Georgia’s Republican lieutenant governor on Sunday said the GOP doesn’t need election reform to win elections — it needs “real leadership” and a “new focus.”
In an interview on NBC News’ “Meet The Press,” Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan also asserted he’s against so-called no-excuse absentee balloting in his state.
“There is a lot of solutions in search of a problem,” Duncan said of election reform efforts in Georgia, which became a flash point after President Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential vote in the state.
The GOP-led no-excuse absentee ballot bill that passed the Georgia Senate on March 8 came in response to big Democrat victories in the presidential election and two U.S. Senate runoffs. Many of the proposals being floated target absentee voting after former President Donald Trump repeatedly claimed fraud in mail voting.
“Republicans don't need election reform to win. We need leadership,” Duncan he said.
“Millions of Republicans are waking up realizing Donald Trump's tone and strategy is unwinnable in forward looking elections. We need real leadership and new focus.”
The GOP 2.0 “includes moderate, in the middle to get us to the next election,” he said.
Duncan insisted, however, the moderation does not include blanket absentee voting.
“We have locked steps [with GOP Gov. Brian Kemp] on absentee ballots to be eliminated,” he said. “I think there are some calmer tones coming.”
According to Duncan, in the 2020 election, the GOP “lost credibility.”
“Those are 10 weeks we can't take back,” he said of the uncertainty and unrest that followed the November election, calling Jan. 6 “a pivot point for this country and party.”
“We got four years to win back the White House,” he said. “We are not going to do it with a divisive tone or missing solving big problems for real people. If you are a single mom with three kids working two jobs, you don't care about Democrats or Republicans. You care about real solutions to your problem. We are the party of solutions. We need to make sure we stay focused.”
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