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Bennett says GOP is lacking ideas

Republican Sen. Bob Bennett, who was defeated for his party's nomination at the Utah GOP convention in May, predicted yesterday to the Ripon Society, a moderate-leaning GOP group, that the Republican Party will win back the House in November. But he said that the party might not be able to hold on to power because it's lacking ideas.

“As I look out at the political landscape now, I find plenty of slogans on the Republican side, but not very many ideas,” Bennett said, per the Salt Lake Tribune. “Indeed, if you raise specific ideas and solutions, as I’ve tried to do on health care with [Oregon Democratic Sen.] Ron Wyden, you are attacked with the same vigor as we’ve seen in American politics all the way back to slavery and polygamy; you are attacked as being a wimp, insufficiently pure, and unreliable.”

More Bennett: “The concern I have is that ideology and a demand for absolute party purity endangers our ability to govern once we get into office.”