Friday, March 7, 2014
The Associated Press
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called on the Republican Party to "stop being the stupid party" on Thursday as party leaders promised fundamental changes to help stave off future losses.
In this July 27, 2012, file photo, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks in Hot Springs, Ark. Jindal is calling on the Republican Party to "recalibrate the compass of conservatism."
2012 file photo/The Associated Press
In the keynote address at the Republican National Committee's winter meeting, Jindal said the party doesn't need to change its values but "might need to change just about everything else we are doing."
"We've got to stop being the stupid party. It's time for a new Republican Party that talks like adults," he said. "We had a number of Republicans damage the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments. I'm here to say we've had enough of that."
Jindal, thought to be a potential 2016 presidential contender, offered little detail in the 25-minute address. He called on conservatives to shift their focus from Capitol Hill number crunching to "the place where conservatism thrives -- in the real world beyond the Washington Beltway."