Posts Tagged ‘Republican’

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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Rick Perry moves right on immigration

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

(Los Angeles Times) Immigration advocates in Texas were heartened last year when the Republican governor, Rick Perry, flatly stated that Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants "would not be the right direction for Texas."

But in June, Perry convened a special session of the Legislature, hoping to pass a measure outlawing sanctuary cities — places where police are not allowed to ask people they detain about immigration status.

The law, which had already failed during the Legislature's regular session, was defeated a second time thanks to an opposition coalition that included immigration activists as well as law enforcement officials, evangelical pastors and Republican business owners, among them one of Perry's biggest fundraisers.

Why did the governor push the ban in a state where no official sanctuary cities even exist? Many in Texas, including Perry supporters, thought they knew the answer: He was considering a run for the Republican presidential nomination.

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Rick Perry’s Record In Texas May Not Convince Latino Voters

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

(Huffington Post) It's official: Texas Governor Rick Perry has announced his candidacy for president of the United States, officially entering the race for the 2012 Republican nomination. The governor made his announcement Saturday at a conservative gathering in Charleston, S.C.

In his speech, Perry advocated for greater security along the U.S.-Mexico border and attacked the Obama Administration for failing to deliver promised jobs and economic growth. "That is not a recovery — that is an economic disaster," Perry said, referencing recent data that indicate 1 in 6 working-age citizens is unable to find full-time employment.

Perry said the most urgent priority for the country is to revitalize the economy, emphasizing, "It's time to get America working again." He criticized President Obama directly, saying the president has been responsible "for downgrading American jobs, downgrading our standing in the world, downgrading our financial stability, downgrading confidence and downgrading the hope of a better future for our children."

In the speech, Perry — who has held his post for 11 years, the most served by any sitting governor and the most by any governor of Texas — spoke of his childhood as the son of cotton sharecroppers in the small town of Paint Creek, Texas, and invoked his religious faith as a grounding and guiding force in his life.

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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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Two Republicans rethink racially tinged remarks

Friday, August 5th, 2011

(Los Angeles Times) A Colorado congressman and a prominent television commentator have backtracked after using racially tinged language — "tar baby" and "boy" — when referring to the policies of President Obama, whose election as the first African American president was hailed as the beginning of an era of post-racial politics.

Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) and Patrick Buchanan, an MSNBC political analyst, found themselves wrestling with their comments, which have been viewed as racist.

Amid the partisan battle over raising the debt ceiling, Lamborn took to the airwaves last week to criticize Obama's policies, comparing them to a "tar baby." The Tar-Baby is a doll made of tar and turpentine used to entrap Br'er Rabbit in the second of the Uncle Remus stories. Though it was used to mean a sticky situation, it has also become a racist term to describe African Americans.

In a letter to Obama, Lamborn apologized for using the phrase. In a statement, Lamborn's office said he was attempting to tell a radio audience that Obama's "policies have created an economic quagmire for the nation and are responsible for the dismal economic conditions our country faces. He regrets that he chose the phrase 'tar baby' rather than the word 'quagmire.' "

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Jon Ward: Republican Strategist Ed Gillespie Plans To Recruit 100 Hispanic State Legislature Candidates For 2012

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

(Huffington Post) The same Republican strategist who presciently focused his party's resources on winning state legislatures in the last election is now trying to patch up the party's relationship with Hispanic voters, with an eye toward saving the GOP from itself.

Ed Gillespie, the 48-year-old former White House adviser to President George W. Bush, announced Monday that he is spearheading an effort to recruit at least 100 Hispanic candidates to run for seats in state legislatures around the country in 2012.

"The demographics of America are changing, and any political party that fails to recognize that is going to find themselves consigned to minority status in the not too distant future," Gillespie said on a conference call with reporters.

The new effort will be run out of the Republican State Leadership Committee, where Gillespie took over as chairman in 2009. The RSLC raised $30 million in the 2010 election cycle, and RSLC president Chris Jankowski said the group will spend at least $3 million on the Hispanic recruitment project.

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Herman Cain urged to quit presidential race by angry Latino Republicans

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

(Los Angeles Times) Herman Cain found himself in hot water Monday with Latino Republicans after telling an audience that his solution to illegal immigration along the Mexican border would include a Great Wall of China-like electrified fence that would rise 20 feet high above a moat filled with alligators.

"We call on Herman Cain to drop his candidacy for president. His recent comments and lack of practical solutions to solving illegal immigration show he’s not a serious candidate," the Somos Republicans group wrote in a statement released Monday.

"Many Hispanics find his recent comments comparing immigrants to 'invading Huns' offensive, and also insensitive when thousands of immigrants died crossing the desert. We’re looking for practical and humane solutions, and find Cain’s pandering to xenophobes disgusting. Apparently nativist tea has been served up at many tea parties! Hispanics are a key swing vote, and whichever GOP candidate succeeds in winning the nomination cannot win the general election without the Hispanic vote. Cain needs to leave the field open to more serious candidates," Somos demanded.

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Mark Amodei, GOP Candidate In Nevada, Under Fire For Ad Warning Of A Chinese Takeover

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

(Huffington Post) A Republican congressional candidate in Nevada is facing criticism from Asian-American groups for his controversial new ad that portrays China taking over the country and a scary army of Asian people marching on the U.S. Capitol.

Mark Amodei, a former chairman of the Nevada Republican Party, was recently picked to be his party's nominee for the 2nd congressional district in the state. Dean Heller held the seat before he was appointed to the U.S. Senate, replacing John Ensign, who resigned in disgrace in May.

Amodei's campaign ad is a fictional news report from the future, with an Asian anchorwoman telling — in heavily accented English — the story of America's downfall.

"Once upon a time, America became its own worst enemy," says the narrator. "When all its borrowed money ran out, they kept spending. Out of control, their President Obama just kept raising the debt limit, and their independence became a new dependence. As their debt grew, our fortune grew. And that's how our great empire rose again."

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