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The Republican Party is launching -- -- campaign today not for an office but for an image change.
In the past few years the GOP has lost the White House majority in congress.
The numbers are really quite startling on first glance since 2004 Republicans lost 54 of -- ordered 35 total seats in the house represented -- Fifteen of the 100 in the United States senate including most recently Arlen Specter the veteran Republican senator announced earlier this week he was becoming a Democrat.
And there's still an undecided senate race in Minnesota if Democrat Al Franken wins as is suspected that will be sixteen losses.
This isn't happening just in Washington GOP incumbents lost seven governor races nationwide.
House minority leader John Boehner spoke about all of this today listen.
And a difficult position having lost a lot of seats in the 2006 election cycle of lot of seats and who doesn't always cycle.
Our candidate for president didn't do for nearly as well -- all would've liked.
And so while.
Our our brand.
Has been tarnished.
So now the Republican Party is launching sort of listening tour ally Hillary Clinton and sending its most famous figures to cities all across our land to try to reconnect voters.
With -- now the chairman of the House Republican Conference Mike pence he's -- -- house office -- -- great to see you thank you.
Thanks -- what's job number one for repairing what John Boehner calls the tarnished image.
Well look there's no question this -- challenging time.
For the GOP.
I have to tell you I think the key for any political.
In this country.
And particularly here in Washington DC has -- its ability.
To connect and in our case to reconnect.
With the values and the sentiments and the ideas.
Of the American people this new initiative.
To go out to listen to learn to draw the great ideas from across this country.
In to Washington DC and into the debate over everything from energy to health care to the economy is part and parcel of what.
This new effort is really all about -- a lot of people in America really feel like.
No one in Washington is listening to them Republicans have been in the fight against all the runaway spending we're bringing new ideas.
Oh well now we want to harness that energy I don't -- that running -- spending.
One point two trillion happen under the last administration in the middle of this economic crisis but.
But there is evidence that suggests that the right wing of the Republican Party the club for growth and others.
Have come in and said we're gonna run candidates against your candidates to quote purify -- -- as Arlen Specter put -- the party.
Do you need to -- in the right.
The -- come on -- what I mean I remember.
More -- more than half of house Republicans oppose the Wall Street bail out not once but twice the heirs of the last administration Republicans have some share in the but I gotta tell you since the first of this year Republicans on Capitol Hill and fought the so called stimulus bill the omnibus bill in this.
Monstrous budget -- have nearly one trillion dollars in deficit every year for the next ten years was opposed by every single Republican in congress.
Three different times so just -- -- trust me on this Republicans know what our values are.
This effort to reach out across the country is to re ground our party with the common sense.
Virtues and wisdom of the American people were very excited about.
A lot of moderates have switched over to the other side of sort of dropped out of the process and a lot of people point to social issues saying that the right wing at least to the Republican Party is out of touch with mainstream America do you agree and -- changes in the works.
Well look I'm pro life I don't apologize for it in there are.
Tens of millions.
Of Americans Republicans Democrats and independent -- of -- sanctity of life.
And -- well believe in the sanctity of life and in the sanctity of marriage and we're going to reconnect with those people as well by taking the kind of stands we took yesterday on the so called.
Hate crimes bill which really represents a threat to religious.
Freedom of expression in this country but -- this this tour that has been a little bit under way -- go to Virginia this weekend.
I'm gonna go on tour with the energy working group out the Pittsburgh and Indianapolis in California this month.
We it's all built on a simple idea -- and that is that all the best ideas in America.
Are out in America not in Washington DC Republicans are gonna go out not only share our vision we're gonna listen we're gonna learn that we're going to lead.
This government back to fiscal discipline limited government free market values and yes those traditional values.
Congressman Mike pence of Indiana good luck thank you.
Thank you feel all right continuing coverage of breaking news and a big move on Capitol Hill to try to rein in credit card firms.
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Bill of rights you can see -- the voting is underway right now it would appear that the total vote is coming together we don't have a decision yet still four minutes and forty.
What four hours and 43 minutes is that right four minutes and 43 seconds of the clock -- stopped on what happens maybe everything -- stopped in Washington.
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