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article imageVideo: GOP weighs in on Latino voters

By Can Tran     Nov 12, 2012 in Politics
Republicans had weighed in on the recent GOP losses. Several members of the GOP feel the party needs to do better in reaching out to Latinos.

Barack Obama, the Democratic incumbent, had won re-election on November 6 for the United States Presidency. The defeat of GOP nominee Mitt Romney was seen as a blow to the Republicans. Not only that, Republicans had suffered losses in the Senate races in which Democrats maintain control of the US Senate. But, Republicans still maintain control of the US House of Representatives. One problem pointed out is that the GOP has a “demographics problem.” A poll that's available on the Los Angeles Times website on an article about non-white voters said that ninety-two percent of the people that took the poll say “yes.” Obama, according to the exit polls, received the following: seventy percent of the Latino vote, over ninety percent of the black vote, almost seventy-five percent of the Asian vote, sixty percent of the youth vote, and a lot of the unmarried women vote.
According to a Huffington Post blog, by William Laney, it said that Romney's campaign wasn't as great. But, Laney said that Romney is a good and decent man. Laney compared Romney's personal and political sides respectively to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with the latter being the very evil person for those that don't know the story.
Some Republicans weighed in on the GOP's losses. Two Latino Republicans weighed in on the Latino vote and the Romney campaign. Ted Cruz of Texas, is the recent Tea Party Republican to be elected to the United States Senate. According to him, the GOP needs to do better in the future to court the Latino vote. He warned that if the GOP doesn't, then Texas will eventually become a blue state. Currently, Texas has 38 electoral votes.
Cruz further said that states such as New York and California will remain Democratic strongholds. He implied that neither of those states are going to turn red. Then, he further explained if Texas becomes a blue state in the future, winning Ohio and Florida will not matter in the future. Ohio and Florida are known crucial battleground states because they can swing either way.
Carlos Gutierrez, an adviser to Mitt Romney, echoed similar words. According to Gutierrez, the GOP hardliners struck fear into the hearts of Latino voters. As a result, they voted for Obama instead of Romney at the polls. Gutierrez also explained that the GOP primary race was one of the reasons to blame for scaring the Latino voters. He blamed extremists in the GOP for Romney's loss.
Gutierrez was on CNN when he made those statements; but, he came into opposition with GOP Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers of Washington. Rogers defended the party and said that being more moderate isn't the way to go. Gutierrez said that the GOP cannot be extreme right.
Former GOP Rep. John Shadegg said the GOP was turning off Latino voters. His words also echo that of Cruz. Shadegg said that it wasn't the GOP philosophy to blame, it was the way the campaigns were ran. Like Gutierrez, Shadegg said that extremists are doing damage to the Republican Party.
Conservative columnist Michael Barone said that the “nut jobs” on the GOP ballot cost the GOP. He said that the Tea Party movement brought some talented people but at the same time brought in some “duds” on the ticket. He made remarks about Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, who lost their respective races in Missouri and Indiana.
Peggy Noonan also weighed in on the GOP's loss and the Tea Party movement. According to Noonan, embracing “Tea Party style of rage” isn't the way to go.
This is going to force the Tea Party to play defensive. Keep in mind that Cruz is a Tea Party Republican. According to Tea Party activists, they're not to blame for the GOP losses let alone Romney's loss. To the Tea Party, the GOP was “too moderate” and undermined the “conservatives.” It could spell a potential internal battle in the party. Keep in mind that the GOP still has control of the US House with a good portion of those Republicans being members of the Tea Party. However, we still have the 2014 elections coming up.
There is the question: How will the GOP reach out to Latino voters? Will the Tea Party play any part?
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