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RNC's McDaniel: GOP Must Show it Can Govern or Risk Losses in 2018

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RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

By    |   Friday, 14 Apr 2017 07:38 AM

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel warned the GOP must keep campaign promises or risk losses in next year's midterm elections, the Washington Examiner reported.

"It's hard to win if you don't govern," she told the Examiner. "I think it's early. I think the president's working hard on those issues and we've already seen some very strong governance from the White House with deregulation, with (Neil) Gorsuch, with Keystone (Pipeline), with jobs coming back."

"But we have to continue that, and we have to keep promises that we made on the campaign trail."

She acknowledged it is easier for a party to unite when it is out of power.

"It's very easy to unite a party around opposition or wanting to get the White House back," she said. "That's a unifying message, and you're seeing the Democrats uniting around being the party of 'no' and the party of 'resist.'

"It is harder when you govern because you have things you have to run on and sometimes your constituents may not agree on certain things that you're doing. But there's a recognition that we have to maintain majorities if we're going to accomplish the agenda put forth by President (Donald) Trump on the campaign trail."

But she praised the ongoing debate within the party over key issues.

"I actually think it's a strength of our party that we have a robust dialogue, that you bring different viewpoints to the discussion," she said.

"The Democrats are always in lockstep with each and that is exactly why we have the disaster of Obamacare. They didn't have a discussion. They didn't have people pointing out: 'Hey, there's a flaw here. Let's talk about this. Let's take it to our constituents. Let's have a transparent process. Let's maybe read it before we pass it.' Those types of things maybe would have made it a better bill."

While she insisted the party remains focused on 2018, other Republicans note the GOP is experiencing growing pains.

"Republicans have stumbled out of the starting line," Tom Davis, former chairman of the House GOP's political arm, the National Republican Congressional Committee is quoted in the Miami Herald.

"They couldn't get their health care bill and the president has had a problem with executive orders. They're explainable mistakes, but they're beginner's missteps as they transition from an opposition party to a governing party.

"They gotta be careful, or they'll be an opposition party again," he added.

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