Romney Needs To Unify GOP To Compete Against Obama
Now, he needs to look ahead to unify a Republican party that has been increasingly polarized and divided by a competitive nomination process that continuously shifted from one frontrunner to another. Romney’s GOP opponents have attacked him for his moderate stances and accused him of shifting his opinion on key issues simply to align with conservative voters.
It is unclear how much these accusations will hurt the Republican party in their race against Obama in the general primaries, as some conservatives have developed an ideology of “any candidate but Romney” during the primaries. Some of these voters even turned out to vote for the distant trailing Ron Paul in the Virginia primaries instead of voting for Romney.
The blowback from the hardball campaigning places Romney in a difficult strategic situation when looking forward to November. Leading a party torn by ideological differences against an incumbent, Romney needs to take aggressive, decisive steps to unify his party against Obama.
"All those 'anybody but Romney' Republicans need to move to an 'anybody but Obama' posture," said Eddie Mahe, a veteran Republican strategist who has supported Mr. Gingrich.
The Romney Campaign has began to find some success in this mentality. Prominent GOP leader, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, has endorsed Romney, as did his father President George H.W. Bush. Other leaders including former Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi, Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, and Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio may also endorse Romney.
By unifying the leaders of the Republican Party, Romney may be able to unify the GOP. Winning the support of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner would be key if Romney hopes to stand a chance against Obama.
With Tuesday’s primaries secured, Romney is likely to be looking for a running mate for vice president. His choice would drastically influence his position in the party if he chooses correctly. Romney has been casted as a moderate candidate during the GOP primaries, but choosing a Tea Party candidate may bring back conservative voters.
To separate his position from that of Obama’s, Romney is likely to choose Congressman Paul Ryan, who is highly regarded for his expertise on economics. Ryan may provide a key boast for Romney against an incumbent president whose economic performance has been questionable.
Next, Romney needs to look to unify his party and revamp his campaign for the general elections against Obama.
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