Heritage Action CEO Charts ‘Libertarian, Populist’ Path To GOP Victory

Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham, an influential conservative thought leader, said Wednesday the GOP must sheds its reputation as the party of big business and embrace a more “libertarian, populist” identity.

Speaking at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, Needham argued the GOP needs to “take on cronyism and the way K Street runs this town” if it hopes to broaden its appeal with voters. 

GOP strategist Ford O’Connell said Needham was right on ideology but wrong on strategy.

“What the GOP needs to do is not be seen as the bean-counters of Wall Street. They need to be the defenders of Main Street. With respect to the shutdown and ObamaCare, principally Needham is right — but tactically he couldn't be more wrong,” O’Connell said.

“This [ObamaCare] needs to be re-litigated in 2014 and 2016 and we have to do a better job of messaging to get public opinion on our side before we take that hill.”

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