Republicans descend into civil war over 'failure to oust Obama'

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 08, 2012 11:21 hrs

The Republican Party descended into a civil war over its political future, as allegations raged about its failure to oust Barack Obama and take control of the US Senate.

Some conservatives warned them that they risked annihilation by refusing to change their policies and appeal to the women, younger and ethnically diverse voters who had stood by Obama since 2008.

Yet many supporters of the Tea Party movement, whose agenda was rebuked across the US, claimed Mitt Romney had actually not been conservative enough, vowing to drive the party further to the Right, the Telegraph reports.

According to the report, Senator Marco Rubio, who is Cuban-American, called on his party to promptly heal the damage done to its image among ethnic minorities during the election, many of whom were repelled by its tough stance on immigration.

"Republicans need to work harder than ever to communicate our beliefs to them," Rubio said.

Senior Republicans will now come under pressure to create a comprehensive reform of the immigration system with Obama, or risk alienating swathes of voters even in Republican states such as Arizona, the report said.

According to the report, Bob McDonnell, the Republican governor of Virginia - a traditionally conservative said that Obama won again, amid a rising Hispanic population - said newcomers were crucial to America's economic recovery and must be embraced by Republicans.

A Republican official in Washington spoke for many defiant colleagues by predicting that the party would not need to change because Obama would drive the Democrats to disaster in a second term, the report said. (ANI)

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