Pollster to GOP: Move Beyond Reagan

A pollster urges the Republican Party to reinvent conservative solutions.

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Down and almost out, the Republicans are looking for a fresh approach. Like: coming up with solutions to the nation's ills that sell better than the Democratic alternatives. A recent survey by the Winston Group's New Models shows that Democrats lead Republicans on most issues. Example: By 20 percentage points, Americans trust Democrats more than Republicans to fix the economy. "It's not about competing with Obama on personality; it's about focusing on rethinking the solutions," says David Winston, former director of planning for ex-Speaker Newt Gingrich. The pollster is pushing the GOP to move beyond Reaganism and reinvent modern conservative solutions to issues Americans care about, like jobs and healthcare. Republican leadership aides on the Hill say they're listening and will reveal a new lineup of ideas this spring when they present their energy and healthcare alternatives.

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