GOP image still muddled, a year after suggestions


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party's image hasn't changed much since national chairman Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus) published his prescription for broadening the party's appeal. And that's despite investing in outreach to racial minorities, women and gay voters who backed Democrats decisively in 2012.

The Republican National Committee opens its winter meetings in Washington Wednesday. And the party is counting on the unique political geography and expected lower turnout of the 2014 midterm elections to gain control of the Senate.

But Ari Fleischer, a former White House press secretary and author of the report, says a GOP win would be a "false narcotic" for a party that has lost the national popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections. Fleischer says Republicans must become "a more inclusive and welcoming party."

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