Republicans must change everything: Bobby Jindal
Gov. Bobby Jindal delivered the keynote address at the Republican National Committee's winter meeting Thursday night in Charlotte, North Carolina, becoming the latest high-profile conservative from outside Washington to call for fundamental changes inside the party.
"We've got to stop being the stupid party. It's time for a new Republican Party that talks like adults,'' he said. "We had a number of Republicans damage the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments. I'm here to say we've had enough of that.''
Jindal offered little detail in the 25-minute address. He called on conservatives to shift their focus from Capitol Hill number crunching to "the place where conservatism thrives – in the real world beyond the Washington Beltway.''
Republican officials from across the country are gathering in North Carolina this week to begin shaping a path forward following their party's November shellacking.
Despite a weak economy and a high unemployment rate, Republicans failed to regain control of the presidency and Senate, where Democrats gained seats. Republicans held on to their majority in the House of Representatives but lost seats there, too.
The outcome displayed the large and growing advantage of Democrats among women and minorities amid the Republican Party's sharp turn to the right in recent years.
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