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March 18th, 2013
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Fleischer: RNC 'autopsy' report allows Republicans to 'blow a whistle on ourselves’

On Monday, the Republican Party released details of an internal review that was launched after losing the 2012 presidential election. In an unprecedented move, the GOP has decided to make the results of the review public, which includes 219 specific recommendations. This morning, CNN contributor Ari Fleischer joins “Starting Point” from The National Press Club in Washington where the RNC will be presenting its report.

"The problem the party has is we've lost five of the last six presidential election popular votes,” Fleischer says. “America demographically is changing and Republicans very much remains a party that is ideologically moored in the 1980’s without figuring out what comes next."

The former press secretary for President George W. Bush says the land of reform lies within the gubernatorial level where the GOP has 30 governors and 315 electoral votes throughout the United States. He adds that these states are “where the nation’s innovators live” and “where people with Republican core conservative principles are connecting with people’s lives and making them better winning large shares of minority votes.”

“We blow a whistle on ourselves,” says Fleischer of the report. He adds that the report details “how the party needs to be more inclusive, more welcoming, more inviting conservatism.”

Overall, Fleischer says the party has lost the “ability to be persuasive with people who don’t agree with us on every issue.” He says the remedy for this particular issue is doing “what the Governors have done.” He adds, “If somebody doesn't agree with us on every issue we can still work with them and get things done. That’s part of what republicans historically have done. We need to get back to doing that again.”

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