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Heritage Action CEO charts ‘libertarian, populist’ path to GOP victory

Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham, an influential conservative thought leader, said Wednesday the GOP must sheds its reputation as the party of big business and embrace a more “libertarian, populist” identity.

Speaking at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, Needham argued the GOP needs to “take on cronyism and the way K Street runs this town” if it hopes to broaden its appeal with voters. 

“Becoming a party that more authentically stands up for the working class, becoming a party that more authentically stands up to a culture of cronyism in this town … is a more realistic path toward electoral victory,” Needham said.

“The Republican Party is in a bind right now between their base voters who authentically believe in Ronald Reagan’s vision of conservatism and K Street, which is necessary in their minds to raise funds to run multi-million dollar elections,” he continued. 

“The Republican Party should start authentically leading based on the values that their voters have, and not trying to play this game of both appeasing K Street and giving lip service to their voters.”