Republican campaign pros said the party must find a way to temper the talk about immigration without infuriating conservatives who oppose ‘‘amnesty’’ for those who entered the country illegally.
‘‘You can’t just say ‘If you fix the tone, you fix the problem,'’’ said Republican consultant Terry Nelson. ‘‘We have to figure out what kind of policy solutions we have for this.’’
Ullyot said congressional Republicans should embrace more lenient immigration policies immediately.
On still another front, many Republicans said their party must find ways to appeal to women, who voted heavily for Obama. The party cannot give people the impression that opposing abortion is its top women-related issue, said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.
‘‘Single moms are part of our American fabric,’’ she said. ‘‘Let’s not keep thinking that the American family is made up of a mom and a dad and two kids and a picket fence and a dog and a cat. It’s made up of a lot of single moms struggling to make ends meet. ... We need to get a program to say ‘we care about you.'’’
Associated Press writers Ken Thomas, Suzette Laboy and Director of Polling Jennifer Agiesta contributed to this report.