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  • gfo99 gfo99 Jun 9, 2013 10:59 AM Flag

    Listen to your kids......

    A new report from the College Republicans says that the GOP has totally trashed their chances with younger voters.

    Titled the “Grand Old Party for a Brand New Generation,” the report is sharply critical of the GOP on several fronts. The study slams some Republicans’ almost singular focus on downsizing Big Government and cutting taxes; candidates’ use of offensive, polarizing rhetoric; and the party’s belly-flop efforts at messaging and outreach, even as the report presents a way forward and, at times, strikes an optimistic tone.

    In the report, the young Republican activists acknowledge their party has suffered significant damage in recent years. A sampling of the critique on:

    Gay marriage: “On the ‘open-minded’ issue … [w]e will face serious difficulty so long as the issue of gay marriage remains on the table.”

    Hispanics: “Latino voters … tend to think the GOP couldn’t care less about them.”

    Perception of the party’s economic stance: “We’ve become the party that will pat you on your back when you make it, but won’t offer you a hand to help you get there.”

    Big reason for the image problem: The “outrageous statements made by errant Republican voices.”

    Words that up-for-grabs voters associate with the GOP: “The responses were brutal: closed-minded, racist, rigid, old-fashioned.”

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