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. Sue

    Stop trying to change the Constitution to suit your beliefs
    Stop being the Party of NO
    Stop Stonewalling and Fillabustering
    Stop trying to make this President Fail
    Stop complaining and whinning
    Stop giving into the Tea Party
    Stop letting Limbaugh, Beck, Palin speak for your party

    August 24, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  2. Ben in Texas

    If the Repugnant Party ever wants to be taken seriously again, they should immediately repudiate the Bush years and call for the indictment of Bush, Cheney, Libby, Rumsfeld, and others for war crimes, outing a CIA agent, and other high crimes and misdemeanors.

    August 24, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. Jim

    Hopefully the American people won't be that brainless and vote these useless war mongers and killers of the economy and jobs back into power. Although the balance of power is better then one party having complete control of all branches it would be senseless and pointless to vote these lovers of corporate America back into power. It's the same ones who help drive the economy into the toliet.
    Both the Democrats and Republicans are worthless when it comes to putting the people back to work. Both parties are slaves to corporate America although the Democrats through spineless seem to be the better of two evils, but by a slim margin.

    We need new faces and no more lawyers in the political field . We need working class citizens to represent the working class. Time for a third party, just not the Tea Party.

    August 24, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  4. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    They just do not get it do they folks? This fall's election is NOT going to be about party, the anger is not at democrats only, it is both of the major parties, and it is NOT about liberal and conservative. We the people do not care about any of the politics. What we want is honest straight forward representation of the people rights before the corporation’s needs that you politicians are so beholding to for your campaign funding. We want our taxes lowered, we want JOBS, JOBS, JOBS, we need the US dollar to have value, and you all seem to be too much in bed with the Corporations that are doing everything possible to enslave us. You were sworn to up hold the US Constitution; you swore to protect the people’s right to the pursuit of happiness. How about a little less representing the Special interest groups and doing a lot more about helping this nation’s people?

    August 24, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  5. gt

    they need to find a real leader... some one america can believe in and not blow smoke up our skirts... some one new ,,,like brown from mass. a 60/40 person...

    August 24, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. Augsbee

    Millions of Americans want the Party of Yes=bigger government=government $$$ checks=government making all decisions=not having to worry about anything anymore=not having to make decisions=no education, no college degree=control, run all businesses.
    Millions of Americans don't want GOP=the Party of No=go to work=education=taking care of yourself=smaller government=private business.
    Millions of Americans want government to take care of them.GOP can't fight this new American way of thinking of give me=give me=give me.

    August 24, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. HJA

    #11.....Get a brain

    August 24, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. carlos

    how can they win over the american people?????...if they are against the middle class, women, children, seniors, veterans and the UNEMPLOYED.....these so called CONServatives is what they are CONS

    August 24, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. malabar

    1. say ur not a democrat. Rinse and repeat 9 times

    August 24, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  10. T'SAH from Virginia

    "NO" is too embedded in the RepubliCAN'T's brains. Therefore, they will have a problem following the steps outlined!!

    On another note – the RepubliCAN'Ts should EXPLAIN HOW they will accomplish each step and HOW they are going to pay for the TAX CUTS they want to keep in place!!!!!!!!!!!!! Many states – MOSTLY RED – are already RAISING TAXES – Explain that RepubliCAN'Ts!!!

    August 24, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. Bobby V

    The GOP doesn't even have to do much...Obama/Pelois/Reid are helping them. Obama turned out to be even worse than Bush! The only difference is that the media wouldn't cut Bush a break and they're in love with Obama. Luckily the American people are smart enough to realize what's going on.

    August 24, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    I think their message of eliminating health reform, eliminating Wall Street reform, eliminating social security and medicare, extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, promoting racial hatred, changing amendments to the constitution, eliminating freedom of religion, shipping American jobs overseas, deregulating the oil industry, attacking the American middle class, and increasing the national debt is resonating with the right wingnuts. Do Americans want to return to republican leadership?

    August 24, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  13. Buster

    The Republican Party has said NO to big government and big government spending. That is what this country needs and should be enough to get rid of the big spending demorats who have spent our country into a debt which we might not be able to get out of.

    August 24, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. Whatever

    Here are my 10 things in 10 weeks:

    1. Participate in the legislative process to move the country forward!2. Participate in the legislative process to move the country forward!3. Participate in the legislative process to move the country forward!4. Fire the leaders
    5. Admit your faults
    6. Participate in the legislative process to move the country forward!7. Stop attacking the President and partiipcate in the legislative process to move the country forward!
    8. Stop attacking the President and in the legislative process to move the country forward!
    9. Stop attacking the President and in the legislative process to move the country forward!
    10. Participate in the legislative process to move the country forward!

    Not necessarily in this order!!!!!

    August 24, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  15. Ron

    What about stay off the golf course and DO YOUR JOB? Do you really think the American people are going to allow you sore losers to destroy this country? What to you think the Democrats will do if they lose the house or senate?? They will say "no" to everything! Result is this country will go down the drain. Time for America to send the message that we will not tolerate you guys playing golf all year, banking $165,000 a year + benefits, and not doing the jobs you were sent to congress to do. And, if you need a hint - it ain't to block everything the majority wants to get done. Majority rules in this country!!!

    August 24, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  16. Dano

    1. Stop impeding everything the President and Democrats try to do.
    2. Start offering viable alternatives rather than just voting 'NO'.
    3. Put a muzzle on Sarah Palin.
    4. Stop the corruption in their own party.
    5. Start working for America rather than multi-national corporations.
    6. Stop screwing over the middle class to help the rich get richer.
    7. Stop pandering to radical religious groups.
    8. Recognize that gays and lesbians are human beings too.
    9. Educate themselves on alternative energy sources than oil.

    August 24, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. JFS

    I think that they simply have to get rid of all that are pictured in this article...that wil be a good start to get back moderate GOP folks such as myself. If they refuse to do that...then they deserve to lose in Nov...BIG.

    August 24, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. Dave

    What is that saying: Don't count your chickens before they hatch. The GOP needs to stop believing poll numbers.

    August 24, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  19. Mesa Mick

    The number one thing the "good chrizz-jun conservative" re-thug-lie-cants have to do is get out of the way and let the progressive adults do what needs to be done to get the US and it's economy back on track.

    Stop saying "NO!" just to say "NO!", leave the constitution and it's amendments alone, pass the Obama bill for small businesses and let the Bushie-43 "Redistribution of Wealth Upwards" tax reduction for the rich bill expire – These few items will work to get things started...

    August 24, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  20. independent minds want to know

    If republicans can repeal Obamacare, then I'm in. If they can undo the joke of a financial bill (proposed by the two biggest idiots in Congress, Frank and Dodd), then I'll support them. If they will reign in Fannie and Freddie and reduce government spending, I'm completely in.

    If they can remove Nancy 'where's my brain' Pelosi from any leadership position, then I will VOTE REPUBLICAN!

    August 24, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. Shelly

    GOP...take a hike!
    Mr. Boehner, you are a hypocrite. What were you doing when the recklesness of banks and corporations drove our economy into the ditch? When your pockets were being padded by these delinquent companies? Where are your solutions? And don't give me the tax cuts for the rich crap! Sir, you need to resign!

    August 24, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  22. Bill from GA

    Number 11:

    Come up with a better way to lie.

    American people are tired of repugs starting every sentence with "the American people want ...", as if repugs listen to anybody but fox propaganda network.

    And then, let them truthfully explain how they can fix this economic mess without big cuts in SS and Medicare, without tax increases.

    If they quit lying, they have no good answers.

    August 24, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. Marcus

    # 11 – Stop with easily debunked lies that only panders to far right extremists, like 'death panels' or 'The POTUS is an illegal alien'.

    August 24, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. Eric

    Republicans don't need to do anything, other than sit back and watch the democrats painfully prove yet again that Keynesian economics is still a failure, even when it's tried by their Chosen One.

    ...proving once again, what's good for Democrat bureaucrats in Washington is bad for America.

    I think the media and the National Socialist Democrat party is whistling past the graveyard. You have no idea how bad your loss will be this year.

    After 12 years of RINO congressional rule, we gave the National Socialists another chance to prove themselves in 2006, and in four short years they have painfully, painfully reminded us why we took their majorities away in 1994. We will do it again in 2010, and this time, it will last a lot longer than 12 years. Enjoy your 40 years wandering the political desert.

    You have to ask yourself... are you better off now than you were four years ago?

    August 24, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. rs

    An appropriate list with notable exceptions:
    First, Ditch the "Contract on America". It worked once, now prove there are other, new ideas out there.
    Second, Run. Run as far as possible from the Tea Party. Republicans need to recognize that it is the Michelle Bachmanns, Sarah Palins, and Rand Pauls that are causing people to head for the exits. The Republican Party used to be right of center, not a party of extremists with outlandish ideas and values. Promising to end Social Security, promoting more (not less) nuclear weapons, unbalanced budgets (tax cuts for the wealthy), doing away with parts of the Constitution that offend you (14th Amend.) etc. are not American values.
    Third, For God's sakes do something for the other 98% of America that isn't in the millionaire class. Support unemployment, jobs bills, and support small businesses. You will never win elections by legislating for the top 2% of wage earners.
    Fourth, Stop the fear, stop the racism, stop the divisiveness (remeber Reagan?)
    Fifth, For once, tell the truth.

    August 24, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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