NORMAN — Roll call at the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) was the first audition for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
Paul, Christie, Cruz, Perry, Rubio, Ryan, Huckabee and Santorum were all on hand talking passionately about their ideas, experience and why they should lead the charge to take the White House back in 2016. Their appeal to the CPAC participants is, as expected, hugely popular.
The Reaganesque effort to expand the base of our party to include more gender and ethnic diversity is still in the hands of the guard that led our effort in 2012.
In that year’s presidential election, President Barack Obama received 70 percent of the Hispanic vote and 90 percent of the black vote. Fifty-five percent of women voted for Obama.
This does not bode well for the Republican Party if we continue to select the same types of candidates. To mount a winnable strategy against the inevitable Hillary Clinton nomination, we must change our tactics and leadership.
The governors from Oklahoma and New Mexico have two contrasting success stories that will resonate and transcend the partisan divide we have experienced in the last four presidential election cycles.
Oklahoma’s Republican governor, Mary Fallin, has an impressive fiscal record of cutting taxes, reducing unemployment and protecting the Second Amendment. She worked to balance the state’s budget in light of a $500 million deficit and lowered the income tax rate.
Proving her dedication to job creation and improving her state’s economy, Fallin developed a statewide energy plan to promote development of Oklahoma’s abundant natural resources. This plan is the first of its kind in the state.
Fallin has effectively addressed countless challenges in her state. She displayed great leadership through addressing rampant neglect throughout the state’s veterans’ centers by overhauling the War Veterans Commission and calling for increased oversight of the centers.