Republicans have a huge incentive to reach political compromise and push through meaningful legislation should they win control of the Senate in midterm elections next week, former Reagan White House chief Ken Duberstein told CNBC on Wednesday.
The GOP needs to find ways to put achievements on the wall to show they can govern, Duberstein said in a "Squawk Box" interview. The country is tired of gridlock, and further inaction in a Republican-controlled Congress could hurt the party's presidential prospects, he said.
"As you head toward 2016, as favorable as the map is now for Republicans, it favors the blue states in 2016," Duberstein said.
The Republican leadership should identify clear goals on such issues as corporate tax reform, immigration reform and trade initiatives, he said. "Those are the things that are on the sweet spot of the Republicans, but also important to the White House, as well."