The GOP is down -- but it's not out.
Top Congressional Republicans including Sen. John McCain and Gov. Mitt Romney are gearing up to rebuild the GOP brand, fighting back against Democratic accusations that the GOP is the party of "no," The Hill reported.
McCain and Romney will join other conservative bigwigs as part of the National Council for a New America, an organization right-wingers are launching to revive a flailing GOP that's been battered since President Barack Obama's inauguration by party infighting and questions about its image.
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The organization will conduct talks in battleground states to discuss how to handle the economy, social policy and the country's future from a conservative perspective, working to streamline GOP ideas and convey them to the public, according to The Hill.
Other members of the group who will speak at the first event include Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush -- and more big-name Republicans could be on the way for future talks, the publication reported.
The first National Council talk will be Saturday in Virginia, where members are expected to discuss the mortgage crisis and the foundation of the group itself.
Sen. Arlen Specter, one of the Republican Party's most ardent defenders, defected from the party last week and declared himself a Democrat. The GOP has also been plagued by divisiveness among its ranks, as RNC chair Michael Steele railed this week against conservatives who he believes are trying to unseat him as the head of the committee.
The group will hold four or five events during the year in battleground states throughout the country, Collins said.
Every Republican leader in both the House and the Senate has signed on.