Tags: 2014 Midterm Elections | Bowe Bergdahl Freed | Mary Ann Mancuso | Ed Berliner | Midpoint | GOP | youth

GOP Strategist: Party Must End Generational 'Tug of War'

Monday, 09 Jun 2014 07:53 PM

By Sean Piccoli

The youth vote that went overwhelmingly to Barack Obama in 2008 is up for grabs in 2014, but to claim it, Republicans must heal an age-related split within the party, a GOP strategist said Monday.

Mary Anna Mancuso spoke with Newsmax TV's Ed Berliner on "Midpoint" about the "generational divide" that she recently addressed at politicalhype.com, a young conservatives' blog. Mancuso said the split is visible in everything from social issues to social media, and it needs to be bridged.

"There's a bit of a tug of war going on," she said, "We have the older Republicans who are trying to keep everything . . . the way that it has always worked for them.

"Then you have the younger Republicans coming in and saying, 'Hey, this is where we are. We're on social media. We're wanting to get a grassroots effort going on. Why don't you come join us? We want to talk about social issues,'" she said.

"It's time that the party kind of turns around and says, 'OK, we're going to let you into the fold and we're going to listen,'" she said.

Story continues below video.



Mancuso, who managed social media for the 2012 U.S. Senate campaign of then-Rep. Connie Mack in Florida, said young Republicans share the older generation's desire for smaller government, but see smaller government in the context of liberty.

"Why is the government weighing in on the legalization of gay marriage?" she said. "Why is the government now intruding on your privacy and tapping your phones?"

Asking those questions is "how the Republican Party is going to be able to bring in the youth vote as well as maintain the ability to keep their base energized and engaged," said Mancuso.

There are signs of progress. On the importance of social media, "The Republicans have finally woken up," said Mancuso, after a "devastating loss" in 2012 attributable in part to "the Democrats' ground game in the social media space."

One result is a GOP more committed to social media strategy. She cited a tea party favorite, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, as one example:

"He's using the hashtag "#makeDClisten.' That has just gained a lot of traction, and he's gained a lot of notoriety."

The timing for a reconciliation between younger and older Republicans is ideal, said Mancuso, with President Obama getting walloped in public opinion polls and, on some issues such as the VA hospital scandal and the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap, facing critics within his own party.

Displeasure at the Bergdahl deal is a rare instance in which the administration "got both sides of the aisle to agree," she quipped.

Related Stories:

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

CEI's Carrie Sheffield: Govt Suit Against S&P a 'Chilling Precedent'

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 21:27 PM

The government's case against Standard & Poor's over its rating of home mortgage bonds prior to the 2008 financial crisi . . .

FBT's Tom Hutchinson: Recession to Put Us in 'Deeper Hole'

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 20:44 PM

The U.S. economy is in great shape now, but the next recession won't be pretty, Tom Hutchinson, the senior editor of the . . .

Dinesh D'Souza: Romney Had His Chance and I'm Glad He's Out

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 19:01 PM

Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza says former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney made the right choice in dec . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved