How did the race slip away from Romney?
Brian Benjamin and Brad Blakeman look at who came out to vote on Election Day
- Duration 7:43
- Date Nov 8, 2012
Brian Benjamin and Brad Blakeman look at who came out to vote on Election Day
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And joining me -- -- here is Brian Benjamin he's managing director for Genesis companies and in 2012.
And -- joining me from DC Bradley Blake man Brad Blake and former deputy assistant.
To president George W.
Bush Brad welcome and thank you.
So wanna get your reaction to first to some of the changes that -- talked about in the Obama administration for the second term.
Well it's it's certainly likely that the president will have major turn over not only -- his cabinet.
And the agencies but also in the White House.
And that's healthy you can't serve -- president.
For four years and then two years before than a campaign stay fresh and stay focused and the president would also send a signal.
-- they knew more conciliatory.
That -- the obligations they'll have moving forward in a bipartisan manner win.
And they are closely aligned senate -- the senate doesn't have a super majority which allows them to do whatever they want when they want to do it because they don't have the sixty votes.
Yeah -- I am Ryan.
-- that the president can basically -- I have to be it's conciliatory as he needs to be because the voters have given him.
You know second terms we can go with that with a little little little little clout right.
I still agree with that I think he does need to some acknowledge the fact that American people want bipartisanship.
-- to work together in order to get things done I think and Americans really Americans really like would happen harking sandy.
And they want more of that -- agree with some the points -- -- making I think that we have to be more conciliatory now with that said there's some things that the president should push forward very aggressively number one being immigration reform that's clearly something that we need to address the country.
OK now before -- -- to some of those issues that there -- that are ahead I want to get to some of the post up with the election because there are a lot of things that.
The -- if you're wondering what what went wrong and I got to ask you Brad because I think this is very interesting topic about it is a GOP simply out of touch.
With -- sort of new diversity that is in America like the Democrats have capitalized on the.
The simple answer is yes but aren't they had -- read the handwriting has been on the wall for awhile.
We need to exit a George Steinbrenner.
To manage our team in the sense that you don't get people sitting in the seats if you have a lousy team on the field.
And we have to do is get more people in the seats and have better players on the field in the way you do that.
Is it takes time -- need to cultivate its not enough to ask somebody for their vote when you need it.
You you have to go to those people think and have an affinity not only to the candidates but to the party and we have to start.
-- doing a better job of attracting women Hispanics African Americans young people -- And we we can't be labeled cartoon actually as the.
But isn't the problem -- Brent because once you are saying we have to go after these groups those groups and know what you're doing and they sense that you're only doing it.
To gain some kind of power it is you know very life for yours not your life event so it's a -- what kind of scenario.
Well -- again you have to give them an affinity to join the party.
Nobody wants to join a party if they think that they're not gonna have a good time or there or they're gonna not be listened to -- appreciated.
And there's no reason why we can't attract these groups based on the platform we have now.
What we haven't done a very good job is recruitment entertainment and giving people the opportunity to run for office and and have a say in the party.
-- -- I think would also that didn't happening trying to.
Satisfied until you aren't enough in a very hard critical -- I -- would have a promise of agreeing a lot of what Brad assay turnaround but I.
I think part of that is also that they also Republican Party also needs to deal with people like Todd -- can Richard Murdoch.
And what is the Republican Party going to look like in terms of -- A member of -- and and are they going to be allowed.
To sort of continue to make these kind of statements that paints the Republican Party as a party of that's not tolerance and I think one of the -- -- -- could have done better by the that podium -- very good concession speech that was very -- and as -- But what is he could've done better was.
Talk about what his opinion was all what Richard Murdoch said Todd a commits any kind of say that that's not the Republican Party -- -- representing armaments and in a bigger pet -- Republican Party.
And what he did to me seemed more like pandering that is -- I felt like this is what he truly believes as the leader of the Republican Party and I think that hurt him very much.
In the wind is the election.
But brown do you Korea -- out of that.
That met -- should have come out and bank credit.
What little more nuanced on this issue of Murdoch and slit their confidence and everything's a sort of lit the fire of you know and those independence against the GOP.
No I think I think he acted appropriately remember you have to be selected by the party be -- elected by the people these people were selected.
By -- other states and therefore unfortunate part was they didn't make these outrageous statements in the primary they made -- when he in the general election.
And it's up to the people those states to determine whether or not.
They are worthy.
About being elected and guess what they weren't worth it because they're the citizens did not elect those people so it's -- I'm not.
If blaming Romney at all I think -- he came out with -- appropriate statement at the time but at the end of the day the people made the right choice tonight.
You know things about the Murdoch's statement though because of -- statement never got beat in the the explanation that it deserves -- right what he was saying.
Was ill with a a lot of people understand is that he wasn't saying that.
That that the rape was god ordained or that it you know that made him seated on the -- it was -- Misunderstood the whole statement and we never really got the -- that it.
Here is the problem with the comment what he's what he ultimately Mets said was that the child that was born that that is sort of being birth -- -- -- is actually the biggest.
As a result of the rate is god ordained so what -- -- definitions and at the rapists and because how did the child out of here.
That was the problem and I think that that was never clarified and communicated and I and I -- we -- Brad I think that.
Given what was going on I thought -- -- we should have made them war and say wait four years ago when Obama gave that speech on race I think.
-- obviously gave a speech on this issue.
To be very clear just sick if he he did a commercial which Murdoch the only commercially did I do -- and so I think it -- him in his position that.
He was going to pander to the Tea Party again this whole issue with the Tea Party.
Tea Party took up a pretty -- last night.
Don't know what happened bad read let's let's go back the Tea Party because a lot of Tea Party in 2010 was just you know going like gangbusters.
And was the reason became a reason for that GOP doing so well.
In -- in congress.
But in 2012.
They were almost responsible for the GOP not doing well what happened there.
-- the GOP did very well in in the house -- -- yeah yeah yeah they can't end and in the senate we had two.
Candidates primarily that did not do very well because their stance where -- outside the mainstream.
And that's unfortunate but.
You know we don't run perfect races with perfect candidates the Republican Party guess what.
Either do the Democrats the Democrats have had some real clunkers.
And and we can go through that -- But the bottom line is that the the does our party have to change.
The answer is yes our party has to change are we gonna learn the lessons of the last few election cycles my advice to my party -- we better learn those lessons to be more competitive not only the presidential level and the US senate level.
But more importantly.
In the local level and at a local level by the way we have thirty governorships.
What you're really really well salute by any stretch of the imagination this is not a death knell for the Republican Party it's a wake up call it.