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The Elephant in the Room: After Trump, What’s Next for the GOP?

Republican Rob McKenna talks candidly about what the Republican Party can learn from this election.

October 18, 2016

The Republican Party is in a stew. Republicans in Washington State and across the country are wondering what comes next. How will they rebuild the party after the tempestuous 2016 election?

Rob McKenna, former state attorney general and the 2012 Republican candidate for governor, sits down with Enrique Cerna and Joni Balter of KCTS 9 to discuss the many elements of introspection that are likely to follow the 2016 election. McKenna talks candidly about broadening the party’s reach and about new ways the GOP can connect with a diverse swath of voters, including women and minorities.

Image credit: Williamcasey on Wikimedia Creative Commons. 



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Joni Balter

Joni Balter is a multi-media journalist and lecturer at Seattle University and the University of Washington Evans Graduate School of Public Policy and Governance. A KCTS 9 political analyst and advisor, she has contributed to KUOW and Bloomberg View, and was a columnist for The Seattle Times. More stories by Joni Balter

Enrique Cerna

The son of Mexican immigrants, Enrique Cerna was born and raised in the Yakima Valley.  Enrique joined KCTS 9 in January, 1995. He has anchored current affairs programs, moderated statewide political debates, produced and reported stories for national PBS programs in addition to local documentaries on social and juvenile justice, the environment and Latinos in Washington State.

Enrique has earned nine Northwest Emmy Awards and numerous other honors. In June, 2013, he was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Chapter’s Silver Circle for his work as a television professional.

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