GOP road map: Immigration reform, fewer debates, $10M for minority outreach

Reince Priebus: RNC ‘cannot and will not’ write off any demographic, community or region

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Mr. Bush proposed immigration reform in 2004 and saw an immediate backlash from some party faithful who said they would boycott donating to the RNC.

But Mr. Bush won about 40 percent of the Hispanic vote in that year’s elections.

Since then, the party’s share slipped to 31 percent for Sen. John McCain in 2008 and 27 percent last year for Mr. Romney, who ran on the strictest immigration stance of any major party nominee in modern times.

Republicans on all sides of the ideological spectrum have faulted Mr. Romney, arguing he failed to connect with voters, changed his own positions too often, and misspent his money — though he did quite well in raising it.

Mr. Romney has said the drawn-out primary season didn’t help him, and one of the new report’s suggestions is to cut that short and move up the party’s nominating convention to June or July.

The plan also calls for cutting the number of primary debates in half, to about a dozen.

“As [the report] makes clear, there’s no one reason why we lost,” Mr. Priebus said. “Our message was weak. Our ground game was insufficient. We weren’t inclusive. We were behind in both data and digital. And our primary and debate process needed improvement. So there’s no one solution. There’s a long list of them.”

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