To reclaim the White House in 2016, the Republican party faces a dilemma, their candidate will have to win over Conservative party loyalists to secure the nomination and a diverse coalition of more moderate general election voters in November. Can that be done?
FOX News Radio’s Jared Halpern reports in our series “The New Look Republican Party”:
For a glimpse at the upcoming Republican presidential primary listen to Kentucky Senator Rand Paul talk about potential primary foe New Jersey Governor Chris Christie:
(Paul) “If he cared about this country, maybe he wouldn’t be in this gimmie, gimmie, gimmie, gimme all the money you have in Washington, or don’t have.”
And Christie questioning Paul’s Libertarian streak.
(Christie) “I want them to come to New Jersey and sit across from the widows and the orphans.”
The 2016 primary is sure to showcase a party divided on disaster spending, NSA leaks and how to handle Obamacare.
(Cruz) Pass a continuing resolution that funds the entity of the federal government every bit of it, except for Obamacare.”
Texas Senator Ted Cruz is a Tea Party star, but University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato warns with an inability to compromise…
(Sabato) “You can pretty much guarantee the Republicans will lose future elections.”
Bob Vander Plaats, the influential conservative leader in Iowa suggests even if Republicans won with moderate views…
(Vander Plaats) “You have to ask yourself, if all you’re gonna do is be more and more like the Democrats ormore and more like the left, when you win, what did you really win?”
Jared Halpern, FOX News Radio.