Deep rifts within the Republican party on social issues such as marriage equality, immigration and reproductive rights may make it difficult for the party to unite behind Mitt Romney, despite the efforts of GOP staffers to emphasize health care and the economy, observers say.
"There's no compelling evidence
that the traditional conservative approach to the economy, or foreign
policy, or education can't be successful in a national election. But
what's absolutely clear is that the party needs to find a way to broaden
its demographic base to even be heard on those issues," said Dan
Schnur, a former GOP consultant.