TODAY   |  June 16, 2013

Palin rallies base at GOP conference

Social conservatives wrapped up a three-day conference in Washington, D.C., with some of the most fiery voices of the Republican party taking the podium. But is the GOP closer to tackling the problems that have dogged their hopes for winning a national election? NBC’s Kristen Welker reports.

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>>> conservatives wrapped up a three-day conference in washington , d.c., this weekend with some of the most fiery voices of the republican party speaking out. they fired up the party faithful but will their message resonate with a wider audience? here is kristen welker.

>>> d.c. is one hot mess.

>> reporter: as the republican party struggles to find its footing, former vice presidential candidate sarah palin topped off the krns with a blistering attack on the obama administration.

>> i say until we have someone who knows what they're doing, i say let us sort it out.

>> reporter: real estate mogul and reality tv star donald trump took aim at his own party organizing mitt romney ran a weak political campaign.

>> you can't get it wrong again. you got it wrong. you can't get it wrong again.

>> reporter: words that rallied the conservative base but didn't achieve much more according to some and a cysts.

>> this is not the future of the republican party .

>> reporter: susan page says it rests with 2016 contenders including senator rand paul and senator marco rubio who is spearheading immigration reform , which could can be key to the gop winning wider margins among hispanic voters.

>> but at the essence of our immigration policy is compassion.

>> reporter: noticeably absent, new jersey governor and obama pal chris christie who made an appearance at the clinton global initiative in chicago. analysts say while this weekend's conference in washington was rousing for social conservatives , the gop has more work to do to broaden its outreach. for "today," kristen welker, nbc news, washington .