Confirmed: A Latino VP would hugely help the GOP’s chances with Latino voters

posted at 1:20 pm on March 6, 2012 by Tina Korbe

If Michael Scherer is right and Latinos will pick the next president, then the eventual GOP nominee — whoever he might be — is in trouble. According to a Fox News Latino poll conducted under the direction of Latin Insights, President Barack Obama beats any of the GOP candidates among Latino voters by a margin of six-to-one:

The national poll of likely Latino voters indicated that 73 percent of them approved of Obama’s performance in office, with over half those questioned looking favorably upon his handling of the healthcare debate and the economy, at 66 percent and 58 percent respectively.

Released on the eve of the Super Tuesday primaries in the race for the GOP nomination, the Fox News Latino poll shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 35 percent of Latino voter support, to Texas Rep. Ron Paul’s 13 percent, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich‘s 12 percent, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum’s 9 percent.

But the poll shows that the overwhelming choice among likely Latino voters is President Obama. In head-to-head match-ups none of the GOP candidates would garner more than 14 percent of the Latino vote come November, the poll said. …

While the poll indicates that four of five Latinos who voted for Obama in 2008 would vote for him later this year, Latinos who voted for Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain four years ago are now divided between voting for Obama and the Republican candidates. Forty percent said that they favored Obama while 38 percent said they would vote for Romney. Obama also leads Santorum 38 percent to 34, and Gingrich 40 percent to 38.

It’s unclear exactly why Latino voters so favor Obama. Like all voters, Latinos cite jobs and the economy as the most important election issue to them — and, on that, Obama has failed Latinos no less than he has failed Americans at large. After the economy, Latinos cite education and health care as their top priorities. Perhaps that’s where Obama has won them over. The GOP candidates oppose the DREAM Act, for example, which has as much to do with education as with immigration. Immigration is the fourth-most important issue to Latino voters, and they’re not pleased with either the GOP candidates’ or Obama’s performance on that issue.

At this point, the GOP candidates can’t do much to tailor their platforms to Latino voters. In this particular cycle, a doctrinaire attitude against illegal immigration became requisite to convince the conservative base that the candidates would, in fact, govern as conservatives — and that meant decrying DREAM, any form of in-state tuition for the children of immigrants who entered the country illegally at all and free emergency room care to undocumented immigrants, among other policies.

The best the GOP nominee can do is hammer home just how disastrous Obama’s policies have been for the economy — and, er, pick a Latino running mate:

One area where Republicans could gain back ground among Latino voters is by the choice of Vice President. Almost one-third of Latino voters say that they would consider voting Republican if there were a Latino on the ticket.  …

Almost one-quarter of Latinos said they would be more willing to vote for a Republican if [Marco] Rubio was on the ticket, with this number rising to almost four-in-ten in Florida, a potential swing state.

About one-fifth of likely Latino voters would be more willing to vote for a Republican if [Susana] Martínez  got the VP nod.

But, then, to judge by the frequency with which Marco Rubio’s name is brought up as a great choice for the vice presidential slot, the GOP probably already knew that.

At this point, though, I’m with George Will: We need to make sure we secure Congress. That means we need Marco Rubio in the Senate and, for that matter, Allen West in the House. Surely we can find a VP candidate from among the ranks of GOP governors.


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The national poll of likely Latino voters indicated that 73 percent of them approved of Obama’s performance in office

wow I didn’t anticipate his numbers being that high among Latinos

liberal4life on March 6, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Luis Fortuño for VP, governor of Puerto Rico.

islandman78 on March 6, 2012 at 1:21 PM

I don’t agree with this analysis at all. Which states that Obama won in 2008 can the GOP candidate win if he gets more Latino voters? Are Latinos that prevalent in any of the swing states other than perhaps Florida?

I vote for Susana Martinez or Brian Sandoval over Rubio if we have to have a Latino on the ticket. I agree we need Rubio in the Senate.

rockmom on March 6, 2012 at 1:23 PM

I like Rubio-a lot-but it shouldn’t matter to ANYONE what he looks like.
In the Texas Primary I’m supporting Ted Cruz over Dewhurst because I happen to think that he’s the most conservative candidate in the senate race. The fact that his father was born in Cuba doesn’t mean jack to me.
Character over color. Always.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 6, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Has the ISSUE of Rubio’s eligibility been solved? Almost daily I hear one way or the other on the issue.
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letget on March 6, 2012 at 1:23 PM

It’s unclear exactly why Latino voters so favor Obama.

No, it’s not. It’s because they percieve Republicans and conservative grassroots as anti-Hispanic bigots.

I have long thought there were better approaches to the debate over illegal immigration that don’t lend themselves to Democrat demagoguery quite as well. How about securing the border to protect our own citizens, as well as people who want to come here? And how about afterward dealing with the illegals who are here in a responsible manner? Scream about amnesty all you want, but the bottom line is that we won’t and can’t depart over 10 million people. Let’s get rid of the criminals and the deadbeats, but find a way for the ones who work and support themselves to stay.

DRayRaven on March 6, 2012 at 1:24 PM

It’s 2012 and identity politics is still number 1.

Oil Can on March 6, 2012 at 1:24 PM

I’ll go with Susanna Martinez.

John Deaux on March 6, 2012 at 1:25 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 6, 2012 at 1:23 PM
I’m supporting Ted Cruz over Dewhurst

Our home also!
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letget on March 6, 2012 at 1:25 PM

singing “Livin’ la Vida Loca”.

Marcola on March 6, 2012 at 1:26 PM

That only works on the LGBT vote.

Oil Can on March 6, 2012 at 1:25 PM

If the repub nominee picks a Latino, Obama will force to Biden to dye his hair black and start singing “Livin’ la Vida Loca”.

Marcola on March 6, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Interesting. If a poll of white voters came out that said they would likely only support a nominee of he or his VP was white, can you imagine the cries of racism that would result. Yet a poll of Latino voters that says the only way we can get their support is to nominate a Latino is met with not a word about the inherent racism of that position.

Shump on March 6, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Obvious transparent pandering will doom us. Don’t be stupid. And stand up for our own principles. We will be mocked by the Hispanics if we pick green Rubio.

anotherJoe on March 6, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Rubio doesn’t have a choice. If he loves this country, he’ll do the right thing and join Romney on the ticket. It’s not about his wife or kids or the Senate, it’s about our country. Do the right thing Senator Rubio.

WordsMatter on March 6, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Post-racial presidency indeed.
I guess it takes a special kind of naive to expect voters to choose a candidate based on competence and experience rather than skin color.

jadm on March 6, 2012 at 1:27 PM

This guy is about to be our nominee?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyp2QIGejq4

Even with the Rubio advantage we’re in a world of deep doo doo.

PappyD61 on March 6, 2012 at 1:27 PM

“Latinos,” voting for someone, just because he/she is Latino? No way. Impossible.

The GOP has an alternative, if it wants superficial votes.

Rachel Maddow as VP – well, it would get the GOP the female and homosexual vote … oh, and the Socialist vote.

She’s a winner!

OhEssYouCowboys on March 6, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Time magazine endorses Michael Schennum as the Latino of choice for Republicans.

NotCoach on March 6, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Almost one-third of Latino voters say that they would consider voting Republican if there were a Latino on the ticket.

Great to hear that so many people base their vote on (cough) ideas.

WashJeff on March 6, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Gotta be Susana Martinez Governor of New Mexico…just to show there is no war on women…and she knows the border, plus she was a DA….but mainly she’s not another stuffed shirt white guy.

gracie on March 6, 2012 at 1:28 PM

It’s unclear exactly why Latino voters so favor Obama.

seriously????????

F-R-E-E-B-I-E-S.

PappyD61 on March 6, 2012 at 1:28 PM

with over half those questioned looking favorably upon his handling of the healthcare debate

Which explains why the Dems want the ones here illegally to become citizens — a vast number sure do seem to love them some socialism. I guess because it’s working out so well in their countries or origin…

CJ on March 6, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Marco Rubio will not help the ticket.

He is a former Mormon.

Asking evangelicals to vote for a a Mormon and a former Mormon is a slap in the face

liberal4life on March 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM

If Rubio is elected Veep, the GOP governor would pick his replacement, who whould then have to run in 2014 and again in 2016. So the seat is at risk but by no means gone.

BuzzCrutcher on March 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Need a woman on the ticket absolutely and without question….

gracie on March 6, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Rubio would be a perfect fit for Romney…..

they are both Bush republican Squishes.

PappyD61 on March 6, 2012 at 1:31 PM

letget on March 6, 2012 at 1:23 PM

I’ve said this before-I’ll say it again.
If the GOP decides to wallow in the birther sh*tpit-they deserve to have their basses handed to them.
Rubio and Jindal were born here…LEGALLY. They’re eligible.
Mitt/Jindal 2012!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 6, 2012 at 1:31 PM

liberal4life on March 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM

I bet no one has ever accused you of being formerly clever or intellectual.

NotCoach on March 6, 2012 at 1:31 PM

“Vote Aqui”? I always thought basic English comprehension was required for citizenship…

affenhauer on March 6, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Here’s the plan:

1. Pick Rubio or Martinez for VP to lock up those votes.

2. Assuming the Republican wins, swiftly pass the necessary employment/fence building/deportation/voter fraud measures to ensure that Latinos aren’t a threat to the GOP in future elections.

EnglishMike on March 6, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Imagine if whites wouldn’t vote for a mexican candidate unless he had a white VP.

clearbluesky on March 6, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Getting it straight. This discussion of pandering is OK.

And the candidate would not be a RINO?

Has anyone asked Pappy61? BTW, I never had Juan McLame on my short list. I saw the man too much on TV. Skulduggery. But…

Have the RINO hunters forgotten that McCain nearly won with the media, the Bush wars, an economy in meltdown and looking like a tired old man on TV encumbering his campaign?

In addition to the public’s love of changing parties?

The man did well.

IlikedAUH2O on March 6, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Interesting. If a poll of white voters came out that said they would likely only support a nominee of he or his VP was white, can you imagine the cries of racism that would result. Yet a poll of Latino voters that says the only way we can get their support is to nominate a Latino is met with not a word about the inherent racism of that position.

Shump on March 6, 2012 at 1:26 PM

This is the reason that the left has had to redefine the definition of racism as only applying to the majority. I.E. Only the race in majority/power can be racist.

BierManVA on March 6, 2012 at 1:33 PM

A little clarity here, folks…


READ THIS POLL CAREFULLY.

Every GOP candidate should be happy with 40% of the vote!!!

Respect for the law should never be abandoned in favor of misguided pandering to special interest groups.

Don’t assume all Hispanic Americans are in favor of rewarding criminals (illegal aliens) with their ill-gotten goods (residency) — a mushy-headed strategy doomed to failure (if success means ending illegal activities).

fred5678 on March 6, 2012 at 1:34 PM

At this point, though, I’m with George Will: We need to make sure we secure Congress. That means we need Marco Rubio in the Senate and, for that matter, Allen West in the House. Surely we can find a VP candidate from among the ranks of GOP governors.

Well, we deffo need Allen West to stay in the house. He is as live of a wire as Rush. He will say really embarrassing things like when he said Debbie Shultz isnt a woman. Yeah, that would be a great quote to battle the War on Women meme. Figures Sarah the idiot Palin would suggest this guy.

Marco Rubio would be a great choice though.

Jailbreak on March 6, 2012 at 1:34 PM

fred5678 on March 6, 2012 at 1:34 PM

I don’t buy into this canard that we must have a Hispanic on the ticket to win either. Romney will though, and pandering just does not play well with Americans. Rubio would be a fine choice, but promote him for his ideas and values. Not for his skin color or ethnic origins.

NotCoach on March 6, 2012 at 1:34 PM

“Guerra Contra Las Mujeres…!”

/

Seven Percent Solution on March 6, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Say no to an all male ticket. It’s time for the ladies, way past time.

gracie on March 6, 2012 at 1:35 PM

liberal4life on March 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Being that your head is so far up Zero’s butt that it’s cutting of your oxygen…your opinion of the GOP nomination process qualifies as less than irrelevant.
*I know-my comment is more proof that the GOP hates women-despite my also being a woman. ///*

annoyinglittletwerp on March 6, 2012 at 1:35 PM

There is a tradition of immigrant folks to look to the gov’t or political corruption for a leg up.

The Dems are gonna play them like a cheap flute.

IlikedAUH2O on March 6, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Susana Martinez? The only issues Dems and MSM will raise are : she was elected governor only 2 years ago and have no foreign policy experience.

galtani on March 6, 2012 at 1:36 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 6, 2012 at 1:35 PM

That’s because you’re an Aunt Tom.

NotCoach on March 6, 2012 at 1:37 PM

I’ll go with Susanna Martinez.

John Deaux on March 6, 2012 at 1:25 PM

I’ll second third support that. There is no better VP pick. Rubio has the baggage of Mormon past and eligibility, and he isn’t even a true Latino. Brian Sandoval would be an interesting pick, too – doubly so if he can carry Nevada.

Archivarix on March 6, 2012 at 1:37 PM

It’s unclear exactly why Latino voters so favor Obama.

seriously????????

F-R-E-E-B-I-E-S.

PappyD61 on March 6, 2012 at 1:28 PM

It’s not even that. The Latino voting block is like the Jewish voting block. They vote Democrat “just because”. My wife is a latina, one of the few truly conservative ones, but all her relatives and friends voted for Obama and will likely do so again without having a clue about what he is doing to this country.

SPCOlympics on March 6, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Yuck. I like Rubio personally, but we can’t put him on the ticket just because he might lock up the Hispanic vote. Can we please not completely become exactly like the Democratic Party?

I’ve still got a feeling the VP slot might be Rand Paul.

BakerAllie on March 6, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Imagine if whites wouldn’t vote for a mexican candidate unless he had a white VP.

clearbluesky on March 6, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Is that why Obama had to go with Sheriff Joe?

El_Terrible on March 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM

The GOP candidates oppose the DREAM Act, for example, which has as much to do with education as with immigration.

No it doesn’t. It has nothing to do with education beyond rewarding illegals for not getting caught in a system that really isn’t looking for them in the first place.

Happy Nomad on March 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM

rubio es un rino ramera.

renalin on March 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Is that why Obama had to go with Sheriff Joe?

El_Terrible on March 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Possibly. However, no one can point to a poll where whites gave this reason for voting for Obama. They voted for him to assuage the big white guilt that was thrust upon them their whole life by the media and liberals.

BierManVA on March 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Fortuno or Martinez would be fine… arguably better than whoever ends up as the Presidential candidate. (Kind of reminds me of 2008)

therambler on March 6, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Imagine if whites wouldn’t vote for a mexican candidate unless he had a white VP.

clearbluesky on March 6, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Exactly.

But… but, it’s different because they’re not white.

We have to be understanding and tolerant of their ideas don’t you know; but they don’t have to be understanding or tolerant of our ideas.

Logus on March 6, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Our POTUS is with his base and answering their questions.

None of them even mentioned that he was “hiding in the White House” or secreting himself like a “Monarch” the way they used to carp at President Nixon.

How nice they can be when they want to be.

IlikedAUH2O on March 6, 2012 at 1:39 PM

I’m all for a balanced ticket. If the nominee is a Northeastern liberal like Mitt Romney, an unquestioned conservative Hispanic from the Southwest wouldn’t be all that bad a choice. Rubio and/or West come from an important swing state but I think geographic diversity is important and an all East Coast ticket sends the wrong message. Almost as bad as a Romney/Snowe ticket.

Happy Nomad on March 6, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Is that why Obama had to go with Sheriff Joe?

El_Terrible on March 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Democrats are the party of racists and racism historically, so…

Logus on March 6, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Latina Latina Latina Susana Martinez of New Mexico

gracie on March 6, 2012 at 1:41 PM

So again we as a nation are going to run candidates and vote based on ethnic groups?

MLK is quivering in his grave. He would be rolling but he was so agitated from the last election he wore himself out.

HotAirian on March 6, 2012 at 1:42 PM

READ THIS POLL CAREFULLY:
http://www.jmisys.com/immigrationmarches/zogby5.html

fred5678 on March 6, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Hmm, “Jewish” line is kinda eye-popping. And you were saying that Ron Paul is an anti-Semite? Maybe we should send him money…

Archivarix on March 6, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Is that why Obama had to go with Sheriff Joe?

El_Terrible on March 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM

White liberals are always saying the best cities are the ones like Portland, Oregon that are white as snow, so yeah, could be.

clearbluesky on March 6, 2012 at 1:44 PM

So again we as a nation are going to run candidates and vote based on ethnic groups?

MLK is quivering in his grave. He would be rolling but he was so agitated from the last election he wore himself out.

HotAirian on March 6, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Ask Ronald Reagan he started the southern white strategy. He should know all about ethnic voting

liberal4life on March 6, 2012 at 1:44 PM

I’ve still got a feeling the VP slot might be Rand Paul.

BakerAllie on March 6, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Why because his creepy daddy is going to be the spoiler at the convention unless he is the VP candidate? The VP nominee is supposed provide balance (i.e. appeal to blocs of voters the nominee needs help attracting). What exactly does Rand Paul bring to the ticket except two undistinguished years in the Senate and an annoying racist father?

Happy Nomad on March 6, 2012 at 1:44 PM

It boggles my mind why they would vote for an anti-religion, anti-business, anti-life, pro-Islam, pro-communist, anti-liberty guy like Obama.

darwin on March 6, 2012 at 1:45 PM

So again we as a nation are going to run candidates and vote based on ethnic groups?
HotAirian on March 6, 2012 at 1:42 PM

If we must draft an Affirmative Action candidate, I say go with the latest trend and go Linsanity!

whatcat on March 6, 2012 at 1:46 PM

It’s not even that. The Latino voting block is like the Jewish voting block. They vote Democrat “just because”. My wife is a latina, one of the few truly conservative ones, but all her relatives and friends voted for Obama and will likely do so again without having a clue about what he is doing to this country.

SPCOlympics on March 6, 2012 at 1:37 PM

That trend crosses racial and ethnic “boundaries”. There are a lot of people who vote while ignorant.

The candidate looks nice? Vote for them.
The candidate looks like me? Vote for them.
The candidate says the other candidate is bad? Vote for them.
The candidate says they’ll give me lots of stuff? Vote for them.
The media/Hollywood says the other candidate is bad? Vote accordingly.
My parents voted for party x, so I vote for party x too.

I seem to recall Bill Clinton getting a lot of women voting for him because they thought he was so handsome.

There was a lot more than Bush and Republican hate going on as to why Obama won.

Logus on March 6, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Jailbreak on March 6, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Well, you were always belligerent, incoherent and unhinged. Now you’re also illiterate.

Way to go.

notropis on March 6, 2012 at 1:47 PM

What exactly does Rand Paul bring to the ticket except two undistinguished years in the Senate and an annoying racist father?

Happy Nomad on March 6, 2012 at 1:44 PM

For one, Tea Party support and enthusiasm that Romney needs like air. For another, his dad’s college cohorts (otherwise known as “stoner vote”) that are 3-4% of the overall electorate, that will otherwise go to Obama or Gary Johnson and that no other ticket can possibly lure in. Other than that, I agree; there are better VP picks.

Archivarix on March 6, 2012 at 1:47 PM

notropis on March 6, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Give it credit for consistency.
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annoyinglittletwerp on March 6, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Latinos cite education and health care as their top priorities. Perhaps that’s where Obama has won them over

Because they want higher health care costs and they love failing public schools? This doesn’t make much sense. Even the CBO and the other shills for Obamacare now admit that it’s going to make health care costs go up, not down. As for education, Obama has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of the corrupt teachers’ unions for as long as he’s been in politics — and as long as the unions control public education in this country, public education will continue to deteriorate.

Any voter, Latino or otherwise, who cares about things like health care and education should be a committed ABO voter in November.

AZCoyote on March 6, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Ask Ronald Reagan he started the southern white strategy. He should know all about ethnic voting

liberal4life on March 6, 2012 at 1:44 PM

What’s wrong with going after a voting bloc? You imply there was something wrong with it.

darwin on March 6, 2012 at 1:48 PM

“It’s unclear exactly why Latino voters so favor Obama.” — Because they want to much CNN-Español, & Univision…it’s all Left-wing garbage, and spin. So, Latinos who rely on Spanish language media have no clue what Obama has done in reality and to many of those who consume English media are also listening to much to NCLR.

National heritage also makes a difference. As anyone with a Venezuelan or Cuban background…maybe Nicaraguans–They know socialism when they see it. Mexicans, and other South Americans, not so much.

Josue on March 6, 2012 at 1:48 PM

I have a feeling the results would be very different between the two. Most of the hispanic people I know and work with here in Texas are conservative, and didn’t vote for 0 in 2008, much less plan to vote for him this year.

iurockhead on March 6, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Texas will be going blue in 10 years.

For every 1 Caucasian born in Texas, 3 Hispanics are born

liberal4life on March 6, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Clarification, please.

Was that all adult latinos in the survey, or Likely voters (which is to say US citizens who can legally vote)?

I have a feeling the results would be very different between the two. Most of the hispanic people I know and work with here in Texas are conservative, and didn’t vote for 0 in 2008, much less plan to vote for him this year.

iurockhead on March 6, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Clarification, please.
Was that all adult latinos in the survey
iurockhead on March 6, 2012 at 1:49 PM

And were any of then even Americans? (as opposed to “Undocumented Americans”).

whatcat on March 6, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Why because his creepy daddy is going to be the spoiler at the convention unless he is the VP candidate? The VP nominee is supposed provide balance (i.e. appeal to blocs of voters the nominee needs help attracting). What exactly does Rand Paul bring to the ticket except two undistinguished years in the Senate and an annoying racist father?

Happy Nomad on March 6, 2012 at 1:44 PM

I didn’t say I want Rand on the ticket, but given how cozy Mitt and Ron seem it might be likely. I think Romney would put him on the ticket to get the Ron Paul voters.

If Romney wins the nomination I think Newt or Jindal would be better for obvious reasons.

BakerAllie on March 6, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Of the Democratic constituencies, Hispanics can be lured away. Unlike Black, Jews, and the committed left (the brain-dead liberals), Hispanics are not so loyal to the Dems that they can’t be persuaded by the right candidate.

They voted for W in fairly strong numbers. They didn’t vote for McCain in sufficient numbers because McCain was a lousy candidate and Obama was perceived as savvier. It won’t take much to make Obama distasteful to the Hispanic voting block (O is anti-Catholic; he loves abortion and is just fine with infanticide; he’s not credible on immigration reform).

The Dems know this, too. Thus the hit pieces on Rubio, who seems like the likeliest VP candidate. But if another Hispanic looks like a good candidate for VP, you’ll see the hit pieces coming from the Left.

This is why you don’t see hit pieces of this sort on Allen West. Even if he were on the ticket, it’s unlikely that many Blacks would defect from the Dems. Same with a Jewish VP.

Hispanics are the prime target, and you have to ask yourself, How good a job are the Democrats doing in retaining this voting block?

EMD on March 6, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Texas will be going blue in 10 years.

For every 1 Caucasian born in Texas, 3 Hispanics are born

liberal4life on March 6, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Illegals can’t vote.

NotCoach on March 6, 2012 at 1:50 PM

liberal4life, the strategy you are referring to was not started by Reagan.

McDuck on March 6, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Ask Ronald Reagan he started the southern white strategy. He should know all about ethnic voting

liberal4life on March 6, 2012 at 1:44 PM

No, Reagan did not “start” it and there is no evidence that he endorsed it either. Proclaiming support for States Rights is a far stretch in linking him to racism

Good try.

BierManVA on March 6, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Illegals can’t vote.

NotCoach on March 6, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Children of illegals are USA citizens…

liberal4life on March 6, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Florida has a strong enough Republican bench that we can afford “losing” Rubio to the White House.

Though there are some excellent Latino choices for Veep including Susanna Martinez, Brian Sandoval and my pick for most likely unexpected veep: Luis Fortuño, who is finishing his first term as Governor of Puerto Rico.

That could also give the Republicans an optimistic new goal for their platform: the addition of the first new state in over fifty years.

Mister Mets on March 6, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Illegals can’t vote.
NotCoach on March 6, 2012 at 1:50 PM

On that – why do you think liberals are against any form of voter ID verification?

whatcat on March 6, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Children of illegals are USA citizens…

liberal4life on March 6, 2012 at 1:52 PM

And they are less likely to be supportive of illegal entry into the country. Besides, they still can’t vote. The minimum voting age is 18, not 10.

NotCoach on March 6, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Yeah but what about the all important Albanian-American vote?

Akzed on March 6, 2012 at 1:53 PM

liberal4life, the strategy you are referring to was not started by Reagan.

McDuck on March 6, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Nixon began and Reagan finished

liberal4life on March 6, 2012 at 1:54 PM

No, we don’t want Marco Rubio nominated for Vice-President.

He’s ineligible for the job, according to Article 2, Section 1, clause 5 of the Constitution, and according to the 12th Amendment, which says, in part, “. . .no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.”

He’s a former Mormon.

At age 40, he’s got a mortgage, a second mortgage, student loans, and a home equity loan. It’s as if he thinks the American dream means borrowing your way to wealth, or something.

Emperor Norton on March 6, 2012 at 1:54 PM

whatcat on March 6, 2012 at 1:53 PM

To keep election costs down?

NotCoach on March 6, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Texas will be going blue in 10 years.

For every 1 Caucasian born in Texas, 3 Hispanics are born

liberal4life on March 6, 2012 at 1:48 PM

So hispanics want higher unemployment, higher food prices, higher gas prices, higher health care costs and a war on religion?

I’m confused.

darwin on March 6, 2012 at 1:54 PM

I AM SO SICK AND $%T^$%^%$ TIRED OF RACIAL POLITICS. How about we just elect actual Americans without being told I have to be aware of color, race, ethnicity, blah blah blah

clippermiami on March 6, 2012 at 1:54 PM

If Romney wins the nomination I think Newt or Jindal would be better for obvious reasons.

BakerAllie on March 6, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Oh. My. God. Newt-Biden debate. I think I felt a tingle up my leg. On the other hand, Biden will likely pretend to be sick on the debate day. Here, tingle gone.

Archivarix on March 6, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Ask Ronald Reagan he started the southern white strategy. He should know all about ethnic voting

liberal4life on March 6, 2012 at 1:44 PM

You confuse Reagan with Senator Byrd. Must be their color. Those white guys all look the same. Right?

HotAirian on March 6, 2012 at 1:56 PM

As a Latina myself, I would love to see Gov. Susana Martinez from New Mexico. I believe she is a former prosecutor. I think Brian Sandoval would be another good option except he looks like the Latin Mitt Romney. Anyways, not all of us want the DREAM Act – I came here legally. I see the other immigrants who can here legally, not to mention the ones trying to come to this country by following the law. It sickens me to see others break in line and breaking the law. Ok off my soapbox!

Mangofish26 on March 6, 2012 at 1:56 PM

It’s unclear exactly why Latino voters so favor Obama.

seriously????????

F-R-E-E-B-I-E-S.

PappyD61 on March 6, 2012 at 1:28 PM

B-I-N-G-O. This fantasy that the GOP needs to pander to hispanics is just that, a fantasy. Most hispanics are not of the Cuban Rubio mold. Most are adult anchor babies who just want freebies and will vote Democratic every time. That’s why amnesty would be the death knell for the GOP and conservatism. But no one wants to do anything about it because Rs want the cheap labor and Ds want the votes. I’ve said this before, once Texas turns blue, and it will eventually, you’ll always have a Dem in the WH.

TxAnn56 on March 6, 2012 at 1:57 PM

As long as there is NO Macarena at the convention!

tomg51 on March 6, 2012 at 1:58 PM

A gay woman Hispanic, religion undeclared but preferably Episcopalian, and possibly with polio leg-braces plus a devastating speech impediment would be the ideal VP candidate I calculate. If she is actually conservative, it’s a win-win.

/optics

roy_batty on March 6, 2012 at 1:58 PM

So, religeous freedom, and specifically the freedom of the Catholic church to practice their faith as they see fit, is not a concern for hispanics, who are dominantly Catholic? Sounds like they need to get better informed.

iurockhead on March 6, 2012 at 1:59 PM

The Catholic Church supports the DreamACT do you?

liberal4life on March 6, 2012 at 1:59 PM

So, religeous freedom, and specifically the freedom of the Catholic church to practice their faith as they see fit, is not a concern for hispanics, who are dominantly Catholic? Sounds like they need to get better informed.

iurockhead on March 6, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Mangofish26 on March 6, 2012 at 1:56 PM

I’m the grand-daughter of a legal immigrant.
Welcome, sister patriot!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 6, 2012 at 2:00 PM

They said the same thing about Sarah Palin with women voters. But she wasn’t strong enough to drag McCain across the finish line and as a result did damage to herself and the conservative movement. I hope Rubio doesn’t commit political suicide and agree to be VP to a milquetoast like Romney if he ends up being the nominee. The definition of insanity: keep doing the same thing over and over and over again and expect different results. We’d better focus on the Congress. Olympia Snowe’s seat will probably go to a democrat – a wash there anyway. George Allen is in trouble against Kaine because of the 3 stooges running Virginia now. If we don’t get a solid republican majority in Congress and we end up with a Romney presidency, we are SCREWED! The days of conservatives propping up these weak moderates needs to end.

mozalf on March 6, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Children of illegals are USA citizens…

liberal4life on March 6, 2012 at 1:52 PM

They shouldn’t be.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 6, 2012 at 2:01 PM

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