After defeats in the last two Presidential elections, many Republicans are reexamining their policies. Some argue the GOP should move to the middle to attract more independent voters, and those who are seeking moderate policies and "electable" candidates. Others argue that the greatest need is for strong conservatives who provide a starker electoral choice, pointing to the success of Tea Party candidates in the last few election cycles, and the motivation of conservatives in primaries. Where will the inter-party debate lead?
The rallying cry, "Stop Obamacare" gains headlines, but what about a positive agenda that solves the problems Americans face? What role should public policy play in developing an approach to the next few election cycles? In the context of GOP tradition, what policies should Republicans pursue to improve the lives of Americans, and to remain competitive?
The current immigration debate highlights that policies with social and economic implications may be places of both division but also opportunity. What are the ideas Republicans don't discuss enough now that they should be considering? Are there family, poverty reduction, environmental, early childhood, workforce, education, child care, and other domestic policy areas which the GOP should look to to promote social mobility and regain influence? Join the New America Foundation on October 10 for a discussion of policy, politics and the future of the Republican party.