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Did Focus on National Politics Handicap the GOP?

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2009/08/24/Uncommon_Knowledge_Thaddeus_McCotter Representative Thaddeus McCotter argues that the Republican party erred by shifting from a local to a national focus. "As the Republican party, we are not an ideological national movement, we are a philosophical movement based upon people who get elected by district." ----- Why has the GOP stumbled in the new century, and what can it do to restore itself? Rep. McCotter analyzes how the Republican Party went off track, taking on todays big issues -- the bailouts and the economy, health care, and the war in Afghanistan -- to offer insights into how the GOP can regain the confidence of the American people. Switching from issues to ideology, McCotter spells out the principles of conservatism that the party must not compromise as it changes to meet the challenges of the future. - Hoover Institution Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 and has served as chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee since 2006. Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he writes about business and politics, edits Hoover's quarterly journal, the Hoover Digest, and hosts Hoover's television program, Uncommon Knowledge.
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