View Full Version : Are Hispanics a Hopeless Cause? Rubio article here offers insight.

03-25-2013, 11:05 AM
As much as I hope it happens, if Rand runs he's going to have to sell his points about inflation to these folks or they're gone for good.


Rubio's opposition to Obamacare is at odds with strong support among Hispanics. While he rails against big government, surveys show Hispanics overwhelmingly like government services.

"How's he going to help me just because he's Latino?" asked David Martinez Jr., 37 of La Mesa, N.M., whose family operates a Mexican restaurant amid the expansive pecan farms of the Rio Grande Valley. "It's just hard to believe Republicans. They don't have a track record of helping minorities or the middle class.

"It's his beliefs and policies that are going to make the difference. Does Rubio have the same mentality as Romney with that '47 percent' stuff?"

"Honestly, I would consider him because he's Hispanic," said Julio Sanchez, 19, a business marketing major at the University of Texas at El Paso. "I could always see myself voting Republican. The reason I'm Democrat is that's the way I was raised."

"It's ingrained in us," said Gabriel Lira, 24, who was sitting at a table in the same coffee shop as Sanchez. "Growing up, it was 'Republicans rich, Democrats help the middle class.' I'm interested in having a Hispanic president, but if he's going to be against everything I want, obviously I'm not going to vote for him."

Manuel Alvarez, 22, of Lordsburg, N.M., said he first voted for Obama because he could relate to him as a minority. "With a Hispanic on the ballot, I think a lot of people may look at it as, 'Hey, it's our turn, let's show them who we really are.' " But he too said Republicans would have to make major changes, starting with accepting gays and fixing immigration.

Rubio ran for the Senate in 2010 as a tough-on-immigration candidate. He even opposed the Dream Act, which would help immigrants brought to the United States as children achieve citizenship.

Now Rubio is pushing comprehensive reform that would provide a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented residents, and a faster pace for so-called Dreamers.

"The shift is crucial for Rubio to have any ability to attract votes. There's no question it was a political consideration," said Matt Barreto, director of Latino Decisions, an independent polling firm. "He would have had a huge problem if he had not come on board. He would have been attacked as someone who doesn't support the community."

With immigration reform facing hurdles in Congress, the rewards are still out of reach. But consider that 44 percent of Hispanics, including 43 percent who voted for Obama, said they would be more likely to support a GOP candidate who advocated for legislation that includes a path to citizenship, according to a new Latino Decisions poll.

The hope, and challenge, is to turn that into something tangible. Rubio recognizes the limitations of biography.

"Do I think ethnicity is helpful in the ability to identify in your personal story? I'm sure that's always a factor," he said in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times. "But that doesn't mean they are going to vote for someone who stands for things they don't agree on or believe is bad for their future. The way I view our challenge is we have to show people this is what we stand for. That's not a one week, one month or a one-year project. That's an ongoing endeavor."

03-25-2013, 11:13 AM
"With a Hispanic on the ballot, I think a lot of people may look at it as, 'Hey, it's our turn, let's show them who we really are.' " If this is the new normal, Hillary has already won. Let me know when everybody is done with their "turns" so it is "fair" again, and we can just get over it and on with it.

03-25-2013, 11:22 AM
Obamacare is not even implemented yet. It's going to wreck an already weak economy. Just wait and see. It's a timebomb that was timed to go off after Obama was successfully re-elected. They already decimated their House majority by forcing it through when it's actually implemented in 2014 the Democrats will be finished for a generation.

The GOP's principle job is to hang it round their necks and make sure that everyone who has their hours reduced, who faces a large hike in premiums or loses their coverage all together that they know who to blame. Business owners and leaders need to also be honest and explain the consequences to the millions of people who will be affected.