Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida, speaks during the Governor's Hurricane Conference at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center May 10, 2006 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images News)
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) warned on Sunday that Republicans aren't doing enough to boost their appeal to a wider swath voters, a lack of action that could damage the party in the future as demographics shift.
"This is going to be a close election, but long-term, conservative principles, if they're to be successful and implemented, there has to be a concerted effort to reach out to a much broader audience than we do today," Bush said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
Bush often sounds the alarm about GOP rhetoric and Latino voters in particular, whom he said could be turned off by the way Republicans discuss immigration and other issues. Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney trails President Barack Obama by significant margins am...
, the second-fastest growing population in the United States. Bush's brother, former President George W. Bush, held far better numbers with Latino voters than Romney currently does.
On Sunday, the former Florida governor did not refer to the GOP's need to appeal to any specific group, but said the party could find it seriously damaging if Republicans do not expand their base.
"I'm concerned about it over the long haul for sure," Bush told "Meet The Press" host David Gregory. "Our demographics are changing and we have to change not necessarily our core beliefs, but how we -- the tone of our message and the message and the intensity of it, for sure."