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Podcast: Weighing Future Conservative Agendas with Ramesh Ponnuru

Ramesh Ponnuru talks immigration, free trade, SCOTUS nominees and more on The Federalist Radio Hour.


Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review senior editor and Bloomberg View columnist, joins Ben Domenech on Federalist Radio to discuss the impact Trump has had on the conservative agenda, and what the future looks like for those agenda items such as immigration, foreign policy, trade, and the Supreme Court.

The rise of Trump is evidence for the need of an updated conservative economic agenda for the working class. “You’re going to need, if you want a center-right majority in this country, an agenda that is capable of commanding the loyalty of the working class white voters about whom we’ve heard so much,” Ponnuru said. “But also some significant percentage of non-white voters.”

When it comes to free trade, Ponnuru said politically Republicans should make the case for it in less abstract terms. “There’s been no move toward a protectionist direction in the last 10 years,” he said. “The public is still pretty solidly on the side that it’s more of an opportunity than a threat.”

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