Larry Kudlow: GOP Must Stress Jobs, Obamacare to Win

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 12:32 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

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If Republicans want to win elections, they need to keep to a "big tent philosophy" and press topics like job creation and Obamacare, Larry Kudlow told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Wednesday.

"This is a year where the big tent philosophy is going to work pretty nicely," said Kudlow, a senior contributor to CNBC. "The Republicans are going to have the upper hand on economic growth. They're going to have the upper hand on Obamacare. These are very important issues."

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Republicans should prevail, Kudlow suggested, because the country continues to face "the worst economic recovery since World War II."

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Obamacare would also be a primary issue, he said, because "it's going to be bad for healthcare and healthcare costs."

Host Joe Scarborough explained that while Republicans often split on social issues, they are generally united on "jobs, taxes, regulation, getting people back to work."

Miles Nadal, chairman and CEO of MDC Partners, called job creation "the most important issue" for voters, and suggested the GOP should stress economic solutions in upcoming elections.

"If the Republican Party focuses on that single issue about job creation throughout the entire economy, especially in small business, that is the critical issue. The way to stimulate the economy and benefit Main Street is through job creation," Nadal told the "Morning Joe" panel.

Scarborough said it is also important for Republicans to do a better job vetting candidates. He specifically made reference to previous Senatorial candidates Christine O'Donnell and Todd Akin.

"We've lost five out of the last six popular elections. The bigger problem is . . . that a lot of the time we're nominating people that have to put on 30-second commercials where they declare that they're not a witch, or they're redefining rape, and doing some really, really stupid things," Scarborough said.

O'Donnell, Republican candidate for the Senate in Delaware in 2010, made a TV commercial in which she said, "I am not a witch" in response to a comment she made in 1999 about how she had "dabbled into witchcraft."

Akin, a Missouri Republican, attempted to unseat Democratic Sen. Clare McCaskill in 2012, but ran into headwinds when he suggested on Twitter that women don't often get pregnant from "legitimate rape."

"I hear a lot of, not just Republicans, but a lot of conservative Republicans that oppose Obamacare, that oppose higher taxes, that oppose more regulations . . . who say, 'You know what? Just keep the crazy at home. We want to actually win elections and change America for the better,'" Scarborough said.

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