By Tony Romeo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Unlike many pundits and even some of his fellow Republicans, Governor Tom Corbett does not believe the GOP must make drastic changes in order to compete in future presidential elections.
Governor Corbett says the Republican Party will no doubt examine certain issues and needs to do better with women and minorities. But overall, he attributes President Obama’s successful re-election bid, in large part, to the power of the incumbency.
“The president starts with 10-point lead, in my mind, as an incumbent. And I think he did. He got to sit out while the Republicans had a pretty tough primary battle, beating each other up,” Corbett said.
Corbett also credits the Obama campaign’s ground game for the president’s success, but predicts it will be a “completely different ballgame” when there’s no incumbent running in 2016.
The governor dismissed the notion that the election was a referendum on him, despite the fact that a Democrat, Kathleen Kane, won his former office of attorney general for the first time. Kane had previously pledged to investigate Corbett’s handling of the Sandusky case.