What's next for the GOP?

Republican Party at crossroads following presidential election loss

Published On: Nov 07 2012 05:47:51 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 07 2012 07:35:25 PM EST
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PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. -

After a loss Tuesday in the presidential election, questions are being asked about what's next for the Republican Party.

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said Republicans have no chance if the party doesn't change with the rest of America.

"We cannot be the party of the angry white guys. We have to expand our base. We have to show how the demographics of our country are changing, and it doesn't mean that we have to change our principles or our stance, is that we have to appear not as harsh as we have been to all of these groups," said Ros-Lehtinen.

"Are they going to look to some of the old leadership, like Jeb Bush or Rick Santorum, or are they going to move to the next generation?" said Barry University professor Sean Foreman. "Will Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio be the future of the party?"

Rubio released a statement Wednesday about President Obama's re-election, reading in part: "The conservative movement should have particular appeal to people in minority and immigrant communities who are trying to make it, and Republicans need to work harder than ever to communicate our beliefs to them."

"If we don't shape up, we will be considered dinosaurs. So, I want a better future for our party," said Ros-Lehtinen.

"Will the Republican Party continue to be drawn to social issues by its religious conservative base, or will they broaden out and deal with the realities of immigration, the realities of the changing demographics and the idea that people are indeed more concerned about solutions to the economy rather than scare tactics to the other side," said Foreman.

Along with Ryan and Rubio, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is considered a bright spot for the future of the Republican Party.