What should Republicans do over the next two years?
Tom DeLay is the former House Majority Leader, the second ranking leader in the United States House of Representatives. He was responsible for developing the issues and policies that formed the Republican agenda. DeLay set the legislative schedule by selecting which bills the House would consider and the timing of their consideration.
Over the course of his congressional career, DeLay has built a voting record that consistently supports limited, constitutional government, peace through strength, lower taxes, and the sanctity of life.
DeLay and his wife Christine share a deep interest in the circumstances facing abused and neglected children. They got involved with children's issues after Christine DeLay, a teacher, began volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in foster care. Eventually, the DeLays became foster parents themselves. Today, they are outspoken advocates in favor of reforming the present foster care system by making the child's best interest the paramount concern.
Question: What should Republicans do over the next two years?
Tom DeLay: Well, the role of the Republican Party in the 111th will be twofold. One will be articulating the consequences of what the Democrats are doing, and the Republicans are going to have to develop a communications operation that can get that message out, that whatever the Democrats are doing, and they’ll be able to do whatever they want to do because they’ll have the votes both in the House and the Senate, so the Republicans will be delegated to communicating the consequences of the Democrats’ actions.
And, secondly, the Republicans will need to be providing alternatives to everything that the Democrats are doing, whether it be alternative amendments, alternative bills, substitutes to those bills, so that the American people can contrast what the Democrats are doing and what the Republicans would do if they were in charge.
November 14, 2008
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