The Republican Party has a good shot of taking back the Senate — but it won't be with the help of the tea party or right-wingers, according to economist Peter Morici, a professor at the University of Maryland.
"If they're going to take back the Senate, they're going to have run a moderate-right agenda," Morici told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"That doesn't mean they have to compromise their values away, but we can't have any suicidal candidates anymore … The Republican Party has got real problems that are race-based and gender-based."
Morici pointed out that Asian-Americans, who are fairly conservative, have not embraced Republican efforts.
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In addition, Hispanic-Americans, who are not generally Democrats and have fairly conservative values also have "fundamental problems'' with some of the more extreme elements of the GOP.
"[They] are going to have to be resolved with these groups if they're going to run because, frankly, white guys are not enough," Morici said.
"In 2016, they face a particular problem. I have a feeling there's such a sympathy among women for a female president, that you could put a bonnet on a nanny goat and she would win."
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