I would add a number 4 to the Republican to-do's
Explain how the idea of limited government provides the best opportunity for the poor to be lifted up. We need to not only call for spending reductions, but communicate HOPE.
I don't mean hope in the sense that Obama presents it, but one of success, self-actualization, and compassion.
We don't want to cut benefits for those that need them or stop helping the poor. We want to do it more efficiently, better, and with a the measure of success being that the poor lift themselves out of poverty.