Louisiana GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal will assume leadership of the Republican Governors Association, nad may be getting himself ready for a 2016 run at the Presidency. In an interview yesterday, Jindal called for the Republican Party to be the Party of “big ideas” and “solutions” that appeals to every American voter:
POLITICO: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Monday called on Republicans to “stop being the stupid party” and make a concerted effort to reach a broader swath of voters with an inclusive economic message that pre-empts efforts to caricature the GOP as the party of the rich.
In his first interview since his party’s electoral thumping last week, Jindal urged Republicans to both reject anti-intellectualism and embrace a populist-tinged reform approach that he said would mitigate what exit polls show was one of President Barack Obama’s most effective lines of attack against Mitt Romney.
“We’ve got to make sure that we are not the party of big business, big banks, big Wall Street bailouts, big corporate loopholes, big anything,” Jindal told POLITICO in a 45-minute telephone interview. “We cannot be, we must not be, the party that simply protects the rich so they get to keep their toys.”
He was just as blunt on how the GOP should speak to voters, criticizing his party for offending and speaking down to much of the electorate.
“It is no secret we had a number of Republicans damage our brand this year with offensive, bizarre comments — enough of that,” Jindal said. “It’s not going to be the last time anyone says something stupid within our party, but it can’t be tolerated within our party. We’ve also had enough of this dumbed-down conservatism. We need to stop being simplistic, we need to trust the intelligence of the American people and we need to stop insulting the intelligence of the voters.” . . . Read More
The Values Voter Summit is taking place in Washington today and tomorrow. We’ll be posting video from some of the main speakers.
Mike Huckabee was up first today. This clip shows him explaining that the GOP is, indeed, the “Party of KNOW.”
Huckabee said he would explain “what we know”:
“We know you can’t spend what you don’t have and you can’t borrow what you can’t afford to pay back.”
“We know that radical Islam is a threat, not just to our livelihood, but to our very next breath.”
“We know that Government shouldn’t pick the winners and losers in the marketplace……”
“We know we cannot penalize productivity and subsidize reckless irresponsibility and have a decent marketplace, which is exactly what our Government has been doing – penalizing the people who have been producing and subsidizing the people who have been making reckless and foolish decisions.”
“We know that mothers and fathers will always raise better children than Governments will.”
“We know that life matters. We know that every life is important before God and to each other.”
“We know that marriage matters. We know that marriage hasn’t changed – it still means what it means!”
“We know that on Election Day, America has an opportunity to change this great Republic – to get us back on track where we live within our means and we exercise some old fashioned sanity and some old-fashioned sense of what’s right and what’s wrong. It’s right to go vote, and it’s right to make America proud again.”
That litany of “we know” sounds like the basis of a Presidential Campaign.