August 24th, 2010
07:49 AM ET
13 years ago

10 things Republicans must do in 10 weeks


The midterms are now 70 days away.(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Washington (CNN) - With the midterm elections just 10 weeks away, analysts expect big wins for Republicans.

But strategists and analysts say there are some key things the GOP must do to win over the American people and have a chance of taking back control of Congress.

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  1. Mr Joshua

    All the Republicans need do is stick to what they have been saying. Keep taxes low, Create confidence in the future of the economy, Secure the border cut government spending which is out of control, Do something about entitlements which cannot be sustained or we go broke, Constitutional principals. And MEAN it, I am tired of RINO'S like John McCain who just talk the talk and not walk the walk.

    August 24, 2010 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  2. Dave

    They have a long way to go. The most important thing is that they have to have some solutions. All they have done for the past two years is whine, complain, obstruct, and flat-out lie. They haven't offered one comprehensive idea or solution other than their tired old lines that got the country into the mess it's in right now.

    Oh, getting some candidates with more than a ground-floor IQ wouldn't hurt either.

    August 24, 2010 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  3. Just show up n the ballot

    If the GOP just shows up on the ballot, they get my vote –anything rather than more tax, spend, and pork by the Dems and President Teleprompter/

    August 24, 2010 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  4. lost in Texas FOREVER

    how about STOP the "Fear and Misinformation" tactics and come clean with the American people about what your plans are to fix the economy and how tax cuts for the wealthy are suppose to make things better for us all because it sure didn't work too well last time.

    August 24, 2010 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  5. FM

    Excuse me! GOP should demand to the get the car key back!!!! The car they were driving looks was badly damaged beyond repair. No one wants more damage. The damage they did on the car is more than enough!

    August 24, 2010 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  6. CTYank

    Do you think they'll appear insincere if they go for a cosmetic makeover because it's election time?
    Do you think many are swayed by the "logic" of McConnell?
    Do they think we'll believe what they say in spite of what they do?
    Probably not.

    August 24, 2010 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  7. ray

    just keep reminding the voters of the constant bailouts of unions banks fannie freddie stimilus health care bill while talking about raising taxes

    August 24, 2010 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  8. flushthedonkeys

    The biggest thing is just fight to get rid of these corrupt, union toadies that are currently in Congress and work for productive taxpayers not lazy, bloated, corrupt liberal infested bureaucracies.

    August 24, 2010 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  9. Dave Harris

    Trouble is, Republicans know very well that if they follow any of this advice they will lose their base of ignorant, racist, hyperreligious, terrified hate-mongers. After working so hard to bring these debased people out of the closet and convince them that the Republicans are their party, they would be foolish to throw it all away be sounding reasonable.

    August 24, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    They must continue to self-destruct.

    August 24, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  11. Liz the First

    How about learn the meaning of hypocrisy so they don't constantly totally embody it? how about growing hearts and brains? how about living up to the teachings of the savior whose name they're always screaming? how about coming to the understanding that climate change is happening now and we need to fix it before it destroys us? how about having the epiphany that war is a bad thing? how about realizing that not everyone fits into the same white, heterosexual, christian mold they seem to want to squeeze everyone in the country into? how about realizing there are more people in this country than the rich and that we all deserve the same rights and opportunities as they do. how about stopping trying to make everyone else live by their fanatic religious beliefs? this would be a good start. am i holding my breath till they decide to do even one of these things? nah.

    August 24, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  12. Ben in Texas

    Number 1: They should all resign, admit their crimes, be indicted, and go directly to jail.

    August 24, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  13. ST

    Nice try Christie. So you advise GOP to focus on jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs and strengthen the economy!!! BUT HOW?
    Is this not like providing a choir with words for a song without any note!!!

    August 24, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  14. Gary

    1. Promise not to raise taxes on anyone (re-up the Bush cuts)
    2. Promise to get out of Iraq and Afghanistan
    3. Promise to cut spending radically across the board
    4. Keep the Pre-existing condition exemption but reverse the rest of the healthcare reform.
    5. Allow us to buy drugs from Canada
    6. Secure the boarders (Mexico, Canada and the ports!)
    7. Keep union voting secret (just say no to card check!)
    8. More money for education.
    9. Less money for entitlements (welfare and social security!)
    10. Buy American campaign

    August 24, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  15. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    I'll toss in five -

    1. Quit saying NO to everything.
    2. Get out of politics.
    3. Muzzle Sarah Palin.
    4. Arrest Bush for violating his oath of office, the Constitution, invading a country we're not a war with, lying to the American public and war crimes (more charges pending).
    5. Apologize for supporting a tabloid station like Faux News

    August 24, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  16. Thomas

    As an independent voter, I will be looking very closely at what each political party is doing.

    Here is my wish: How about the politician parties earning my vote this time?

    I really want to vote for a candidate instead of voting against a candidate.

    August 24, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  17. Gil

    #11 Take blame for deregulating Wall Street, Big Business and Big Oil. Take blame for creating the mess we are in and say, No, to them in November as we can't give them a second chance to ruin America financially.

    August 24, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  18. Former Republican - Now Independent

    Explain to me how the current crop of Republicans can make amends, or make us forget, about all the havoc they have inflicted on the American people.

    Conservative exteremists controlled congress for twelve years (1994-2006) and they also rubber-stamped everything George Bush put before them from 2001 to 2006. They are responsible for tanking the economy and they haven't even figured THAT out yet.

    It's gonna take them a lot more than ten week to bring me back ... no matter how hard they try.

    August 24, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  19. Ron in Califonia

    GOP..pease do it right..while they say you are a party of "No" can any responsible person say yes to the Democrat agenda. You can't spend and tax your way to economic success..

    August 24, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  20. Greg Pottstown PA

    All the republicans need to do is start a new contract with America listing the principles that are the core of the conservative base. Obama will do the rest of the work for the repubs.

    August 24, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  21. jpmichigan

    The Republicans should and must set forth, in writing their agenda as to how they intend to help Americans out of the Problems Bush and Obama created for us. Granted the problems started back with Clinton and his everyone should have a house So Freddie and Frannie with financial institution made it possible even though people had no jobs or low paying jobs. We need to cut from the top . The White House , members on the Hill , Government employees are to large. Scale back on the number of Federal employees that get their student loans paid for by the Federal government, along with other perks that are outrageous. Federal employees like teachers, firemen, police officers and other emergency teams are need , but all those staffers on the Hill and White House , do you really need them. most corporations and businesses cut first the FAT then have what is needed to perform.

    August 24, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  22. Francisco Cardenas

    These analysts must think that Americans have amnesia.

    August 24, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  23. g

    looks like more jobs going overseas

    August 24, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  24. don

    Her's their plan for victory:
    1 No
    2 No
    3 No
    4 No
    5 No
    6 No
    7 No
    8 No
    9 No
    10 win?

    August 24, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  25. Independant Vet

    Be honest with the people, don't start lying about everything.
    We all know the Country is Broke. Lets find a way to get people back to work. . Remenber before , we had WPA , CC Camps an we survived. As is they Yak an no substance.

    First and fore most , lets bring back our bontage , respect our Flag , an stop taking God's word out of everything. . Remeber our sevice men an women . Give back the bibles they took away from them over sea's. And Remember our for gotten Veterans, They need a Pay raise .

    God Bless America , lets put it back into the schools . A Men.

    August 24, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
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