Posts Tagged ‘GOP’

Marco Rubio faces Hispanic critics

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

(Politico) In Miami’s Little Havana, the Cuban exile community has rallied to the defense of its favorite son, Sen. Marco Rubio, as he fights off allegations he embellished his family history to boost his meteoric political career.

But well beyond Calle Ocho, the freshman Florida Republican still faces a bigger challenge selling himself to the broader Hispanic electorate. Rubio is expected to encounter tough questions from voters and activists over his hard-line stance on immigration as he heads to Texas and possibly Arizona next week to court Hispanic voters and high-dollar donors. As his personal history morphs into a national political story, it’s clear Rubio still has plenty of skeptics in the Latino political community.

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In New Book Decrying ‘Slow Death’ Of White America, Pat Buchanan Warns That Minorities Lower Test Scores

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

(Think Progress) Pat Buchanan is, among other things, an MSNBC contributor with a new book out, Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025? As his “last political will and testament,” the book’s thesis is centered on “cultural collapse” of the nation and “the slow death of the people who created and ruled the nation” — namely, white people. In an op-ed for CNS News yesterday, Buchanan outlines the three major consequences America will face without enough white people to save it.

First, the Republican party, which “routinely gets 90 percent of its presidential votes from white America,” will come to an end, especially since crucial GOP states like Texas are “hispanicizing.” Second, the “millions of immigrants, legal and illegal” who “do not bring the academic or professional skills of European-Americans” will replace actual “taxpayers” and suck the government dry. Finally, test-scores will nose-dive because “more and more children taking those tests will be African-American and Hispanic”:

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Herman Cain: Call Me ‘Black American’ Not ‘African American’

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

(Mediaite) In the past few weeks, presidential candidate Herman Cain has not backed away from talking about his racial identity and how it influences his politics, and today on Meet The Press, Cain explained that he personally would rather be referred to as a “black American” than an “African American.”

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Hispanic politicians getting GOP attention

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

(Statesman.com) New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio are popular, relative political newcomers in presidential battleground states.

The rising GOP stars are also Hispanics, something the Republican Party makes no secret of hoping to capitalize on in the upcoming national elections.

National Republicans are inviting them on international fact-finding trips, courting them for high-profile public appearances and whispering their names as possibilities for vice presidential nominations.

"They represent the American Dream," said Fred Malek, founder of the conservative American Action Network and its spinoff, the Hispanic Leadership Network, whose mission is to bring Hispanics into the party. "They represent what America is all about: how to succeed. How to pull yourself up by the bootstraps, reach success and show leadership. They all share that."

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With Univision Snub, GOP Candidates Seek Other Venues for Reaching Latinos

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

(FoxNews) The growing number of Republican presidential candidates threatening to sit out an upcoming Univision debate signals the party may not deem the country's largest Spanish-language network as essential to reaching Hispanic voters. 

But that population is still considered critical to GOP success in 2012 — and the flap underscores how important it is for Republicans to build up their outreach to the Latino electorate over the next year. 

Analysts say Republicans will need to make an impression on Latino voters one way or another. They urged the candidates to broaden their outreach, instead of relying on one-shot debates to make an impact — and making amends with Univision couldn't hurt either.

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Republicans blow off Latino concerns in debate

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

(CNN) While the media's political high priests have been going gaga about Rep. Michele Bachmann's lying about the effects of the HPV vaccine, and Gov. Rick Perry's cozy role with pharmaceutical giant, Merck, the biggest issue coming out the CNN/Tea Party Express debate has been virtually ignored.

On Monday, a basic question about what the GOP should do to get Latinos to appeal to their party literally turned into a vicious discussion about building a wall along the Mexico-U.S. border, how the DREAM Act is a horrible piece of legislation, and the typical Republican talking points about how bad illegal immigration is for the country.

Remember, the question had nothing to do with confronting illegal immigration. It was a softball question that any amateur politician could have answered in their sleep. About the only one who looked like a sane human being was Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who defended his efforts to provide state tuition to the children of illegal immigrants, a position that was met with resistance from the other candidates and the tea party audience.

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As Rick Perry ascends, Mitt Romney chases Latino vote

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

(Los Angeles Times) Add the competition for Latino votes to the swiftly escalating battle between Republican presidential contenders Mitt Romney and Rick Perry.

Romney will address the Republican National Hispanic Assembly convention Sept. 2 during a previously planned fund-raising trip to Tampa, Fla.

Historically, Latinos have not been a huge factor in Republican nominating races. But they could be next winter, especially in Florida, which is shaping up as one of the biggest tests of 2012.  If Perry and Romney meet expectations in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, the Sunshine State could be a pivotal showdown, as it was four years ago.

As governor of Texas, Perry started off as a dove on immigration, but he’s become more of a hard-liner in recent years.  He signed a measure to provide in-state tuition for children of undocumented immigrants, similar to the Dream Act that Republicans have blocked in Congress.  In his most recent reelection, Perry received approximately 38% of the Latino vote.

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How Conservative Myths Stoke Racial Fear

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

(The Root) Many Americans are struck by how politics has taken such a sharp turn toward the openly racist since the election of the nation's first black president. Some Republicans have distributed cartoons depicting watermelon patches growing at the White House, and the president smiling with fried chicken and barbecue. One prominent South Carolina GOP activist even called the first lady a gorilla.

But I am also struck by how much the right has relied on outright fabrication of the country's history by insisting that institutionalized racism hardly ever existed. The right generally insists that white racism has no real effect on people's lives in the U.S., while exploiting racial fears and pernicious racial stereotypes with coded and not-so-coded language. The only "discrimination" is that directed against whites, pundits often argue. In fact, white Americans in general believe that whites suffer more discrimination today than African Americans do, according to a study released this May.

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Obama to Latinos: Press GOP on immigration

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

(Politico) President Barack Obama is urging Latino voters to spend less time pressing him to ease the enforcement of immigration laws and more time pressing Republican lawmakers to get behind immigration reform legislation.

"The problem right now is not on the Democratic side….Everybody for some reason is letting the Republican Party off the hook on this issue, either by hoping that I can take a unilateral action or that somehow Democrats can change the way Congress works," Obama said during a roundtable Monday with journalists for American Spanish-language newspapers. "The fact is, is if Latinos all across the country said, 'Until the Republican Party is willing to cooperate on bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform, we can’t support the Republican Party,” I promise you that’s something that would get the attention of the Republican Party."

"But that’s not where the energy is. So much time has been spent trying to see if we can do something administrative," Obama complained, according to an account by Antonieta Cadiz in La Opinion. "It’s as if people just give up on the idea of ever changing Republicans’ minds and, as a consequence, they don’t feel any pressure to try to do the right thing when it comes to immigration reform. That’s where the pressure needs to be applied."

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Top Republican Strategist Ed Gillespie: GOP Has ‘Sounded Anti-Immigrant’

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

(Huffington Post) Republican strategist Ed Gillespie is pushing hard for the Republican Party to change its attitude toward Hispanics. He's a student of voting data, and the numbers tell a clear story: If Republicans don't make up ground over the next decade with Hispanic voters in the U.S., they are toast.

"If the Republican nominee for president in 2020, which is not many cycles away, gets the same percentage of the Latino, African-American and Asian-American vote that John McCain got in 2008 … our nominee would lose by 14 percentage points in 2020," Gillespie said during an interview in his spacious second-story office, in a row house here about a 15-minute drive from downtown D.C.

Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman and senior White House adviser to George W. Bush, knows the numbers inside out. He recites what has become a mantra: McCain, who lost the 2008 election to President Obama by 7 points, got only 31 percent of the Hispanic vote, down from George W. Bush's take of at least 40 percent in 2004 (some say it was 44 percent).

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