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Republicans Talk About Infighting And Term Limits At Lincoln Day Dinner

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It's a chance for republicans to get together and get a jump start on the next campaign season. The Lincoln Day Dinner was held in Galena, Illinois today. 

Republicans said a big challenge is reuniting a divided party, many telling us it's important to bring the party back together for the sake of furthering the ideals and policies most Republicans agree on.

We've seen a visible rift in the GOP at the national level in recent weeks and months, including having three separate republican responses to the President's State of the Union Address. One from the traditional GOP group, one from the Tea Party, and one from Republican Senator Rand Paul.

Analysts said that flurry of responses reflected a widening ideological divide in the party. Some of the Republicans we spoke to tonight say they have to come together to be successful in the future.

"That's the lesson that we do need to learn and it'll probably be emphasized tonight once March 18th is over we'll have a candidate for governor and other candidates and we have to support those candidates," said Republican State Sen. Tim Bivins.

"I'm not going to agree with any candidate 100%, but at the same time we've got to look at the destruction of this great state and then make sure we get behind whoever our candidates are," said Republican Congressional Candidate Bobby Schilling.

Many Republicans today also spoke in favor of legislation calling for term limits within the state of Illinois. There's a petition to get it on the ballot to make that a constitutional amendment. 

"I've signed the pledge that I will help to introduce legislation to limit all senators to two terms and state reps to three terms," said Republican State Sen. Jim Oberweis.

"People become career politicians as opposed to public servants, which is what politicians should be," said Republican Candidate for Secretary of State Mike Webster. "People are elected to serve the state of Illinois, not to serve their own best interests."

Senator Oberweis said it's important to be citizen legislators instead of career politicians. Everyone we talked to says it's going to be a big discussion leading into the November Elections.

Democrats hold their own versions of this Lincoln Day Dinner. For example, the Rock Island County Democratic Party will be holding its annual "Unity Dinner" on March 25th at the American Legion in Moline, IL.