Topic: The GOP Must Seize the Center or Die
David Brooks, Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times
Mickey Edwards, Former U.S. Congressman (R), OK
Laura Ingraham, Host, The Laura Ingraham Show
Ralph Reed, Chairman, Faith & Freedom Coalition
2012 was a disappointing year for Republicans. The failure to win key swing states in the presidential election and surprising losses in the House and Senate has prompted some reflection. Was their embrace of small government, low taxes and a strong conservative stance on social issues at odds with shifting American demographics? Or did the GOP embrace the right platform, but the wrong candidates?