The GOP’s effort to rebrand itself through a series of town hall meetings led by the newly-formed National Council for a New America—starting last night with a pizza party-slash-press conference in Virginia—is drawing fire from social conservatives who think the group is avoiding hot-button issues like abortion, gay marriage, and immigration. Led by Minority Whip Eric Cantor, Mitt Romney, and Jeb Bush, the group is already raising rancor in the Republican ranks. "The moderates have been saying the same thing all these years, and now they're just seeing a renewed opportunity to push their ideas," Congressman Steve King said. Politico reports that the New America council invited some, but not all, Republicans to join. Uninvited presidential candidate-turned-Fox News personality Mike Huckabee said the rebranding effort marked a "sad day" for the Republican party.
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