When a high-profile slate of Republican speakers strides across the convention stage in Tampa, they will represent an impressively wide swath: They are young and old (South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is 40; Arizona Sen. John McCain will turn 76 while the day after the convention ends), racially diverse and include several women. In short: Not the Republican Party usually seen on TV.
The advantages of putting a fresh new face on a typically rigid and ideologically pure party are obvious — but the move could also reveal the many fault lines within the GOP ranks, from immigration to abortion.
Some observers say it’s smart to show off more than just the Party of No that runs things on Capitol Hill. But by exposing some of the divisions in the GOP on the national stage, some longstanding Republican family feuds could spill out into the public.
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