Republicans must convince young voters that supporting the "cool" Democrats has led to a divided America, says John Sununu, former governor of New Hampshire and chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush.
"My feeling on all of this, this politics of division, black versus white, men versus women, successful versus not successful, class warfare — the Republicans have to frame this as a message and a message directed to the young voters of America after this election," Sununu said Tuesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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"[They must] say, 'You guys have been voting for cool in the past and this is what cool is giving you — a Democratic Party that has designed to divide America.' "
"[We have to] see if we can get them to open their eyes because the biggest concern I have going forward [after] a great night for Republicans is that we have … a nation that's divided and a nation that's divided is not a strong nation."
Sununu said the nation cannot continue the "politics of division."
He said he is "very optimistic" about a victory for Scott Brown, the Republican running against New Hampshire Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.
"Scott's going to do it. Up here it's going to be a question of turnout and the only reason I'm not absolutely sure he's going to win is we were surprised in 2012 with the ground game the Democrats put in to get voters out," he said.
"We haven't been able to see what they're doing and I get nervous when I don't see what they're doing, but the Republicans have matched them in ground game and it's going to be a great night for New Hampshire with Brown taking the Senate seat."
He said he was not surprised by a new report claiming that in 2012, Shaheen exchanged correspondence with a top official at the IRS about cracking down on the political activity of tax-exempt groups.
"It's the Shaheen shenanigans and the Democrats have tons of that on their back," Sununu said.
"It's part in general what has created such an anger that's going to drive the vote up tonight."
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