After all, 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 prompted reflection among the base.
What would it take for the GOP to win the White House in 2016?
Just a few months after Obama was sworn in for his second term, we debated the motion “The GOP Must Seize the Center or Die” with four of the Republican party’s most influential voices: New York Times op-ed columnist David Brooks and former Republican congressman Mickey Edwards debated talk radio host Laura Ingraham and Faith & Freedom Coalition chairman, Ralph Reed.
At the time, the majority of our audience voted for this motion: The GOP Must Seize the Center or Die.
Today, just days before the 2016 Republican National Convention, we revisit the debate to see how the arguments have endured. It was startling to hear how little of the debate related to the current state of the GOP. |
A mere three years ago, none of our debaters had even the slightest clue that Donald Trump was destined to capture the party’s presidential nomination. Rather, the debate was about conservatism: what makes a conservative a conservative, and who represents the party’s future. John Donvan reflects on the contrast. “That level of discourse… it almost seems like a more innocent time.”
What does the GOP stand for? What conservative ideals should it embrace? Not long ago, these were questions that Republicans were asking themselves. Listen here and reflect on the answers in light of candidate Trump.
Watch the full debate, see highlights and cast your vote now.