Posts Tagged ‘election’

GOP Tries to Get in With Asian-American Voters

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

(Hispanic Business) Republicans admit they have a problem with Hispanic voters. They have an even bigger problem with Asian Americans — a group that was a majority GOP voting bloc less than 20 years ago. 

Three-quarters of Asian Americans went for President Obama in 2012, more than any other group except black voters. The GOP is pursuing Asian Americans as part of the same $10 million outreach program to talk to Hispanic voters, conceived after the party's 2012 losses and just getting underway. GOP leaders say a return to success with Asian-American voters lies in better engagement. This week, GOP Chairman Reince Priebus announced the first two staffers hired for field operations in the Asian-American community. 

Asian Americans are affluent, educated and family-oriented, surveys show — just the kind of folks GOP leaders say should be natural Republicans. Even better, they don't strongly identify as Democrats, according to exit polls, even if they vote that way. "It sounds like they're persuadable, but it also means they're paying a lot of attention to issues," says Karthick Ramakrishnan, a University of California-Riverside political scientist and director of the National Asian-American Survey. 

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GOP Tries to Get in With Asian-American Voters

The G.O.P.’s Diversity Deserts

Monday, April 1st, 2013

 

(New York Times Op-Ed, Charles Blow) Just a week ago, the Republicans issued their much-ballyhooed “autopsy” on why they lost the presidential election last year and how they might remedy their problems.

They concluded that their principles were fine; the problem was how they presented those principles. Their witless wisdom is simply to tone down their rhetoric. They want to turn Teddy Roosevelt’s famous saying on its side: Talk softly but carry a big stigma.

The establishment Republicans’ push for a softer tone, however, is pure political scheming and has nothing to do with what most Republicans seem to fundamentally believe.

And many rank-and-file Republicans are adopting this two-faced tactic. A Pew Research Center report issued Thursday found that although most Republicans say that “illegal immigrants” should be allowed to stay in this country legally, most also believe that immigrants are a burden because they take jobs and health care, and they threaten American values.

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Mitt Romney tells Fox campaign’s ‘real mistake’ was disconnect with minorities

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

 

(Guardian) Mitt Romney has admitted that a failure to connect with minority voters and his underestimation of support for Barack Obama's healthcare reforms helped cost him the presidential election – an assessment that could have important implications for a Republican party divided over how to take back the White House.

Romney said the alienation of Latino and black voters did "real damage to my campaign".

"We weren't effective taking our message to primarily to minority voters, to Hispanic Americans, African Americans, other minorities.

"That was a failing. That was a real mistake," he told Fox News Sunday in his first major interview since his defeat in November.

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Mitt Romney tells Fox campaign’s ‘real mistake’ was disconnect with minorities

Bill O’Reilly: Asians Aren’t ‘By Nature’ Liberal

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

 

(The Wrap) Bill O'Reilly has once again demonstrated his mastery of race relations.

O'Reilly, who opined in November that black and Hispanic voters cast their ballots for President Obama because they "want stuff" from the government, took a crack at explaining the nature of Asian people — and somehow found room in his mouth for the other foot — during Wednesday night's edition of "The O'Reilly Factor" on the Fox News Channel.

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Bill O’Reilly: Asians Aren’t ‘By Nature’ Liberal

9 Worst Political Commentaries About Latinos In 2012

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

 

(Huffington Post) The year 2012 will be remembered as the year of the rise of the Latino voter. The demographic shift changing the shape of U.S. politics was felt as never before, as both parties reached out to Hispanic voters and cultivated new faces like Marco Rubio and Julian Castro.

Hispanics jumped from 6 percent in 2000 to 10 percent in 2012 as a share of the electorate, helping tip the election in favor of President Barack Obama after Romney won just 27 percent of the Latino vote.

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9 Worst Political Commentaries About Latinos In 2012

Latinos didn’t cost Mitt Romney the election

Monday, December 17th, 2012

 

(Washington Post) Republicans have a major Latino problem, but it didn’t cost them the 2012 election.

According to a Fix review of election results, Mitt Romney would have needed to carry as much as 51 percent of the Hispanic vote in order to win the Electoral College — a number no Republican presidential candidate on record has been able to attain and isn’t really within the realm of possibility these days.

Latinos did push President Obama over the top in several key states — including Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico and Pennsylvania — that he would have lost without them. (Obama also would have lost the popular vote without Latinos.)

But it was a given that Obama was going to win a higher share of their votes; what mattered was the margin. And in order for Romney to have won the presidency, he would have needed to perform far better than any previous Republican presidential candidate.

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Latinos didn’t cost Mitt Romney the election

New House committee chairs reflect GOP’s concept of diversity

Friday, November 30th, 2012

 

(People's World) Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, demonstrated the difficulty his party has with the concept of diversity yesterday when he announced the names of the 19 people who will chair all of the major committees in the new Congress.

They are all white men and most of them are millionaires.

Rep, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the defeated vice presidential candidate, will continue to chair the powerful House budget committee, despite having exhausted the six-year term limit. The GOP lifted the rules to allow him to continue in that post.

They did not change the rules however when it came to a woman. The one female chair that House Republicans have, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, has to step down because her term is up.

The failure to include even a single woman or member of a minority group surprised many in the Capitol here who noted they would have expected something different from a Republican Party that had just been so soundly rejected by women and minority voters.

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New House committee chairs reflect GOP’s concept of diversity

The GOP’s diversity debacle

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

(Politico) After an election in which Mitt Romney lost the black, Asian and Latino vote by landslide margins, the news just got worse for the Republican Party.

With Florida GOP Rep. Allen West’s concession Tuesday, the face of the GOP got a little whiter, ending an election season in which the already undersized contingent of black, Hispanic and Asian Republicans in Congress grew even smaller.

For a party that’s struggling to present a public face that looks more like America, the 2012 election represents something close to a worst-case scenario.

The number of African-American Republicans in Congress, which stood to double thanks to several highly competitive candidates, was instead cut in half, to a single member. The last Asian-American Republican retired and wasn’t replaced. In a year when a record number of Hispanics were elected to Congress, House Republicans ended up losing two of their already small contingent. Puerto Rico GOP Gov. Luis Fortuño, a rising star who campaigned for Mitt Romney in Florida, was another 2012 casualty.

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The GOP’s diversity debacle

Republicans Claim Obama Won Re-election Because Blacks And Hispanics Wanted More Handouts

Monday, November 12th, 2012

 

(Think Progress) When they’re not expressing shock over the growing participation of women, Hispanics and African American voters in the election, Republicans are reacting to President Obama’s victory by acknowledging the party’s shortcomings in appealing to non-white voters. Some members of the GOP, like former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, are even suggesting that the party should cut a deal with Democrats and pass comprehensive immigration reform to win votes from the growing Latino population.

But in acknowledging the nation’s changing demographics, Republicans and conservative pundits are also advancing a new pernicious narrative: America has permanently shifted from a white male-dominated electorate, to a new crop of minority voters who support Democrats because they are dependent upon government:

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Republicans Claim Obama Won Re-election Because Blacks And Hispanics Wanted More Handouts

Asian Americans overwhelmingly backed Obama, Democrats

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

(Los Angeles Times) Much has been made of the Latino vote and its crucial role in boosting President Obama to victory, but it was Asian Americans who made the most dramatic shift in support for the president Tuesday.

Exit polls show that 73% of Asian Americans backed Obama, an 11-point increase since 2008.  Asian Americans came out in such force for Obama that they topped Latinos as his second-most supportive ethnic group, behind African Americans.

Latinos, who made up 10% of the electorate, went 67% for Obama, 5 points higher than in 2008.

While Asians accounted for just 3% of the electorate – up from 2% in 2008 – their overwhelming support made them a key component of the Obama coalition, especially in swing states like Virginia, Florida and Colorado. 

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Asian Americans overwhelmingly backed Obama, Democrats
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