2012 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  7. cliff

    McConnell, tough to be more inclusive when you preach no taxes on the wealthy but we must cut entitlements. As long as that is your argument, you remain the white, old, out of touch party that just took a bath in the election. Your right wingers like West got ousted because of their crazy views mostly yes but also because of their unwavering refusal to ever compromise. Bauchmann nearly lost, Akin, Mourdock and your tea party far right crazies were all sent the same message while 67% of America told you that raising taxes on the wealthy was FINE with them.

    I understand no politician will listen to me like Hillary Clinton who in my Opinion should SERIOUSLY consider running in 2016. Her enormous popularity along with her husbands would be hard to beat but more so with so many OBVIOUS issues with women that Republicans are clearly having, her breaking that glas cieling for Women and showing Republican men that Women are not ONLY capable of leading but intelligent and thoughtful enough to do a better job than many men. That success Hillary would bring would also bring about a new found boldness for all women that would enable them. And hopefuly with your success Hillary, there will be an end to men talking about rape and abortion like they know what a woman goes through and they (men) know what's best for them. That and by 2016 and beyond Hillary, with 3 of the conservative Supreme Court members ageing quickly, you could reshape this Country in a way that could forever alter it's future course.

    To Republicans, if you think the lesson that came from your loss was as simple as being inclusive, be my guest and go include everyone willy nilly. It isn't that simple. It is so much more. America by nature isn't a conservative base. It is far more oderate than you'd like to admit and it is becoming MUCH more diverse. To be inclusive in itself means little without the desire and compassion behind it. If you don't FEEL it, people will know you don't mean it and that right there remains your problem. The candidates you put forth lack this emotional connect with the middle class, with Latinos and Hispanics and the gay community. Until you embrace them as a whole in a deep and meaningful way that shows you truly care, it is my belief that you will not win the White House again and will see gradually your numbers in every branch dwindle. There is a path of inclusiveness that includes compassion and sincerity that does not compromise your strong belief in faith and family. What is it? It isn't with the Tea Party and Paul Ryan. It isn't with the Bauchmans and Allen Wests. Find a middle of the road Republican candidate that remains true to the Core principles of Faith and Family and Conservatism but that truly cares about all people and gladly wishes to represent them. One that embraces them and has a true passion to serve them. Regan was a success because he truly loved being President. He truly loved and embraced the masses, whoever they were. Ad yet, he held true to the Core Repub principles in the Process. Clinton, Kennedy, Lincoln, Washington, Rosevelt, these men were adored because they spoke and lead with passion and compassion. They truly cared about ALL Americans. They embraced them, loved them but each held true to the principles of his Party.

    Anyway, those are my thoughts and reflections that I got out of this Election year.

    November 8, 2012 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  8. Chris

    It will not do no good mitch. Americans rather sell their soul to the dark side. People no longer obey the 5th commandment. GOD is crying in heaven because of slaughtering the unborn

    November 8, 2012 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  9. Tjbeck1973

    That this has to be explained to the GOP as a whole is sad. I mean my 7 year old knows not to make other kids feel bad by being exclusive. He's SEVEN! Of course he also knows that we never use the R word because it hurts people's feelings. Is it really a big mystery why Romney wasn't able to win the presidency? Perhaps the GOP should stop finger pointing and blaming everyone except the GOP for their self destruction. If my 7 year old can figure it out surely the GOP can...but I'm not holding my breath.

    November 8, 2012 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  10. Michael Terhemen

    The strategy used was basically strong believe we had on our leaders, not necesary the canpahains' speech. People should understand that first, though some expressions mathers as additional ingrediants.

    November 8, 2012 04:28 am at 4:28 am |
  11. Yo

    It's progress that there are Republicans that dare to suggest that the party should look to non-whites, non-male, non-straigh, non-rich people too.

    But while a white man says that the GOP has to be inclusive, the Democrats are already doing it: a black president, a lesbian senator...

    November 8, 2012 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  12. Willie Floyd

    The Rep. party will never become inclusive until they get rid of their Tea Party freaks. Campaign finance reform needs to be addressed very soon. A firm message was sent-you can't buy votes and you can't block votes.

    DEMS. in 2016

    November 8, 2012 04:59 am at 4:59 am |
  13. Gurgyl

    ......bob is right but they went too too extreme to the extent of reaching billionaers and wealthy in too much greed. Bad, bad, and bad. Open eyes first.

    November 8, 2012 05:02 am at 5:02 am |
  14. Carl Williams

    It's going to really be hard for them to attract new people to a group whose self professed goals include: Taking Our Country Back; Making the President Fail and going through any lengths to make rhis a reality. They refused to pass a budget for 3 consecutive years- a historic 1st; yet accuse the President of running up the deficit- I'm sorry but Congress last I checked controls the purse strings...the chief executive can only play the hand he's dealt. 2nd they refuse to have hearings to raise the debt ceiling in time and our credit rating is downgraded as a result and they blame the President. And I won't talk about self deportation and voter suppression. These acts of unabashed bigotry will forever be their legacy. It's like asking an African American to join the Klan or certain groups to join the Nazi party... It's just not going to happen no matter how they try to sugar coat it.

    November 8, 2012 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  15. MarieMD

    It's obvious that bo ner and others are trying, supposedly, to come to certain agreements. They need to put a lid on mcconnell (one term didn't work and its obvious that the President's win was not a fluke) and others like cantor who wanted to blackmailed congress for giving aid after a natural disaster until an earthquake hit his VA district on August 23, 2011.
    Politicians need to understand that the country's future, not theirs, is at stake. Now that this ugly campaign is over we need to pull together as a Nation. Period. No excuses, no blackmail, no extortion from the right!

    November 8, 2012 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  16. Marry

    Bob McDonnell, you must move! Back to the center! And rid yourseves of a lot of the "crazies" (including you!)!
    Just like John Weaver, a Republican strategist said:
    “We have a choice: we can become a shrinking regional party of middle-aged and older white men, or we can fight to become a national governing party. And to do the latter we have to fix our Hispanic problem as quickly as possible, we’ve got to accept science and start calling out these false equivalencies when they occur within our party about things that are just not true, and not tolerate the intolerant.”
    I know, to go on that path will be very difficult for a lot of the GOP and their followers! I know, there is the possibility that they double down – but, that would be a disaster for them (2014). I do think the Dems would go against that obstruction very well prepared!

    November 8, 2012 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  17. Wake up People!

    So basically, shoving your archaic views down other peoples throats. Yes, keep up the good work, maybe we'll never have to worry about the GOP/baggers again.

    November 8, 2012 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  18. Alina

    The GOP is in quite a pinch.

    If they think the key to coming back is convincing people that – to quote the Governor – "conservative values are good for people of all races, creeds, colors, and national origin", they truly will never be able to be competitive in another national election.

    If people aren't buying what you're selling, there's an upper limit to how much you can increase demand through marketing. Billions were spent on this campaign, to little avail. Spending even more to advertise something with declining demand is like buying a one-way ticket to bankruptcy.

    The values the GOP is pushing are increasing obsolete, like landlines in the smartphone age. If they plan to focus purely on selling more of an obsolete message to a ethnic or religious target market, they won't get anywhere. Every four years they're losing more and more ground, because younger generations just aren't buying.

    I hope the GOP decides to join the rest of us in the new millennium soon, until then I may as well register as a democrat in order to be able to vote in the primaries for moderates who actually stand a chance of winning the presidency.

    November 8, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  19. onlyfacts

    It's over. The flat-Earther numbers are below 50% and falling. Every time a Conservative denies science and facts they lose a few more. They aren't smart enough to know what the problem is. Only the dumb believe the dumb.

    November 8, 2012 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F

    The republican party has embraced and become the home of a lot of low information groups: birthers, baggers, women's rights abolitionists, climate change deniers, invasive procedures people, domestic terrorists, people who think Obama is going to take away their guns, and Donald Trump. Why would any sane person want to be a part of the madness?

    November 8, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  21. Anthony Clark

    The GOP should focus on an honest policy statement to the electorate.
    The current emphasis is on attack advertsing,misrepresentation and transparent pressing of vested interests.
    Voters are voting the common interests in rejecting the GOP.
    The older white male demographic can always be subverted through ' a pocket full of mumbles' but the days when this demographic held sway have gone. The GOP needs to press a rational case.

    November 8, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  22. Edward

    Ha, they say this AFTER trying to suppress votes. IT'S TOO LATE!

    November 8, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
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