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First we go to an important day for the Republicans as party heavyweights making new push to re energize their base.
And the effort is taking place beginning in Arlington Virginia today.
A number of big names are participating in a town hall style meeting.
Caroline Shively is live in Washington following all the developments hi -- tell us about the plan for the group.
Surging the group is called the national council for a new America they say -- to build the GOP from the bottom up.
To give voters an alternative to Democrats and liberals as you mentioned they had the first town hall today not too far from us.
Over their northern Virginia about 75 people came to a pizza parlor to your former Florida governor Jeb Bush and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
-- house minority whip Eric -- speak -- take a listen to governor butch.
What is this.
Here is really probably wishes.
Also politics -- seems to me is dominated by.
Rather than well the issue is going.
This is the first town hall of the group they'll have others around the country in the coming months Jamie.
We'll -- this of course is separate from the Republican National Committee so have they have before and and what do they really hope to accomplish.
This is their first time out of the gate Jamie they we've learned about them through a letter that they sent out media this week.
They're also separate from the RNC from the republic will.
The Republican National Committee that you mentioned the RNC chair Michael Steele.
Doesn't seem to be involved in this case but a lot of the goals are the same one of them.
Is to reconnect with the grass roots another is to counter the democratic charge that the GOP is the party of no plus.
Broaden party appeal beyond the base conservatives they want voters are looking ahead to 32.
And votes later this year and they know that they need to broaden that appeal.
So the question is will be -- and seen look at what comes out of this meeting and change their strategy at all.
What I think the basic principles sound like what we've heard from the GOP all along I think what they're going to be doing is changing their ground game a little bit trying to get out the -- -- also revving up their PR machine that you might remember this week house minority leader John Boehner said -- brand has been tarnished.
They'll be working on that BR.
-- -- Caroline -- great to see you in DC is the meeting continues we'll check back.
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