(CNSNews.com) – Former GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman on Wednesday compared the possible fallout of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney losing the election to “Yugoslavia at the end of Communism.”
“It may be a little bit like Yugoslavia at the end of Communism where you have several entities that kind of fall out of one and they have no real direction, governance or leadership, and it takes awhile to sort that out,” the former governor of Utah said during a panel discussion by the Brookings Institution.
Someone from the audience asked a question posed by his daughter, Abby Huntsman, “What needs to happen to the GOP if Romney loses?”
“There will be all the predictable finger-pointing and the blame game, and that will sort itself out as is the case at the end of any losing campaign, and then the party will wander for awhile,” he predicted.
“It may be a little bit like Yugoslavia at the end of Communism where you have several entities that kind of fall out of one and they have no real direction, governance or leadership, and it takes awhile to sort that out,” Huntsman said.
“And I don’t know what that means longer term when you look at the viability of the party. I think we’re gonna have to come around and recognize that we have to stay relevant. You have to stay consistent with demographic changes if you’re gonna be a viable party,” he said.
Huntsman said the party needs to remain consistent with the founding principles, and he cited the leadership of former Republican Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, and Ronald Reagan.
“So we have everything from the importance of individual dignity in our political discourse to an articulation of the humanity that we’re passing down to the next generation as stated by Theodore Roosevelt to the importance of our infrastructure system as discussed by Eisenhower to a big, bold president like Reagan who was willing to sit down with the evil empire to engage in direct negotiations,” he added.
Huntsman said the Republican Party will need to have a discussion “about Republicanism is in the 21st Century while drawing from our roots and while recognizing that we have to keep pace with changing demographics.”
“Companies go broke if they lose their customer base. They will go out of business. They will cease to exist, but we also have to have a heart and a soul. A party can’t just be a holding company for fundraisers and a convention every four years,” he said.
“You gotta have a heart and a soul. You gotta project vision and some principles that some people hear and can sense are real and consistent with our time and place in history, and we’re not there yet,” Huntsman added.