Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., joined Democrats in putting the U.S. division on the shoulders of President Donald Trump, who he says has had poor messaging on the global coronavirus pandemic and does not do enough to rise above racial tensions.
"Hopefully after November this fever breaks, because we just can't keep going down this road," Kinzinger told Fox News' "America's News HQ" on Sunday.
Kinzinger is aiming longterm in setting goals for the Republican Party after November.
"We are the party of opportunity, but we have to go back to the basics because we haven't had a good spokesperson for the free market," Kinzinger said. "Go back to the basics of what it means to have a chance. What it means to be pulled out of poverty.
"It's not government programs that do it. It's opportunity."
Kinzinger laments the loss of political discourse.
"We're in a moment in this country where we don't have any real debates," he continued. "It's like sound bites on Twitter.
"At some point we just need to back to debating the basics and taking this seriously," he concluded.
Kinzinger was effusive in praise, however, for the Trump administration's work in dealing with China, particularly in freedom of operation missions in the South China Sea.
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