The GOP has nominated two moderates with more conservative running mates for the past two general elections, and both tickets have lost. Does that mean they will switch and nominate a more stringent conservative with a moderate as his/her running mate in 2016?
It probably won’t happen, but if they want to win, they’d nominate two moderates. The Republicans aren’t losing national elections because their base isn’t voting for them. They are losing because not enough of the folks in the middle are voting for them.