The Republican National Committee announced plans Monday (Dec. 10) to launch an inquiry into what aided in the public shift away from the GOP.
Reinc Priebus, chairman of the RNC, commissioned a collective of five party leaders to partake in the examination, named the Growth and Opportunity Project. Former President George W. Bush, and his brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, are among those spearheading the investigation.
“The Growth and Opportunity Project will recommend a plan to further ensure Republicans are victorious in 2013, 2014, 2016 and beyond,” Priebus said in a statement. “The work of the Growth and Opportunity Project will be critical as we move forward as a party and take our message to every American.”
Given Mitt Romney’s failed White House bid, the party is without a leader, and looks to strengthen its image in order to win votes amid forthcoming gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey next year, and beyond.
Another blow for the party are exit polls showing the president’s clear hold on Black, Hispanic and Asian voters.
Since his win, the commander in chief’s approval rating has also risen. According to an Associated Press-GfK poll his rating has reached 57 percent, the highest it’s been since May of 2011.