The key to a strong GOP is reaching out to all Americans, GOP governors said this week at the annual Republican Governors Association conference in Scottsdale, Ariz.,
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And to do that in 2014, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said, the party must be "talking to people's hearts."
On immigration, Perry said the changes he expects in Mexican economic policy will "completely change the immigration discussion," according to ABC News.
"I would suggest the discussion is going to be where are we going to find enough people to fill all the jobs that we are helping to create in this country, because everyone who had came over here illegally looking for a job to take care of their family is going home," Perry said.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich said, "People have to know that you care about them, that you understand them. If they are stuck in a ditch, you are going to put your shoulder to the back of their car and you are going to help push them out. . . . People will say that's kind of a new brand for Republicans — create jobs, compassion, care."
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin agreed that Republicans have "got to do a better job as a party of showing people that we listen, that we understand their problems, that we are going to do something and then keep our word."
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, outgoing chairman of the conference, said, "We have to do a better job of defining what we are for" and not "outsource our brand management to D.C."
"We have to win the war of ideas. Too often in D.C. we are defined as the party of no, too often we are defined about what we are against."
Perry, Kasich, and Jindal are among GOP governors eyed as possible presidential candidates in 2016, but they first must get past 2014, when 36 governorships are up for election, according to the Republican Governors Conference.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — who this month won a landslide re-election and is at the top of many lists of possible presidential contenders — is incoming chairman of the conference.
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