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November 8th, 2012
09:38 AM ET

Rep. Latourette: GOP 'can't continue to diss Latino voters,' Tea Party election response is 'crap'

The American people aren't the only ones fed up with the partisan gridlock in Washington. Many elected officials are also at their wits end and are calling it quits because of their frustration.

Ohio Republican Congressman Steve Latourette is one of the lawmakers who has chosen to leave Congress because of politicians' failure to work across the aisle, and he sits down with the Starting Point team this morning to discuss his decision.

"I've been at it for 18 years ... and the difference is that the small things we used to be able to do in a bipartisan way, we can't get done," Rep. Latourette says. "The lack of willingness to find common ground on the no-brainer issues is really what put me over the edge."

The Congressman also responds to the Tea Party Patriot's response to the election results, calling it "crap." In a statement released Tuesday night, the Patriots blame Romney's loss on the fact that he was a "weak, moderate candidate, hand-picked by the Beltway elites and country-club establishment wing of the Republican Party."

"That's nonsense," Latourette says. "We have to get out of people's lives, get out of people's bedrooms and be a national party or else we're going to lose."

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