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Republicans gathered in Maryland this weekend for the Conservative Action Political Conference, a three-day meeting. Comments from Facebook are edited for clarity and grammar:

I don't think it's the Republican Party as a whole that is a problem. It's the Tea Party. Tea Party members are extremely conservative on every point and do not care about people who disagree with them.

The problem arose when the Republican Party actively recruited Tea Party members to help get the conservative vote, thinking it would get Republicans into the White House and Congress. Now the Tea Party has far too much influence in the GOP.

If the Republicans wish to have any real hope of major wins in elections, they are going to have to take a stand against the Tea Party.

— Russell Remmick

Who would be the ideal candidate for president from either party with some conservative and liberal views to unite the country in these trying times?

That is something to think about. The 2016 campaign is almost upon us!

Alvaro Quesada

The problem for conservatives is not that there isn't a Republican individual who could win the White House.

The problem is any conservative with an outside chance of winning a national election has no chance of winning the Republican nomination.

Stephen Roberson

What about the great divide in the Democratic Party? Some members of Congress up for re-election are running away from President Obama.

Some Democrats don't support Obamacare, gay marriage and other liberal priorities being driven from the far left. That is fracturing the Democratic Party, but all we hear about is the GOP.

Larry Gilbert

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