Dan Rather: Republicans Need To Get Back In The “Fact-Based World”

Former CBS News Evening News anchor Dan Rather says the Republican Party must return to reality-based politics or risk not being able to with national elections. In an appearance on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show," Rather says the GOP does not operate in the "fact-based world."

Rather criticized the Republican party as one that does not work with facts on Wednesday's broadcast of MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show."

DAN RATHER: The Republicans, their number one need is to get in touch with a fact-based world. They are now in the position of being pictured like a man who wears spats to the office, or something. So far out of touch, that it's unrealistic. And they did run four years of straight out, Dr. No obstructionism. And with candidate Mitt Romney's comments today, saying, 'Well, you know, it's because Obama gave things to all kinds of people. In denial.

And we should have some compassion, it's tough to lose. Loser's locker-rooms are always tough. And I'd like to believe that Governor Romney, once he reviews those remarks, will start to regret having said them. He doesn't want to become Vice President in charge of excuses. And that's what the Republicans — but, until and unless they get in touch of the fact-based world on particularly science, global warming comes to mind, evolution comes to mind. Until they get in touch with this, it's very hard to see how your optimism and my hopes are going to be fulfilled.

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RATHER: With the election itself, this election is going to be studied for a very long time. This is now the 21 century and what President Obama did, he hired math wizards and so-called stat geeks, and they dealt with data, facts, science, went into the census returns. The Republicans didn't learn that lesson. Until they learn that lesson, they're going to have a hard time in the future.

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