GOP leader: Rebuild party based on 'sanctity of marriage'
David Edwards and Andrew McLemore
Published: Sunday November 9, 2008

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The Republican brand is still alive and well, Rep. Mike Pence said on Fox News Sunday.

When asked by Chris Wallace what "conservative solutions" the GOP would bring to their current minority-party status, Pence said social issues like "the sanctity of marriage" will remain the backbone of the Republican platform.

"You build those conservative solutions, Chris, on the same time-honored principles of limited government, a belief in free markets, in the sanctity of life, the sanctity of marriage," Pence said.

The Indiana representative cited the ballot measures against gay marriage that passed on Election Day as evidence of the continuing presence of conservative values.

"There were three state referendums on marriage ... all three carried. The vitality of the conservative movement around the country is very real," said Pence.

Pence is set for the No. 3 spot among Republicans in the House of Representatives, while Rep. Eric Cantor is generally viewed as the heir to the No. 2 position.

Cantor also spoke on Fox News Sunday and agreed with Wallace that the GOP must evolve to meet the challenges of posed by the Internet savvy Obama machine.

"There's no question that the Republican Party has got to stop doing things the way we've always done them," Cantor said.

Cantor told Wallace that Republicans would be counterweight against the power of the Democrats.

Cantor said, "You will see a Republican party in Congress serving as a check and a balance against Mr. Obama's power and Speaker Pelosi's power."

Although the Republican Party suffered a major loss to Democrats in Tuesday's election, Pence agreed with Cantor and said Republicans still have power granted by normal people.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi abandoned her "historic opposition" against offshore drilling, Pence said, because the American people "mobilized" around the Republican Party.

"We're going to invite the American people to join us in stopping any slide to the left by the Obama administration or Pelosi Democrats," Pence said.

This video is from Fox's Fox News Sunday, broadcast November 9, 2008.

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