The GOP is taking a long look in the mirror after Mitt Romney lost the election and a whole series of ballot initiatives were passed against Republican ideology.
The party will have to reassess its identity without Texas Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, who is retiring from her Senate seat on January 3rd.
Sen. Hutchison sits down with Soledad on Starting Point this morning to discuss the GOP's path forward.
"I think people have personal beliefs and what we need to do is fashion a party around the economics and long term viability of the economy of our country," Hutchison says. "I think when people start trying to get into such personal issues and form a party around it, it’s very difficult. I think the Tea Party for instance started by focusing on the debt and fiscal cliff and then got mired in a myriad of other issues that muddled the message that we have to do something about the economy."
According to CNN's exit polls, 55% of women voted for Obama versus 44% for Romney. Regarding this discrepancy, Hutchison says, "When we talk about women's issues and social issues, people have to stop trying to act like the woman is a throw away. We've got to talk to women about the issues they care about."
Hutchison also weighs in on the fiscal cliff negotiations, saying that compromise will be hard because both parties have the same goal but different ways of solving the problem.
Hutchison, who's retiring after this year, said the personal beliefs of some Republicans dampened her party's focus on the economy this election year.
"We had Republican candidates who got very high profile and said some very stupid things. I think that really tainted the party," the senator says.