Republicans Shift Left On Hot Topic Issues

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By Ashley Thompson

The Republican National Committee unveiled a report outlining what some say the party needs to do if they want to win future elections. But will changing their views on some hot topics sway more voters?

After losing the Presidential election last year, Republicans say they are trying to rebrand and some are even bending their views on immigration reform and same-sex marriage.

The Republican National Committee is now formally supporting immigration reform. It's a move that may surprise some, but after losing back to back Presidential elections, top Republican leaders say they want to reach out to minority groups. Political Analyst Steve Flowers says it was only a matter of time.

"I think it's an obvious move," he says. "If you look at the results of the presidential elections, it's obvious that minorities, especially hispanics, were turned off by the immigration issue."

Some top Republicans are also calling for the party to change its' stance on same-sex marriage in an effort to be more inclusive. But not every Republican is ready to jump on board. Representative Barry Mask says he's not willing to completely change his views because others want him to.

"We can bend a little bit," he says. "But maybe the country and the direction it's been going in in the last 10,12 years...maybe they need to listen to the rest of the country and get middle centered."

Representative Joe Hubbard says meeting in the middle is just not something some Republicans will do. He tells us many voters perceive Republicans as older and out of touch.

"Their agenda is not an inclusive agenda. It's about the old white men and the people close to the old white men," he says. "If the Republican party is going to have any staying power, then it needs to start looking beyond that demographic party."

It appears that some Republicans are indeed trying to reach out beyond that demographic party by becoming more accepting of same-sex marriage and immigration reform. Flowers says Alabama Republicans may not follow suit but may in turn face consequences.

"Unless you do change and you do reach out and you get outside of the mainstream middle class, Conservative, Christian voters, you're not going to win any more elections," he explains. "We are not mainstream in Alabama. We may think we are. We used to be twenty,thirty years ago but the country has changed."

Republican National Convention Chariman Reince Priebus says that Republicans are also considering holding their national convention earlier in the year and limiting the number of presidential primary debates as part of their $10 million dollar re-branding efforts.




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