GOP Leaders Seek New Party Image

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Republican leaders are looking to give their party a makeover and they're asking voters to show them how.

The first town hall meeting of what the GOP are calling The National Council for a New America took place May 2 at a suburban Washington, D.C., pizza shop.

Former Govs. Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush along with congressman Eric Cantor lead the Saturday town hall meeting.

Click play to watch Efrem Graham's report, followed by comments from Princella Smith of American Solutions.  Also, click here for more with conservative blogger Matt Lewis.

"What we need to do is to listen, to learn and then there will be a new generation of leaders that will lead," Bush said.

The leaders said they will listen and talk about about health care, national security and the economy.

"We are risking doing the very thing to our economy that government did to our housing market and that is borrow so much money that you create a bubble that ultimately collapses," Romney claimed.

But there was little talk of hot-button issues like abortion and gay marriage. The meeting was about taking the GOP in a different direction.

"Events like town halls and open forums like today I think that's really going to get the message to everyone in Washington about what the public really wants to get out of the party," said one Republican voter at the event.

Republicans want to re-connect with voters following a string of set-backs, from McCain's loss to Obama to one of the party's longest serving senators defecting to the Democratic party and a poll that shows 21 percent of Americans identify themselves as Republicans -- the lowest number in more than 25 years.

"We need to make sure the discussions, I believe, should be focused on the principles that have made America great," Cantor said. "The principles of freedom and opportunity."

And more discussions are ahead.

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