TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Former Oklahoma U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts has appealed for civility and unity among Republicans at a GOP fundraiser in Tulsa.
Watts said Thursday that some Republicans are so concerned with ideological purity that they are costing the party elections. He compared them with Christian denominations that refuse to recognize each other because of minor theological differences.
Watts says Republicans who refused to vote for John McCain because they disagreed with him on one or two issues helped elect a president who is even further outside their views.
He says President Barack Obama's election has caused political turmoil because of the issues the new administration has brought to the forefront.
Watts says that if McCain had been elected, people would not be battling over most of those issues.