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  Tories advise Republicans on how to 'rebrand'
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Last EditedRalphie  Mar 12, 2009 07:43pm
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MediaNewspaper - Daily Telegraph
News DateThursday, March 12, 2009 01:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionIain Duncan Smith, the former Conservative party leader, has briefed influential Republicans on how their party can fight back by learning from David Cameron's Tories. In an address to the Heritage Foundation, one of Washington's pre-eminent conservative think tanks, entitled "Conservatism and Society", he argued that there were "compelling parallels" between his party's predicament in 1997 and the Republican party's current situation.

Mr Duncan Smith said that Conservatives after 1997 and Republicans now both had "reputations for sleaze, incompetence and narrowness of interest" while there was more than a passing similarity between Tony Blair and President Barack Obama.

He said: "Tony Blair's 1997 victory was greeted with huge approval. His speeches offered grand promises of change and renewal. He was adored by the media. He was a lawyer. He appointed his most significant political rival to one of the top posts in his administration."

The answer for Republicans was to do what the Conservatives had done under Mr Cameron. He said they must accept the "need for change" and ensure that the change was "consistent with the intrinsic character of conservatism.
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