What is the Republicans' next move?
Gov. Jindal, Gov. Walker on GOP future
- Duration 10:20
- Date Nov 18, 2012
Gov. Jindal, Gov. Walker on GOP future
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After a disappointing Election Day it's no surprise Republicans would do some soul searcher.
But what is a surprise is how quickly it's been gone and how serious -- -- Joining us now to talk about the future of the party governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana the new chair.
Of the Republican Governors Association is in his State Capitol Baton Rouge.
And from San Diego Wisconsin governor Scott Walker the new vice chair of the RG -- gentlemen this week.
Mitt Romney NAE a conference call that big donors attributed his defeat.
To President Obama getting out gets to minorities and young people governor Jindal.
You reacted very sharply -- that let's take a look.
But the president the president's campaign hit.
This on certain members of this based coalition.
Financial gifts from the government.
That notion that description we got to stop being the stupid court you know what I mean by that certainly stop making stupid comment.
So governor what was -- about -- Romney sat.
Rod do things first governor Romney is an honorable and exceptional man I'm proud of campaign former across this country.
But -- actually reject what he said look we as a Republican Party have to campaign for every single vote.
We want people like this we have to like them first and you don't start to like people might insulting them by saying their votes were bought where an aspiration party.
Let the Democratic Party be the party that says demography is destiny that says we're gonna divide people by race by gender by class.
We have -- Republican Party believe are conservative principles are good for every single voter so -- just a marketing campaign is not just -- better PR folks.
We're gonna go and convince and fight for every single vote showing them that -- the party for the middle class.
Upward mobility we don't start winning majorities in when elections by insulting our bunkers.
But Governor Walker -- wanted to take up a look at this exit polls from election night.
Who is more in touch with people like you 53%.
Said Mitt Romney question how to Republicans convince.
The middle class that your looking out for them.
Why I think you see it in the governorships and we now and in a nation that went for a Democrat for president you now have thirty states that have Republican.
Governors I think there's there's a trust factor there.
I share the -- belief that that Bobby mentioned as well that we need to be a party.
That that you just talked about it we go out and actively.
Take the message I think a winning message one that we want on it.
Each of these states -- -- whether Republican governors but we take it and we we go out to where people are we've got a master's work for young people that worked for people who.
Come to our country from other countries.
Basically for anyone who wants to live their -- American dream we have to show that we're serious about reaching out helping everyone.
Not just a group here not just a group there but everyone in this country live their piece of the American dream.
I think that starts with our governors is great.
Passengers but governor Jindal.
What about the debate that is going on here in Washington right now about the fiscal -- President Obama says look.
Let's extend the bush tax cuts the lower tax rates for 98%.
Of all taxpayers including the middle class right now we can all sign -- today took out -- -- at the news conference.
And the Republicans say -- and -- we can't do that until we decide what we're gonna do with the top 2% of taxpayers.
How why wouldn't a middle class voter look at that and say these guys the GOP are all about protecting the branch.
-- things one -- is a Republican Party need to make it very clear we're gonna make -- -- there were not the party big.
Big businesses big banks big Wall Street big bailout when it comes to the tax code we is there were a Republican Party have to make it very clear -- for -- lower flatter simpler tax code.
You can maintain progressivity for example they have an idea is to limit deductions for the wealthy -- idea -- to get rid of some of these carve outs.
We need to make it very clear we're not the party trying to protect the respect and protect themselves were the party that wants growth pro growth policies let the Democratic Party be the party of growing garment growing revenues -- gonna grow the private sector economy.
And so that starts -- lower flatter simpler -- have lower flatter simpler tax -- and -- -- can still be progressive let's -- -- -- there -- -- ideas to get -- of these carve -- special treatments to limit the deductions for -- but here's the second point.
When it comes this fiscal cliff -- -- in congress.
I guarantee it would that if they just put a band -- on this will be -- another fiscal cliff and a few months from now.
We need structural changes in that could be a balanced budget amendment to the constitution a supermajority vote.
Before they raise our taxes a limit on the growth in government spending so we can't go fast and economy -- population growth.
Limiting government spending as a percentage of GDP without those structural changes we're not getting any -- this is just kicking the can down the road.
And let's also be clear this country doesn't need too liberal or democratic party's yes we need each other our policies are appealing and worked for the middle class.
We don't need to abandon our principles this country doesn't need to democratic party's.
But Governor Walker mean look at the optics of it when the president is holding up as -- and I'll signed.
Extending tax at lower taxes which is supposedly -- Republican.
Monster four -- 98% of Americans.
And the -- and the Republicans are saying not so fast.
Bill Kristol was on this show last week and -- -- you know it wouldn't -- the Republicans.
To raise taxes on millionaires a little -- is -- wrong.
What I think you look at the contrast between Washington what's happening in each of our state -- as the vast majority of us who were new governors two years ago inherited major budget deficits and our states.
We balance those deficits without raising taxes affect the states like Wisconsin we actually cut taxes over the past two years and revenues have gone up I think.
Most Americans not just those in politics most Americans look at what's happening a Washington think.
-- -- in the boat.
The economy is a much -- if you don't get me wrong I think they need to balance the budget I think they need to.
Take -- these fiscal issues but more importantly.
We need to get the economy -- we need to get people back to work and that disproportionately affects the middle class right now in the fact that they're talking about anything.
That might make it worse in the economy I think is a bad sign about what's happening in Washington.
Let's talk briefly and we're gonna I'd run into a time crunch here -- -- minutes on the basket from for a quick answers on a couple of -- -- the problem is that your party had.
On Election Day -- -- Hispanics has been well documented 71%.
Voted for Obama.
For Romney Governor Walker.
Does your party need to rethink where it stands on the DREAM Act and the whole issue of the eleven million illegals who -- currently in this country.
Well I think we need to find a way to move forward on this I think we what more people who wanna live the American dream -- in this country's based on immigrants we've got to find a way.
To welcome all of our immigrants and all those who want to live that -- the American dream and I think what we do it before I was governor I was watching an executive at historically I want nearly every.
Hispanics -- -- in this and in Milwaukee County where I was account executive why.
Because I had a message that resonated with everyone I had.
Help with small business owners I -- help a school choice for parents who wanted their kids to prevail it.
Get the opportunity they deserve those are things we need to be talking about a -- to share that message went all the voters we're gonna do better whether -- with Hispanic voters whether it's young voters.
Was any other voters out there will do well because we've got a message prosperity and freedom for all.
And and governor Jindal let's take a look at unmarried women who backed Obama -- by a wide margin unmarried women voted for Obama by a margin of 67%.
Governor you say to Republicans don't change change your principles modernize.
But you got to know -- during this campaign.
The Democrats hammered your party.
When it came to -- road to freedom of choice on abortion.
When it came to access to birth control when it came to funding a planned parent and how do you convince unmarried women.
That you're looking out for them.
Smokers a couple things one I think we can still be true our principles not on pro life -- follow the teachings my church in my faith at the same time.
I think we can be respectful of those that disagree with us we don't need to demonize those -- disagree listening to respect the fact that.
Others have come to different conclusions based on their own sincerely held beliefs and have a civil debate we don't need to demonize her and we also -- -- don't you be saying stupid things -- we have candidates in Indiana and Missouri.
That said offensive things that not only hurt themselves and -- -- to senate seats but also hurt the Republican Party are across the board so.
I think we can be true to our principles would only to pander change our principles but the same time we can be respectful.
You mentioned something look when a majority of voters in this election think the Democratic Party is more likely to cut taxes middle class and Republican Party.
That -- we've got a problem -- would single women and middle class voters but voters across the country that means we've got a serious problem.
About making sure that voters understand what we as a party stand for the principles were pursuing and that once we get back on track from we are the party fighting for the middle class and helps those female voters Hispanic voters and -- -- -- there.
And finally governor welcoming got less than a minute left both of you have decided not to set up state health care exchanges under Obama care but rob to let.
The fads come in and do it.
And I guess the question I have is did it would you agree that at this point with the president reelected obamacare is here does that.
-- is the law and we made that clear.
The difference is what we pointed out in our states I think Bobby feels the -- his and other governors including some Democrats.
Feel like of the options were given to comply with the -- state run partnership work or defer to the federal government.
The state run option is really stay in name only it's still provides all the same stipulations affect -- State that has an exchange.
Can't even go ahead -- -- exchange to qualify.
For the federal program so in the end if -- -- in name only we'd rather have the federal government do it as much as it pains us living in federalism in the end.
It's better they do it not incur the additional potential cost or taxpayers that the state where change would expose us.
Governor Walker governor Jindal -- gonna have to leave it there there's obviously a lot more to talk about we'll have you back to do it.
And we'll be tracking -- the two of you try to take the party in the coming months thank you gentlemen.
That letter addressed.