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July 30, 2009


A Rural and Southern Party

In an interview on Hardball, former Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) followed up on recent comments made by Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH) about how the Republican party is losing its appeal.

Said Davis: "Politics has been defined by culture over the last few cycles, and we've become a rural party and a Southern party. We've been losing inner suburbs and the like. A lot of this was the policies of the Bush administration."

Furthermore, as the GOP increased its focus on cultural issues, it also caused a widening education gap:

Davis added: "The high education areas Obama carried -- 78 of the 100 counties with the highest education. McCain carried 88 of the 100 counties with the lowest education. As we move to cultural politics, that's been the shift."

Here's the clip:

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