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    Republicans: GOP needs to get with the times

    2:39 PM, Nov 17, 2012   |    comments
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    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Grand Old Party needs to get with the times.

    That's according to some Republicans who discussed the party's challenges after the GOP's electoral shellacking.

    Some of the early prescriptions: retool the party message to appeal to Latinos, women and working-class people; upgrade antiquated get-out-the-vote systems with the latest technology; and teach candidates how to handle the new media landscape.

    Almost everyone questioned about the Nov. 6 election seems to agree that a wholesale update is necessary for a party that appears to be running years behind Democrats in adapting to rapidly changing campaigns and an evolving electorate.

    Interviews with more than a dozen Republicans at all levels of the party indicated that postelection soul-searching must quickly transition into a period of action.

    (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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