Bobby Jindal says 'liking people, keeping conservative principles' keys to expanding 'GOP tent'

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 19, 2012 06:30 hrs

Indian-origin Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has said that the Republican Party needs to go back to basics to attract the broad coalition of voters who helped President Barack Obama win his re-election bid.

"If we want people to like us, we have to like them first,' Jindal said.

According to Fox News, Republicans have spent much of the time since the election discussing ways to appeal beyond their base of white men and married women.

However, in a conference call to big donors last week, Romney credited Obama's win to 'extraordinary financial gifts President Barack Obama gave to minorities such as Latinos, African-Americans and young people.

Both Jindal and Former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez backed Romney's bid for the White House, but distanced themselves from his post-election comments.

Jindal, the incoming chair of the Republican Governors Association and a potential presidential candidate in 2016, said that 'slighting people simply is not good politics'.

"You don't start to like people by insulting them and saying their votes were bought. We are an aspirational party," he said.

Jindal said the Republican Party needs to convince voters it is the party of the middle class and upward mobility.

"Its conservative principles 'are good for every single voter' and it 'has to campaign for every single vote,'" he added.

"We also don't need to be saying stupid things," Jindal said, referring to GOP Senate candidates in Missouri and Indiana who lost their races after comments about rape that were widely criticized.

Gutierrez, who served under President George W. Bush, said the country cannot grow without immigrants and the Republican Party is a natural home for them, the report said.

He said that Republicans for Immigration Reform is about people from all over the world, including Hispanics, Asians, West Africans and Ethiopians.

"If we get this right... the 21st century is ours," Gutierrez said, referring to the GOP, adding: "If we get it wrong, shame on us." (ANI)

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