A report on the Republican Party's problems in the past election, released this week, looks beyond the Beltway for advice.
Arguing that the party's governors are a more dynamic and vibrant group than its federal lawmakers, the Growth and Opportunity Project report made a number of recommendations for modernizing the Republican Party.
But it also looked to Republican officials past and present for advice.
Below, a look at the governors and others quoted in the report.
George W. Bush
Former President George W. Bush, who won 44 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2004, used to argue that Hispanic voters understood family values, in a line that the report's authors quote twice:
"Family values don't stop at the Rio Grande and a hungry mother is going to try to feed her child.'
Sen. Marco Rubio
Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican and potential 2016 presidential contender and one of two sitting members of Congress quoted in the report, is quoted in the report arguing that Republicans need to focus on how their policies will help the lower- and middle-class voters:
"What people who are struggling want more than anything is a chance ' a chance to make it in life.'
Former Republican House Majority Leader and tea party activist Dick Armey told the report's authors that anti-immigration rhetoric has hurt the Republican Party's chances with Hispanic voters:
"You can't call someone ugly and expect them to go to the prom with you. We've chased the Hispanic voter out of his natural home.'
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough
MSNBC host and former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough lamented the state of the Republican ideological spectrum in a recent column by Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal that is quoted in the report.
"The national conversation is more constricted, with radio stars, websites and magazines functioning as unofficial arbiters and limiters of domestic and foreign policy debate.'
Mike Gerson and Pete Wehner
Michael Gerson, a speechwriter for President George W. Bush, and Peter Wehner, a speechwriter for presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, recently called for new ideas in a column in Commentary magazine that was quoted in the report:
"It is no wonder that Republican policies can seem stale; they are very nearly identical to those offered up by the Party more than 30 years ago. For Republicans to design an agenda that applies to the conditions of 1980 is as if Ronald Reagan designed his agenda for conditions that existed in the Truman years.'
Rep. Eric Cantor
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Virginia Republican, is quoted endorsing the idea of eliminating the presidential campaign finance fund, which President Barack Obama opted out of.
"Eliminating this program would save taxpayers $617 million over ten years, and would require candidates and political parties to rely on private contributions rather than tax dollars.'
A famous line about outreach to struggling voters from former Republican Cabinet official and vice presidential candidate Jack Kemp is quoted:
"No one cares what you know until they know you care.'
The report also quotes three Republican governors for advice on reaching out to new voters:
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell:
"Republicans need to focus on results-oriented conservatism.'
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker:
"People in the middle need to feel that someone is fighting for them. They want someone who will fundamentally look out for them as a voter.'
Former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels on young voters:
"They're getting the shaft. There's an opening, and a need, for someone to be their voice.'
Republican Party members
The report also quotes some Republican Party insiders on their observations on what needs to be done.
Carol Mumford, Republican National Committee member from Rhode Island, explained how the party got beat on the ground in 2012:
"What the Obama campaign did was run a national campaign like a local election.'
Ada Fisher, a North Carolina doctor and one of the national committee's African-American members, said the party has to acknowledge that the private sector isn't the only solution:
"There are some people who need the government.'
And Bill Calhoun, a member of the Texas GOP, said the party doesn't need to permanently win black voters, but get them to stop voting Democratic as often:
"Don't try to get African-Americans to become Republicans, but persuade them to vote independently by voting their principles and not party affiliation.'