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Catawba College Professor of Political Science Discusses Republican Regroup

June 29, 2009

Category: Faculty, Politics

Source: Republicans Regroup After Sanford Admission (

Republican leaders are trying to reinvent the party in the Carolinas. They thought S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford was a step in the right direction. But now, in some ways, they may be back to square one. ;

Eyewitness News reporter Jason Stoogenke spoke to Catawba College political science Prof. Michael Bitzer about what the GOP has to do now to continue rebuilding. ;

BitzerBitzer said, "They've got to start with basically cleaning house and saying, 'Look, no more shoes can drop. We've got to stop hemhorraging ourselves.'" ;

Bitzer feels the party has to settle on a message and find someone to bring the different conservative movements together the way Ronald Reagan did with fiscal, social and defense conservatives. ;

He's keeping an eye on Mitt Romney and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. He also thinks Republicans need to cator more to the middle to win over independents like voter Rodney Cress. ;

Fortunately for the GOP, Cress is patient. ;

"I think the leadership is out there, you know. I could name a few off the top of my head who I think are extremely smart," he said. ;

Cress likes Newt Gingrich and Sen. Richard Burr.





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