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?I fear that the immigration issue is kind of the gateway issue. As long as the Republican immigration message is harsh and unyielding, I don?t think you?re going to get people to listen to you.?
? Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who drew a standing ovation at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., last summer, noting?she is also optimistic about the party?s ?diversifying voices,? including Rubio, Jindal?& Jeb Bush.
?It?s not just being opposed to illegal immigration ? it?s being in favor of legal immigration, and leading with that. It?s a more inclusive message.?
? Former Republican National Party Chairman Ed Gillespie, sending a more inviting signal to Hispanics.
?You face the grave danger of an Obama generation of young people who decide that they?re Democrats for the next 40 years,? says Newt Gingrich.????
?People underestimate how big the gap is between how the country has been evolving, and the way our leadership and our consultants and our professionals think about politics.
?That?s part of why virtually all of them who gave a prediction for Election Day were just plain wrong. And that includes me.?
Newt Gingrich, dismissing much of the GOP post-election gestures as lip service, recommending Republicans have a much deeper problem than they think.
?In private conversations with Republicans, you hear it,? she said. But, she warned, ?The people will resonate with a message that?s genuine, not one that is constructed for electoral purposes,? says Rice, now a Stanford University professor:.