'This Week' Transcript:Two Powerhouse Roundtables

STEPHANOPOULOS: I take your point on that, but doesn't extending a background check from gun stores to gun shows, doesn't that fit that bill as kind of simple -- simplicity?

NOONAN: If we're at the point where that is a simple bill, on its own, existing on its own, I think it could go forward and do well as long as it takes care of certain things that may be going too far.

BRAZILE:: But Senator Reid thinks he can get through cloture if he puts the background proposal up first and then couple it with gun safety measures to keep our schools safe and then perhaps open it up to additional amendments. Look, I think there's still room for negotiation. Senator Manchin of West Virginia is working with the NRA. Gun owners, 82 percent of them believe that this is something that should occur.

And I do believe that we're going to have some action. On assault weapons, which I don't believe that we have the votes on that. But I still believe that Senator Reid should allow the amendment to come up and let both parties go on record saying where they stand on assault weapons.

STEPHANOPOULOS: And that is likely to happen.

I want to move on to something else we saw this week . We saw a pretty remarkable report coming out of the Republican National Committee and their chairman Reince Priebus. The growth and opportunity project, he called it, 100 pages diagnosing what went wrong for the Republican Party in the last presidential election. Here he was introducing it.


REINCE PRIEBUS, REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: Focus groups described our party as narrow minded, out of touch and, quote, stuffy old men. Our message was weak, our ground game was insufficient. We weren't inclusive. We were behind in both data and digital. And our primary debate process need improvement.

So there's no one solution, there's a long list of them.


STEPHANOPOULOS: Karl Rove, you go through it and it was pretty candid, fairly harsh diagnosis of what wrong in the last election, in the last several presidential and national elections. But, in some ways it didn't seem as if the solutions matched the diagnosis -- fewer debates, fewer primaries, maybe an earlier convention.

ROVE: Yeah.

Well, look, there are tactical challenges for the party and those are easily described. And you can define them (inaudible). But the party also faces strategic issues and those aren't easy to either define or to provide the answer. And it's unlikely to come from the national chairman.

One of the interesting things that's happened is if you look in recent months, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, Scott Walker, a number of other party leaders have come forward with very interesting speeches talking about the future of the party. And this is the process that each party goes through after having lost a presidential election.

And I think this is a constructive process. And I see a lot coming out of it. One strand that you see in most of these speeches is that the Republican Party has to change from being simply a party of green eye shades to being a party that stands for the right of every American to rise as is a party that emphasizes economic growth and prosperity over green eye shade issues. And I think that's probably right. Because that allows us to make our argument in every corner, every community in America in a powerful way.

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