Republican Bill Raggio, the longest-serving state senator in Nevada  history, says his party will lose elections if its doesn’t move away from the radical right.

Raggio made the remarks in an interview on radio station KUNR’s “Beyond the Headlines” show on Friday, a day before he steps down from the Senate seat he has held since 1972. Raggio says the GOP leadership has been taken over by a “radical element,” and seems to kick out those who don’t totally agree with what it wants. The 84-year-old Raggio says he comes from the “old school” that believes both parties must work together and that “compromise is not a dirty word.”

He says he hopes his successor has an ability to cross party lines.