Jeb Bush: GOP 'can't be the old white guy party'
Former Fla. gov says create 'a shadow government,' focus on policyJeb Bush says the Republican Party needs to adapt in the wake of wide-ranging defeat in the election and move beyond its traditional position as the "old white guy party."
The former Florida governor told Newsmax correspondent Ashley Martella that Republicans should create "a shadow government" to challenge Democrats on policy grounds.
"In Washington we need to show humility and be the loyal opposition. I actually think we need to organize ourselves in the form of a shadow government and make it based on policy and not on partisanship," he said. "People are sick and tired of the partisanship, just for partisan sake, but they aren't sick and tired of a loftier debate about policy."
Bush argued that GOP positions were winners, although he noted that Florida Republicans had avoided sticking to the right's hard-line views on issues like immigration, which alienate Hispanic voters.
"We can't be the old, white guy party, it's not going to work," he said.
"It means recruiting candidates that look like the population we are trying to attract to our cause," Bush said.
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This video is from Newsmax.com, broadcast Dec. 1, 2008.
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