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Speaking on another panel discussion, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said the lesson he learned from the midterm elections is that “there is a real need for competent leadership in this country,” but “it can be done with a level of civility, which rarely exists in politics today.”

“I hope that we can, as a party … be the kind of leaders that the people expect from us,” he added.

South Dakota Gov. Christy Noem, who sat on the panel with Lee, said the party isn’t inspiring young voters and needs to reevaluate how it appeals to that demographic, “because they’re just buying into the propaganda that’s out there, that’s to their classes”.

She added that Republicans should stop trying to get attention by saying “crazy” things.

In 2024, Noem, who has caused some buzz in presidential affairs and comes from a friendlier wing of the party, said the election “will be interesting to watch.”

“I don’t think anyone can predict that right now,” she added.

Another theme at the conference was “electability,” with many Republicans expressing an increased interest in ensuring that candidates who exit the primaries have the best chance to win in November.

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, who just finished his term as RGA co-chairman, suggested the group might become more involved in the primary. The RGA did spend to defend incumbents facing primaries, but may now consider spending in open races.

“Historically, the RGA hasn’t been very involved in the primaries, but that’s one of the things we’re going to have to explore as we move forward,” Ricketts said.

Republicans here presented a united front on the issues they will try to tackle or continue to tackle over the next two years: state tax cuts, stronger law enforcement and a continued focus on education and “parental rights,” the main themes of the 2022 campaigns. Republicans also discussed expanding vocational training opportunities in their states.

DeWine, who led GOP Sen. J.D. Vance by nearly 10 points on the same list, said the discrepancy likely resulted from Democrats and independent voters rewarding him for his handling of pandemic policy — which, he said, showed that voters will reward officials for not “divisive.”

“They want someone to lead, they want someone to unite people,” he said of voters. “I don’t think by and large they want anyone to be divisive. Again, that doesn’t mean they aren’t conservative, but they want to act. They want results.”

“We as a party must nominate people who can win the general election,” he added. “This does not mean that they do not have principles. But they should be able to survive the general election. There is no point in nominating someone who cannot win a general election. That’s not how we manage, that’s not how we do things.”

Gov. Mike DeWine speaks during a panel discussion at the Republican Governors Association conference on Wednesday.Phelan M. Ebenhack / AP

Ohio’s governor, who has held elected office for more than 40 years, said his fellow Republicans are now getting on the same page about electability. “The question is whether it will last,” he said. “But of course this week, people picked up on it.”

Regarding Trump’s announcement, DeWine said he doesn’t think it will change the calculus for fellow GOP governors who may run for president

“People in politics,” he said, “are always looking for presidential candidates who can win.”

Sununu said Republicans made some big gains last week, namely winning back the House. But because the results were overwhelming, he said it was a great opportunity to reboot.

“I think a lot of people are saying, ‘OK, whether it’s Trump or extremism, we’ve got to move on,'” he said, adding: “Hopefully [the message is] immerse yourself in other people, as at least in people here. I can already hear it and feel it right now.”

As for Trump’s announcement, Sununu said it barely registered and didn’t come from a place of power.

“The idea that Trump would make an announcement yesterday — and I was right because it’s just a story — that was just bullshit,” he said. “It was really thoughtless. This is clearly from a position of weakness and for his own selfish purposes, however legitimate or otherwise. So I just think we still have a long way to go.”