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|Fox News analyst: GOP needs to drop social issues|
|by Ryan Watkins|
|July 19, 2011 12:46|
Margaret Hoover, a Fox News analyst and author of “American Individualism,” was on the O'Reilly Factor last night to discuss the perceived split in the conservative movement between its base and the movement commonly known as the Tea Party.
Hoover, a self-proclaimed Republican, argued that the GOP runs the risk of losing the next generation of voters because of the party's stance on social issues like abortion and same-sex marriage.
“We're going to save the Republican Party by connecting to the next generation,” Hoover told host Bill O'Reilly. “The next generation is 30 and under. They voted two to one for Barack Obama and their partisan identification solidifies after three presidential election cycles. They voted for John Kerry. They voted for Barack Obama. If we don't make inroads in the next 16 months, we're going to lose the next generation.”
O'Reilly quickly pointed out that most Republicans are unwavering in their opinions on social issues like marriage and abortion. “The traditional core of the Republican party opposes you on almost every social issue,” he said.
Hoover responded by pointing out that a majority of Americans do, in fact, support a woman's right to abortion as well as support the legal recognition for married same-sex couples.
“People like you who try to divide our party on social issues, that is not the way forward for the Republican Party,” Hoover said.
Check out the entire segment below:
As welcoming as it is to have another young Republican coming out in favor of marriage rights (which our president has yet to do), Hoover, Megan McCain and others like them are in for a tough battle. O'Reilly is right, the GOP, especially in places like Georgia, may never support full LGBT equality.
Top photo: Fox News analyst Margaret Hoover (via Fox News)
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