It is an easy task to win the election, said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
But to achieve that, Republicans need to be able to “make the case” that they can do the job and “make a compelling case for their party to win,” Gingrich said.
But even if they succeed, he said, they will have “a much harder time doing the right thing” in November.
The election will be close, he added, because “people are tired of politics, and they don’t want to hear about it anymore.”
“The only way we’re going to get it done is to win, and that’s what we’re doing right now,” he said.
In recent weeks, Republican officials have struggled to come up with a strategy that can counter Trump’s appeals.
The party is trying to portray the president as weak and erratic, while simultaneously saying it can win the White House if it can turn out the votes.
The RNC is also trying to shift attention away from its party’s long-held beliefs about racial equality.
On Sunday, Trump defended his comments about “all of our people,” saying, “I didn’t say all of our folks.”
But Republican officials, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, have also struggled to make the case that Trump is unfit to lead the country, and some have questioned his commitment to running the country.
And on Sunday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., accused Trump of “playing with fire” over the controversy, which he said led to the resignation of the president’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
And the Senate will begin debate on a repeal of Obamacare this week, despite some Republicans having suggested the bill would fail to pass.
But Democrats and some Republicans are urging Republicans to try something new to counter Trump: “I think we’re in the middle of a real revolution,” Rep. Charlie Dent, R.-Pa., told Fox News.
“It’s really important that we start now and get our message out.
The president has become a caricature of the worst kind of character, and we need to go forward with a real vision of what our country looks like.”
If Republicans can’t do that, Dent said, “we’re going back to the days of the Confederacy and slavery and Jim Crow.”
He added that he expects Democrats will try to capitalize on the Trump controversy, saying the president is “sad” to be a “distraction” for the country and that “if you go back and look at our history, it was a lot worse.”
On Sunday morning, the Republican National Committee issued a statement urging Democrats to unite behind their candidate and fight “for the common good.”
“We are all Americans, and no one is above the law.
We all must stand up to the president and the Republican Party, and unite behind a candidate who shares our values and stands up for the common American,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in the statement.
Republicans are also hoping to win some state-level races in key battleground states.
“The Democrats have spent millions of dollars trying to paint the Trump presidency as racist and a threat to the country,” said Mark Brewer, president of the Conservative Strategy Group, a conservative policy group.
“This is a very different kind of message than they’ve been sending for a long time.
The fact that it’s being taken seriously by a Republican Party that was never intended to take this on is a pretty big deal.”
But Democrats are also taking aim at the Republican strategy, saying it risks damaging the party’s image and could backfire.
“If you have a strategy for the American people that makes you seem weak and ineffective, that is not a winning strategy,” said Democratic National Committee spokeswoman Jen Psaki.
“There are millions of people who voted for the president in 2016.
The GOP needs to make clear that they will not allow that to happen again, and the only way to win is to unite.”
Trump is expected to take questions from the press on Monday at the White, Rose Garden, as the House reconvenes for the first time since the midterm elections.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R., will host a news conference at 1:30 p.m.
Republicans have said they will take a “long look” at their strategy and take it seriously, with Boehner telling reporters, “We’re going in the direction of trying to make sure we have a positive message and that we have the right strategy.”
GOP strategists and pollsters are already calling the midterm election “a huge opportunity,” saying Republicans can “win” the election with an optimistic message and appealing to minorities, women and other swing voters.
Democrats are hoping to use the midterm to push for a minimum wage increase and a repeal or expansion of Obamacare.
Democrats plan to