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"As I look out at the political landscape now, I find plenty of slogans on the Republican side, but not very many ideas," Bennett said.
"Indeed, if you raise specific ideas and solutions, as I've tried to do on health care with [Oregon Democratic Sen.] Ron Wyden, you are attacked with the same vigor as we've seen in American politics all the way back to slavery and polygamy; you are attacked as being a wimp, insufficiently pure, and unreliable."
Bennett was ousted at a GOP state convention in May, hammered by conservatives for teaming up with Wyden to push a health care measure to rival the Democrats' plan. He came in third behind Tea Party favorites Mike Lee and Tim Bridgewater. Lee, a conservative lawyer, went on to win last week's primary and will face Democratic nominee Sam Granato in November.
The Tribune said Bennett told Ripon members he's worried the GOP may find itself in the role played by Robert Redford in the movie "The Candidate," who after winning office turns to his aides and says, "What do we do now?"
"The concern I have is that ideology and a demand for absolute party purity endangers our ability to govern once we get into office," Bennett said.
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