Tags: reed | gop | message | obamacare

Ralph Reed: GOP Needs to Say What It's 'For,' Not 'Against'

Monday, 04 Nov 2013 11:57 AM

By Wanda Carruthers

The Republican party, facing historically-low approval ratings, can rebound by saying what it's "for" and not what it's "against," Faith and Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed said Monday.

"Number one, you've got to say what you're for, not just what you're against. It's not enough being against Obamacare. What's our plan?" Reed said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

Story continues below video.

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy



Republicans also need to recruit candidates who are "effective messengers," Reed said.
"Secondly, you have to . . . win some candidates who are effective messengers, who can win people who even don't always agree with you on every issue. You look at really good politicians, they get people to vote for them who don't necessarily agree with them on everything," he added.

"Candidates matter," Reed continued to stress, pointing to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as an example of the kind of popular candidate who has strong conservative views but still manages to attract voters across the political spectrum.

"Chris Christie is pro-life. He's pro-marriage. He's tried to cut income taxes. He's held the line on property taxes. What it shows . . . is that candidates matter," he said. "I think Christie is an archetype of the gubernatorial wing of the party."

When it comes to the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, Reed indicated the best strategy for Republicans is to keep a low profile because administration and Democratic supporters of the law are "committing suicide."

"The first thing you do is, when your opponent is in the process of committing suicide, you stay out of camera range," Reed said.

Related Links:

House Republicans to Newsmax: Let Obamacare Take Effect and Die
Don't Delay Obamacare, Let Democrats Hang Themselves











© 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

Mike Huckabee: Misquote on 'Trashy Women' Was No Mistake

Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 22:51 PM

Former Fox News host Mike Huckabee says it was no mistake when the website Politico reported that he said the women of F . . .

John Boehner: Not Backing Down on Obama Overreach

Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 20:50 PM

House Speaker John Boehner told Fox News Wednesday he "was the tea party before there was a tea party," and that he has  . . .

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Regrets 'Confusion' Over State News Site

Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 20:39 PM

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday he regrets the confusion caused by a memo about his administration's planned st . . .

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