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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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Rrp

    How about just believing in the constitution and opening the doors wide open for all Americans not just the white ones.

    November 7, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  2. GOP = Greed Over People!

    "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"

    Wow, Captain Obvious, ya think?

    And I love how being MORE conservative, is the answer.

    Were they watching the same election returns I was on 11/6?

    We voted for a "socialist libtard" for Presidwnt, 2 states voted for gay marriage and 2 states legalized weed for rec use!

    Yeah, being even MORE conservative to get a left of center electorate to vote for the GOP, is just.the ticket.

    Sounds like a plan GOP, by all means, go with more Bachmanns and Santorums in 2014, that will pull us in by the droves!

    November 7, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  3. MissouriBoy

    As long as the GOP looks at anyone speaking Spanish as "unAmerican', or anyone that looks a little Hispanic as "unAmerican", they have a problem. Many of the older white people in the GOP show incredible disdain for Hispanics, making a quick assumption that they (or their parents) were illegal immigrants. They have to reset their starting point, and instead make the assumption that most of the Hispanics in the US are proud legal American citizens. Stop seeing every Hispanic as an illegal, and start seeing them as fellow American citizens. And say "NO" to laws that encourage racial profiling.

    November 7, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  4. anonoymous

    Sure gop wants only one thing and that's votes. As an afro american I wouldnt trust a reaching out at this point. The Lincoln black Republicans are gone. All you have are folks like Clarence Thomas that hates his own race. He has no idea he's not wanted in his own party and doesnt really care.For some reason he seeks the approval of a group that doesnt approve of him. His total disreguard of the president in the name of party alliance shows how very little he thinks of himself as a black man. If the hispanics are they'll run as fast as they can. We minorites arent fools. We know you dont want us if you did it wouldnt take losing and losing twice to a black man to see the light.

    November 7, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  5. Pete

    How can you republicans turn around from years of racism and ethnic inequality ,than open your arms to just about anyone..I'd be worried about the old guards out there not wanting this inclusion and railing by being belligerent players that just won't give in to progress...You republicans see it with African Americans with a sprinkle of them out there just to break up the white monopoly,its just goes to show even color can hide hate because even African Americans can be as racist as anybody!!And Latinos are hardly seen anywhere republican and are only being accepted now because their population grows by leaps and bounds over any other ethnic group and republicans are waking up to get with the program!!Republicans better realize that whites are the new minority because of interracial marriages less all white families will be growing in this country than years before,its a fact a lot of republicans fail to accept but its the future of this country,accept it or leave that's what'll come down too ,plain and simple,life goes on!!

    November 7, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  6. Skeeve

    Sure, I have a simple solution for you – get rid of extreme right... Too bad for this to happen you have to leave the party. Until then – you wish.

    November 7, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  7. DENNA

    First, stop wearing your conservative like a holy mantle. Being a conservative seems to mean being stubbornly intolerant. Conservatives seem to give off an air of "I'm better than you" and it stinks. I got that from the Romney's and it essentially kept me from even being able to listen to either one of them.

    November 7, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  8. Donkey Party

    Yeah, good luck with that. The GOP has gone so far to the extreme right, they think they lost because they weren't far enough to the right. That line of thinking isn't going to attract ANY new voters, and that's a fact.

    November 7, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  9. Iamnotfooled

    Now tell that to Mitch McConnel and John Boehner.

    November 7, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  10. Squigman

    Awe come on. Be as divisive as can be. Your republican agenda should read as follows. Talking point No. 1, Remember your as wealthy as your charge card limit. No. 2, Poor people suck. They are poor, they want to be that way. They love it. No. 3, Corporate America is your God. Let no God come between you and the corporate teat. No. 4, Women are second class citizens. They need to be told how and where to work. How much they earn, needs to be 30% less than the men. No. 5, Health care should be doled out, on a can pay basis, and no other consideration need be discussed. The best way to create jobs, is to give as much as possible to the rich. If they don't throw most of it to off shore accounts, they can buy new consumer goods thus creating jobs in Mexico. Remember, all white people are right, and never wrong. This is how it's been run for the last 30 years. Why change?

    November 7, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  11. Ancient Texan

    Widening the base makes sense. Compromising our principles and values is a loser also and will not lure the folks that like government freebies and Socialist pandering to the masses.This election was decided by idealistic school children and by those who feel like they are "entiltled" and "it's my right". THey feel they should have everything anyone else has and shouldn't have to be self responsible and work for it.

    November 7, 2012 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  12. fuzzy math?

    It's a tough thing. A significant part of the GOP voting bloc are stone cold bigots that want to subjugate their perceived enemies. Anti-black, anti-hispanic, anti-gay, anti-women, anti-science, anti-non-christian, etc...Makes it hard to do the inclusive thingy.

    November 7, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  13. Bob

    The second Obama was elected "our number one priority is to make Obama a one term President". This was before Obama did anything- so his and Boehner talks of "bipartisan" and "compromise" ring hollow. After last night, Boehner basically said "we're willing to compromise- just as long as we get everything we want and don't have to give up anything". Someone needs to look up the definition of "compromise".

    November 7, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  14. Bill, NY

    Sorry but I always thought that inclusion was the antithesis of the Republican Party since it was hijacked by disgruntled Democrats angry over Civil Rights.

    November 7, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  15. GonzoinHouston

    That's not going to be an easy sell, Bob. Most of the current GOP policies are not good for people of all races, creeds, etc. Your abortion position is not good for women; your immigration position is not good for Latino-Americans; your economic positions are not good for 98% of the population.

    November 7, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  16. Mikeyboy

    Gov. McDonnell must know that this preamble has been heard before. However, the GOP always resists embracing policies designed to improve the quality of life among certain segments of our nation; those segments that they say they wish to include, yet always vote to oppress or hinder. Blacks are the best example, followed closely by Latinos. If McDonnell means what he's saying, he'll take the political risk of (1) embracing proposals that benefit these groups and (2) working within the GOP to influence others to do the same. Otherwise, how else does the GOP expect to broaden its' base? They seem so afraid that they might lose one white voter that doing "the right thing" isn't even a consideration. That was Romney's problem. He tried to deal with it by flip-flopping depending on to whom he was speaking, thus appearing to lack any convictions or credability. These people are much smarter than that. The sooner the GOP understands this, the sooner they can get on with the business of defining some inclusive core values that will truly attract a diverse group. As long as they focus on WWASPs, that will be the only group that consistantly supports the GOP.

    November 7, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  17. Seth Cool

    The Republican party is too ideological, completely lacks pragmatism, and cares only about corporations and the wealthy. The only connection it has to the average person is an amazing PR campaign. The Democrats, on the other hand, are clumsy communicators and have little strategy, but their ideas are decent enough to beat Republicans. If Republicans had some sort of positive vision that would actually help the middle class, their PR machine could win them elections.

    November 7, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  18. Ron Thompson

    Duh...simply take a group picture of Republican leadership and a group picture of Democratic leadership and a true group picture of a cross section of Americans, and which two of the pictures are most alike? My 2 year old daughter could figure that one out. Until the Grand Old Party develops and promotes policies that invite inlcusiveness rather than harping on economic independence, it will continue to erode. There will always be a class of "have nots" in a capitalistic society. Repubs need to accept that.

    November 7, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  19. rs

    Well, the problem is these so-called "conservative" values are good for the rich- but not necessarily for everyone. No doubt though the GOP's prime demographics are a dying breed, but will they start softening their anti-immigration stance? Are they going to admit there is a legitimate need for the ACA? Will they concede that Medicare and Social Security are in fact valuable and successful programs? What about taxation? We need to get back to sane upper-bracket tax rates- not cut them further. Will the GOP accept that?

    No? They are doomed to irrelevency. Look at the other stories here- They weren't "conservative" enough, or they didn't articulate their message (Akin? Really?).

    Maybe they need to admit they just got a wee bit too far from the centerline and enganged in too much TEA Party crazy.

    November 7, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  20. Now you figure it out?

    Right now the republican party looks about as exciting as joining the senior citizen center bingo game. The old people love it, and the young just laugh at how excited grandma and grandpa get playing it.

    November 7, 2012 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  21. MaryM

    Ha, Gov Bob, ultrasound, McDonnell still does not get it. Romney lost the Majority of the American vote because of men like him trying to tell women what to do with their bodies.

    November 7, 2012 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  22. TaxKill2014

    Well now that we cannot count on the government to undo the unlawful and unfair obama heatlh care laws we must do it ourselves....fortunatly it will not be that difficult.

    Here is the loophole in the whole thing...it is funded by the IRS by the biggest tax increase in history. the tax will be collected on a seperate tax form that will begin in 2014. Its easy...put that form right in the recycle box where it belongs and pay nothing. Tell everyone you know to do the same. Tell them to tell their friends and family. Spread the word. If a quarter of the population were to refuse to pay the program would die from lack of funds. Of course the IRS would be upset but seriously what are they going to do if millions participate?

    November 7, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  23. CTYank

    It doesn't help much that they're in the pocket of a few billionaires, who're only interested in their personal fortunes.

    All the rest is noise.

    November 7, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  24. Fortinbras

    Way to go, Mitch! Your, and Eric Cantors, vow to set the president and the country up for failure is one main reason the democratic base was fired up. Under no circumstance should an American willingly hurt the country in any way! Tell Norquist that if he wants to help legislate, he needs to run for public office himself. Thats how the system is intended to work.

    November 7, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  25. Fortinbras

    .My thanks go to the tea party too. Obama couldnt have won without your help. Keep up the good work!

    November 8, 2012 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
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