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Jindal: GOP Can’t Be ‘Party of Austerity,’ Must Be ‘Party of Growth’

In the speech Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal will deliver to the RNC tonight, he will stress that Republicans need an optimistic message:

“Our objective is to grow the private sector.  We need to focus our efforts on ideas to grow the American economy, not the government economy. If you take nothing else away from what I say today, please understand this – We must not become the party of austerity.  We must become the party of growth.”

“The Republican Party must become the party of growth, the party of a prosperous future that is based in our economic growth and opportunity that is based in every community in this great country and that is not based in Washington, DC.”

“The Democrats promise to be the party of “more from government,” but they are actually the party of less.  They are the party of economic contraction, austerity and less from the economy.  The Republican Party is the party of “more,” the party that creates “more from the economy.”

Jindal will also say, “We must shift the eye line and the ambition of our conservative movement away from managing government and toward the mission of growth.”

The governor plans to emphasize that the GOP shouldn’t abandon its principles, but does need to make changes:

“We believe in planting the seeds of growth in the fertile soil of your economy, where you live, where you work, invest, and dream, not in the barren concrete of Washington.”

“I am not one of those who believe we should moderate, equivocate, or otherwise abandon our principles.  This badly disappoints many of the liberals in the national media of course.”

“No, the Republican Party does not need to change our principles…but we might need to change just about everything else we do.”

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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