In the presidential election of 2012 Mitt Romney, the face of the Republican Party, was destroyed by Barack Obama and the Democrats. While Mitt Romney may not have made an emphasize on issues such as gay marriage, rape and abortion, others in the Republican Party did. Resulting in charges of sexism, racism, and insensitivities towards minorities.
The Right to an Abortion
During the election of 2012 Missouri Republican Senator Todd Akin infamously said, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something: I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.” These comments sparked outrage towards the Republican Party who for years has held the stance that Abortion is wrong. Instead of making a media issue out of a heated topic such as abortion the Republican Party would do best to just leave it out of their agenda completely. It’s unlikely that the votes they gain from taking such a stance will outweigh the potential snowball effect of negativity that could be generated out of comments such as those used by Senator Todd Akin.
Republicans have always been actively involved in religious issues for years, and generally Republicans have been against gay marriage. However, the 2016 election will be a very different landscape than what it was only four year ago. With victories coming out of the gay community, such as those from the first openly gay NFL player Michael Sam the tides have shifted on support of gay marriage. More Americans than ever before are open to the idea of gay marriage. The Republicans would be best to avoid this issue entirely, and even consider changing their stance on the issue going forward into the future.
The “American Dream”
Fortunately for Republicans not all is lost. The economy and jobs will remain to be the most important issue for Americans. With Barack Obama and the Democratic Party having relatively little success with the economy, the Republicans can win this issue. However, they will have to market it more charismatically and emotional than ever before. Given the right individual the Republicans can stand a good chance of instilling hope back into the voters for a better tomorrow.