Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally at D’Evelyn High School on September 23, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney focused too narrowly on the economy during his campaign last year and would have fared better if he talked about social issues.
Brownback told The Associated Press ahead of a fundraiser Friday in Arkansas that the Republican Party needs to broaden its agenda as it prepares for next year's midterm elections. He says social issues such as gay marriage and abortion are still important.
Brownback is an outspoken abortion opponent who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008.
Brownback was in Little Rock to speak at the Arkansas Republican Party's annual Reagan-Rockefeller fundraising dinner.
Republicans won control of the Arkansas Legislature for the first time since Reconstruction last year and successfully pushed for new abortion restrictions this year.
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