Christie: GOP Has A Candidate Problem, Not A Branding Issue

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December 13, 2013 9:11 a.m.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) told a group of Vermont Republicans this week that the GOP doesn’t have a rebranding problem — it has a candidate problem.

“There are some people running around the country right now saying that our party has a problem with its brand, that we’re not relating to folks,” Christie said Tuesday at a Vermont Republicans’ gala, according to video obtained by Burlington TV station WPTZ. “It’s not our party’s problem. It’s our candidates’ problem.”

“There is nothing that is wrong with the Vermont Republican Party that cannot be fixed by an outstanding Republican candidate for governor, for United States Senate or anything else,” he continued.

Christie then offered up statistics from his recent reelection, like winning 51 percent of the Hispanic vote, to presumably give an example of such an “outstanding” candidate. 

“There is no stranglehold that any party has over any state that outstanding candidates who are willing to work hard and open their heart to the public can’t get looser,” he said. “But it matters who you nominate, and it matters then how hard you work for that person once you give them the honor of being your nominee.”

[h/t Washington Post

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