The fact of the matter is that the party has lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections, and the party now must deal with the reality of an increasingly younger and multi-ethnic voting population who are collectively skeptical of Republican positions on social issues. Newt Gingrich, a former Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, and one of the strongest critics of same sex marriage, recently argued that the party is going to have to compromise on some of these social issues if they want to attract younger voters who agree with the fiscal policies of the party. He went on to state that it is clear the nation’s view of same sex marriage is rapidly reaching mass acceptance and if the Republican Party leaders do not stop “walking around and pretending it doesn't exist” they are in danger of making the party irrelevant.
The recent fight in congress concerning the budget battle shows the divide in the party, and in the strongest example of a divided front, current Speaker of the House John A. Boehner was narrowly reelected to that position as several in his own party did not vote for him, or abstained from voting all together after the speaker attempted to block a vote granting funds to Hurricane Sandy victims, an action which caused Republican Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie to publicly attack Boehner – the face of the Republican party.
So… as the Republican Party struggles to reach younger voters, what would you recommend they do to attract that younger vote?