OXON HILL,Md.— As the GOP struggles to broaden its appeal,the head of the American Conservative Union declared Thursday that the Republican Party is not a home for everyone,as prominent voices in Republican politics gather with thousands of conservatives and tea party activists outside Washington.
The Conservative Political Action Conference offers Republican leaders — past and potential presidential contenders among them — a high-profile stage to court their party’s most passionate voters. The three-day gathering also shines a spotlight on deep divisions within the Republican Party as it tries to recover from a painful 2012 election season.
“I’m a firm believer that if the Republican Party is going to have some success,it’s going to do so by being a conservative party and not a home for everybody. That’s how you grow,” Al Cardenas,chairman of the American Conservative Union,told reporters Thursday morning as the conference began at Maryland’s National Harbor,just south of Washington.
He continued:“You grow your tent by convincing others,persuading others that yours is the way. And you build your tent by reaching out to the new demographics of America,not with a watered down version of who we ought to be,” he said.
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