The American Enterprise
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 • 6:30–8:30 P.M.
(A reception will follow.)
AEI, Twelfth Floor
1150 Seventeenth Street, NW | Washington, DC 20036
This event will be livestreamed.
How should the conservative movement evolve?
The conservative movement is in an identity crisis. What went wrong, and what can be done to avoid another electoral defeat? Two main solutions have emerged: upgrade the message or overhaul the policy. As Tevi Troy has noted, the GOP ran a “safe campaign” in 2012, failing to present a “cogent vision for conservatism” and dooming the right to a “communications vacuum” gleefully filled by the left. Consequently, exit polls revealed that 81 percent of voters felt Mitt Romney didn’t care about them.
But as Peter Wehner has pointed out, the Republican Party may need more than better messaging to reach struggling Americans. Declining social mobility, extensive corporate welfare, changes to family structure, and other emergent issues require innovative solutions. In this American Enterprise Debate, cosponsored with America’s Future Foundation, Troy and Wehner will explore competing ideas for moving conservatism forward. AEI’s Ramesh Ponnuru will moderate.