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nathalie @nathaliedacosta 7 years, 6 months ago

if you look at the polls from 2012, you will see that the largest gaps between democrat and republican were gender and race related.
If it wasn’t for those gaps, Obama would likely have lost the election.
I think that the republican party will have to adjust their message if they wish to appeal to a larger base of Americans in 2016— its time to pick which values are central to the message of the party, and which ones may be adjustable as the voter base changes.
What are you willing to sacrifice?

As somebody who can fall on either side of the fence, I’m curious to know what party values republicans are going to hold onto in the 2016 election, and which ones they are willing to negotiate.
Flexibility and willingness to work with the other side is something I think should also become a priority, if you wish to appeal to younger voters.

         
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Ashlee Casper @ashleecasper 7 years, 6 months ago

I don’t think ideologies have to change. I think in order for Republicans to win they have to get their message across better. Most younger people are far too influenced by the liberal media and hollywood. They are unwilling to put in the extra effort to learn the facts so Republicans must make this information readily available and not allow the media to twist facts.

We have to find a way to change our image. Show we aren’t the racist, self-interested money-hogs the media makes us out to be. I wrote a brief blog post on this…

http://www.pillowtalk-ac.com/2013/04/welcome-to-dark-side.html

         
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Steve Sexton @calvin-reno 7 years, 6 months ago

It’s important to remember when it comes to the youth vote, the extreme left has them all to themselves in grade school and college (i.e. – the formidable years). I’m not convinced that the problem is issue related as much as it is one of moral decay. I know that makes me sound awfully old (which, by the way, I’m not:)), but becoming more flexible on same-sex marriage will do nothing to combat promises of a free and easy lifestyle, ESPECIALLY when these youths are convinced they DESERVE that free and easy life. It’s important to remember, I think, that there are two definitions of compromise. To find common ground for a greater good can (and usually is) a good thing. But, to compromise your values is an amazingly slippery slope once you set foot on it. The GOP has been a disappointment to me as of late (Jeff Flake and Marco Rubio on immigration come to mind here), but I still feel the overall conservative message exists (at least among the newbies on the hill). If we lose our conservative values, compromise our beliefs, then how are we any better than the opposition? No, the conservative message SHOULD be enough to sway a level headed youth. The problem seems to be that those are becoming rapidly extinct.

         

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