Within the past 24 hours, two high-profile Republicans have gone on record criticizing the Party as exclusive to some voters.
During an interview on Sunday's Meet the Press, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Republicans need to work on their messaging when it comes to immigration policy. “I’m concerned about it over the long haul for sure," Bush said. "Our demographics are changing, and we have to change not necessarily our core beliefs but the tone of our message and the intensity of it, for sure. You can’t ask people to join your cause and then send a signal that you’re really not wanted. It just doesn’t work.”
In the New York Times today, former Vice President Dan Quayle shared a similar sentiment. “The Republican Party needs to re-establish its philosophy of the big tent with principles,” he told the Times. “The philosophy you hear from time to time, which is unfortunate, is one of exclusion rather than inclusion. You have to be expanding the base, expanding the party, because compared to the Democratic Party, the Republican Party is a minority party.”