A Republican Senator has urged his party to get over issues such as same-sex marriage, in order to get ahead at the upcoming elections.

Senator Ron Johnson said on CNBC’s Squawk Box that he opposed same-sex marriage, but that if voters approve same-sex marriage, he would accept it.

He said: “I’m pretty traditional guy, almost 60 years old. I think marriage is between a man and a woman. But again if the voters decide that they want gay marriage I’m not going to oppose it,” reports ThinkProgress.

Rather than issues such as same-sex marriage, GOP leaders must communicate positions on economic and foreign policy he said.

“Social issues are going to primarily be decided in the states through democratic process and that’s the why it should happen… I’ll certainly go with the judgement of the American people in terms of where they want to fall on, whether it’s abortion issues or gay marriage or wherever,” he continued.