No more “Party of No.”
Top Republican officials and lawmakers plan to announce on Thursday a series of town hall-style meetings about their ideas for shaping the country. With the backing of the House and Senate GOP leaders, the new group will operate independent from the Republican National Committee and highlight conservative ideas and seek to draw contrasts with President Barack Obama.
Their first mission is turn back Democrats’ claim that the GOP does little more than say “no” to the White House and Democratic leaders of Congress. Republicans involved say it won’t be automatic.
“One of the things that’s constantly stated by the Obama administration spokesman is that the Republicans are the ‘Party of No,’ and that the conservatives don’t have ideas,” said former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. “But conservatives, in general, have not done a great job on putting forward their ideas.”
To that end, several groups have announced plans to illustrate GOP positions with real-life examples of how their ideas could help voters. The Congress-based group includes Bush, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain. Leaders plan to have their first event this weekend in Virginia.