RNC Releases Report Calling for Sweeping Party Reforms, Eyes Gay and Younger Voters: READ IT

The Republican National Committee released a sweeping report on Monday with points and recommendations aimed at helping the party recover from losses it suffered in 2012 and revitalize itself for 2016, NBC News reports:

RncThe RNC’s 100-page report, the “Growth and Opportunity Project,” is the election autopsy ordered by Chairman Reince Priebus last fall.

Culled from more than 52,000 contacts with voters, party consultants and elected officials, it calls for drastic changes to almost every major element of the modern Republican Party.

“When Republicans lost in November, it was a wake-up call. And in response I initiated the most public and most comprehensive post-election review in the history of any national party,” Priebus was set to say in remarks Monday morning at the National Press Club. “As it makes clear, there’s no one reason we lost. Our message was weak; our ground game was insufficient; we weren’t inclusive; we were behind in both data and digital; our primary and debate process needed improvement.”

Here are the portions of the report which mention gays:

America Looks Different

For the GOP to appeal to younger voters, we do not have to agree on every issue, but we do need to make sure young people do not see the Party as totally intolerant of alternative points of view. Already, there is a generational difference within the conservative movement about issues involving the treatment and the rights of gays — and for many younger voters, these issues are a gateway into whether the Party is a place they want to be.

 

Some people say Republicans don’t care

If we believe our policies are the best ones to improve the lives of the American people, all the American people, our candidates and offce holders need to do a better job talking in normal,people-oriented terms and we need to go to communities where Republicans do not normally go to listen and make our case. We need to campaign among Hispanic, black, Asian, and gay Americans and demonstrate we care about them, too. We must recruit more candidates who come from minority communities. But it is not just tone that counts. Policy always matters.

Then further down…

If we believe our policies are the best ones to improve the lives of the American people, all the American people, our candidates and offce holders need to do a better job talking in normal, people-oriented terms and we need to go to communities where Republicans do not normally go to listen and make our case. We need to campaign among Hispanic, black, Asian, and gay Americans and demonstrate that we care about them, too

Read the full document below:

 

Growth Opportunity Project