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US Republicans say party needs revamp after Romney drubbing

Published on Nov 19, 2012 6:49 AM
This Nov 7, 2012 file photo shows then-Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney taking the stage to concede his quest for president, at the Boston Convention Center in Boston.-- PHOTO : AP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The Republican Party needs to stop insulting voters and broaden its appeal after Democratic President Barack Obama won re-election this month over Mitt Romney with overwhelming support from Hispanics, blacks and single women, top Republicans said on Sunday.

Comments made by two leading Republican governors and an influential US senator on Sunday reflected the soul-searching taking place in the party after Mr Obama's victory over Republican challenger Mr Romney on Nov 6.

"If we want people to like us, we have to like them first. And you don't start to like people by insulting them and saying their votes were bought," Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, told the Fox News Sunday programme.

Mr Jindal and some other Republicans rejected Mr Romney's remarks last week blaming his election loss on what he called an Obama strategy of giving "gifts" to blacks, Hispanics and young voters - groups instrumental to his re-election victory.

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