Politics
8:12 am
Sat February 23, 2013

Haslam Says GOP Must Do Better Job of Selling Economic Message

Gov. Bill Haslam (R-TN)
Gov. Bill Haslam (R-TN)

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says Republican losses at the polls last fall were mostly due to poor messaging and problems with mobilization on the ground. He also believes comprehensive immigration reform would be a big boost to the nation's economy.

Speaking at the winter meeting of the Republican Governor's Association in Washington, D.C., Haslam told Politico Republicans lost the argument with President Obama over whether wealthier Americans should pay more in taxes, and the impact that would have on the overall U.S. economy.

The Tennessee Republican says his party needs to do a better job of convincing the American public of the problems created by the country's debt.

“The one message we haven’t gotten by is, we’re not doing any favors by continuing to pass the debt on down, and we have not done a good job for whatever reason of explaining it,” Haslam told Politico.

The online political site recently gave Haslam the title of top "GOP star you've never heard of", and said he had put together a governing record in the Volunteer State that most conservatives would find enviable.