Republicans ramp up minority outreach

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  • Bloodhound Provo, UT
    Feb. 7, 2013 9:22 a.m.

    Why not go ahead and turn the governing of the country over to Mexico? Our leaders seem more interested in Mexico's constituency than U.S. Citizens. So, go ahead and let Mexico run everything. I'm sure we'll have Utopia in no time.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 10:01 p.m.

    Hispanics were mistreated in this election, by the
    rank and file and the candidates. By next election their
    proportion of the population will be greater than it was
    this election. Elections in the future will most likely ebb
    and flow between Democratic and Republican
    Candidates, but it will get more difficult, not less for
    Republicans to win unless they see the facts on the
    ground and act accordingly.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 9:38 p.m.

    Someone punches you in the gut, so you
    energetically rise up and to support their
    component. Someone seeing what a
    difference you can make, they decide
    they want to be your friend. You
    brush aside the probability their
    friendship is feigned and that your
    and their interests don't align and a new
    friendship is born.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 7:43 p.m.

    Pretty soon Hannity and Rush will be the only unrepresented minority.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 2:28 p.m.

    A bidding war over entitlements would be foolish.
    A bidding war over amnesty would be worse.
    But the old guard GOP plods ahead playing the game of identity politics.
    Our own party members are already confused. The candidates ignore the platform and wonder why we stay home.
    To be sure, we can never entice the liberals. They are the consummate narcissistic voters.
    And moderates, the unaffiliated, can see right through this shallow rebranding effort.
    No, the GOP needs to stand for something. And this is not the answer.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 1:34 p.m.

    “The way for the party to grow again is to elect more women and Hispanics at the local level. We need to make sure those elected officials look like the community they represent.”

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez


    No --
    “The way for the party to grow again is to STOP...

    trash talking the enitre Hispanic community,
    stripping away Women's Rights,
    labeling Hispanic children as "anchor babies",
    saying America is only a "Christian" nation,
    labeling anyone from the Middle East as a terrorist,
    pulling the rug out from under the education of the youth,
    telling the LGBT community that they are not equal citizens,
    saying you want peace, and start wars,
    financailly ruining the Elderly,
    pulling access to Healthcare for those with pre-existing conditions,
    and saying 47% of America don't pay ANY taxes...

    I'm sure there's other minorities groups I've missed, but that just a random example.

    Nominating someone who isn't a Flip-Flopper would help as well.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 1:22 p.m.

    Starting with Goldwater's southern strategy in 1964 and continuing through Nixon, Reagan, Lee Atwater, and Karl Rove, the GOP has made alienation of racial and ethnic minorities and women and appealing to white southern males a cornerstone of their strategy. It will take more than window dressing and a softened stance on immigration reform to overcome half a century of neglect. Also, it appears that Cuban exiles, the one reliable sector of the Latino community for the GOP over the years, are ditching their support as the original expats die and their descendants become increasingly distanced from Cuba.

    While there are many parts of the GOP platform that should be attractive to Latinos (predominantly Roman Catholic, family-oriented, entrepreneurial), the GOP has done a remarkably good job of pushing them away. What percentage of the Minute Man Project roaming the border was Republican? The GOP will need to make real changes if they want to attract the Latino vote. People can see through pandering and tokenism.