Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is calling on Republicans to â€œrecalibrate the compass of conservatismâ€ following a crushing blow to the GOP on Election Day.
Mr. Jindal is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the Republican National Committeeâ€™s winter meeting Thursday night in Charlotte, N.C.
Speech excerpts released early Thursday indicate Jindal will be the latest of conservatives to urge a change within the GOP, the Associated Press reports.
â€œWe do not need to change what we believe as conservatives â€” our principles are timeless,â€ Jindal says. â€œBut we do need to re-orient our focus to the place where conservatism thrives: in the real world beyond the Washington Beltway.
â€œ[We] might need to change just about everything else we do,â€ he says.
Distancing himself from Washington politics â€” another indicator that the governor could be positioning himself for a 2016 presidential run â€” is a smart move for Mr. Jindal, as favorability of Congress is near an all-time low.
The governor says the GOPâ€™s Washington-centric obsession on government bookkeeping is a â€œrigged gameâ€ and that the GOP focuses too much time on the budget, deficits, debt and entitlement programs.
â€œThe Republican Party must become the party of growth, the party of a prosperous future that is based in our economic growth and opportunity that is based in every community in this great country and that is not based in Washington, D.C.,â€ Mr. Jindal says.
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