Republican leaders in the House and Senate have been faced with a dilemma as they try to devise a new messaging strategy after a tumultuous election season that saw Trump lose the popular vote and a third of congressional districts flip in his favor.
Trump won the presidency on a platform of defeating the establishment, attacking his critics and promoting his economic policies that drew the country into a global economic crisis.
But Trump’s election and subsequent legislative failures have led to Republican leaders trying to forge a new message for 2018 and beyond.
“The message is that we’ve got to keep moving forward, but at the same time we’re going to keep working on solutions that will create jobs and bring prosperity to the American people,” Rep. Scott Rigell, a Virginia Republican, said in an interview.
Rigell, who serves on the House GOP’s Rules Committee, was part of the caucus that created the “blueprint” for the 2018 messaging strategy last year.
He said the blueprint is based on “common ground” with Democratic leaders and that it includes “pro-growth, pro-jobs and pro-middle class policies.”
The blueprint was approved by the House Republican Conference last week and will be considered by the full Republican conference for consideration in the coming weeks, and the blueprint could be adopted in the Senate, according to sources familiar with the matter.
But while the blueprint may gain traction, the strategy will be a challenge to Republicans in the midterm elections.
The party’s midterm elections were dominated by Trump’s populist policies that have caused an uproar among voters, particularly the country’s young people.
In the Senate races, Republican Sens.
Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of Maine lost their re-election bids.
Democrats won the chamber for the first time since 1980.
With the midterm election results still fresh in the minds of GOP leaders, some Republicans have questioned the wisdom of using the blueprint in 2018, and some have called for a new campaign strategy.
“I don’t think it’s a good idea,” Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said of the blueprints blueprint.
“We’ve got a really good message out there.
We’re not going to go back on it.”
The blueprint outlines how to move forward with the GOP’s economic agenda, including plans to create jobs, rein in runaway inflation and rein in government spending.
It also lays out how to address the opioid crisis and how to expand access to health care for the poor and people with disabilities.
Republican leaders are still grappling with the fact that Trump’s policies were popular with Americans and have been broadly supported by the public.
That includes more than 60% of Americans who said the Republican Party would do better with Trump in the White House.
That same poll showed 59% of people believe the GOP will do better in 2018 with Trump as president.
The blueprint is not intended to be a complete blueprint for Republicans in 2018.
It outlines how they could do better, including how to fight off Democratic challenges in 2018 and 2020.
The GOP also has to decide whether to continue pushing the same economic policies or to look at other strategies, such as how to rebuild the country after the economic collapse.
Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said there are ways to do both.
Jordan, who sits on the Rules Committee that crafted the blueprase, said the blue-print is meant to help Republicans do better at the ballot box.
He pointed to Trump’s approval ratings as a way to gauge the GOP base.
“You have to go out there and do a better job,” Jordan said.
“I don’st want to get too ahead of ourselves, but I do think we need to do a lot better in the election and at the polling booths.”
The House Republican leadership is expected to hold a conference call on Tuesday with members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which is leading the fight against Trump’s agenda.
While some lawmakers say the blueprint won’t be adopted, the plan could come up in the committee’s markup on the blueprint.
The blueprints Blueprint for 2018 outlines how Republicans can move forward and is the blueprint House Republican leaders will present to the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.
The proposal is similar to the bluebook Democrats passed in 2018 but has some differences, including some details like a call for “comprehensive tax reform” and a push for more investment in infrastructure and education.
The blueprints blueprints outline a broader agenda for the party in 2018 that includes fighting against Trump and the Republican agenda.
“Republicans are moving forward in 2018 on a more inclusive agenda that includes tax reform, a plan to end the war on coal, ending Obamacare and a comprehensive economic agenda,” Jordan wrote on Twitter.
The 2018 blueprint is similar in some ways to the 2016 blueprints, which were adopted by Republicans.
It lays out an agenda for addressing the opioid epidemic and the opioid death toll.
The 2016 blueprint also included plans to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, expand Medicaid, invest in public education and support public transportation.
The 2016 blueprint is also