November 13th, 2008
09:31 AM ET
5 years ago

Can the GOP win back Latino voters?

A new voter registers at a Democratic Party booth in September in Denver, Colorado.
A new voter registers at a Democratic Party booth in September in Denver, Colorado.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Si se puede.

Translation: Yes we can.

It was a common phrase used by Barack Obama and John McCain on the campaign trail this year as they tried to increase their outreach to Latino voters - an influential voting bloc.

But clearly, based on exit polling, those voters overwhelmingly said 'si se puede' for the Illinois senator. Latinos supported Obama 67 percent to 30 percent for McCain.

Obama did well with Latinos because they appear to disapprove of President Bush's job performance more than the rest of the country, said Bill Schneider, CNN senior political analyst.

About 80 percent of Latinos gave Bush negative marks, while 72 percent of all Americans do, exit polling showed.

The question remains: Did Latinos flock to Obama's message of change or did they simply leave the beleaguered Republican Party?

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain • Latinos
soundoff (161 Responses)
  1. Noah

    Yes. John McCain was the single biggest voice for Latinos in the Senate and they sadly turned their backs on him just because they wanted to vote for another minority. How else can you explain it? McCAin was a champion of immigration reform.

    November 13, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. RealityKing

    Of course they can, Obama's jobless administration will drive them right back to them...

    November 13, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  3. KC

    They vote as they are told by uninformed peers and others. They definitely didn't vote as the Pope told them to.....they better be saying their Hail Mary's because abortion is a sin and they voted for it. By the way, McCain had a better plan for immigration.....they were just too uninformed to realize that fact.

    November 13, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  4. Ryan in Omaha

    No, the GOP made it clear that they do not want Latinos. Unless they are self loathing they will stay away from that party.

    November 13, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. Shari, NY

    CNN Question: "Did Latinos flock to Obama's message of change or did they simply leave the beleaguered Republican Party"?

    My presumptous answer: BOTH

    November 13, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    It is going to be a very, very, long time before the GOP wins back "anything."

    November 13, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. Turn Texas BLUE

    OH THATS A SIMPLE QUESTION .................... NO! the rep. need a reality check and i think they are losing the latino votes, and the young votes, and.............well they never really had the african american votes so, that just about sums everything up!!!!

    THEY ARE SINKING! down they go!!!!!!!!!!!! TIMBER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 13, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. Barbara in NC

    EVERYONE is running from the hypocritical far-right, rule-by-force, republican party. It's about time moderate people keep the far left and far right away from DC.

    November 13, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  9. Bridgette-PA

    The GOP would never win the Latino, AA or a lot of White voters as long as they run DIVISIVE CAMPAIGNS, BASHING THEIR OPPONENTS' CHARACTERS INSTEAD OF RUNNING "ON THE ISSUES" THAT AMERICANS CARE ABOUT MOST.......they should, from now on, remember what happened just 9 days ago!

    YES WE DID!

    November 13, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  10. facts are facts

    Unless the GOP can come to their senses and understand their policies and rhetoric no longer applies to today's issues then they are doomed regardless of what types of voters they are trying to attract.

    They will have to ditch the Evangelicals as they are regarded as the agents of intolerance to the younger generation who have not been brainwashed by their parents.

    If the GOP doesn't recognize time for a change also means not only in government but also in politics then they are doomed.

    November 13, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. Anne, FL

    The Obama Administration wants to include everyone. He wants to open the doors for a latino president someday, which will also be wonderful. No matter how you slice it, the Democratic tent is MUCH BIGGER than the GOP tent. The GOP preaches tolerance and practices intolerance.

    Based on the crowds that Barack Obama draws, I think the American people have figured that out.

    November 13, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  12. wiscon

    Could it have been the false ads that Obama ran in spanish that Obama ran during the election? I'm sure that had something to do with it.

    November 13, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. Tom in Delaware

    Not if Obama grants the 13 milion illegal aliens citizenship, let alone drivers licenses.

    Then, despite that fact that 87% of the population wants to make English out official language, we can all learn Spanish instead...just like the Home Depot...great.

    November 13, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. LOL

    If Sarah Palin is the new face of the GOP, then the GOP is doomed as far as Latinos. She's illiterate and plain stupid, and Latinos are not dumb.

    November 13, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. Chrissy, Texas

    I used to vote democrat but this election I voted Republican. What the republican party needs to do is go out there and reach to minorities and not only tell them but show them that hard work does pay off. Not to fall into this "victim" mentality and that they are not racists like democrats portray them. I learned alot about the party I used to be, and it was not pretty. God bless America!

    November 13, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  16. Randy, San Francisco

    A picture of the GOP convention expalins everything, a sea of white faces. The lack of diversity belies the claim of a big tent. The GOP will remain a minority party that is intolerant of minorities, intellectuals, immigrants, gays, and the poor. Just look back on all the buzz and code words used in the election to ellicit fear and hate. As long as the extreme right wing cultural warriors continue to hold sway, the GOP will remain a losing brand to all ethnic groups including Latinos.

    November 13, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  17. Christine CT

    No. Not with the platforms they have concerning immigration, border security, less funding for entitlement programs, healthcare, far-right, neoconservative ideals that denounce anyone who is not white or male.

    November 13, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. Hope Won

    Not until the GOP creates another lie they can use for the next 20 years. They've been living off of the trickle down theory lie since Ronald Reagan. Now they have to come up with another lie that will last 20 years. Those cads were desperate when Barack was winning, calling him a Communist, racist, socialist, and every other name in the book. When that didn't work they said, "Oh, it must be the economy". Wrong, people were just sick and tired of their lies.

    I saw Rick Warren on Hannity and Colmes and he looked so depressed. He never smiled. He's so disgusted that McCain didn't win and that his Civic Forum Fiasco didn't change anyone's mind. LOL. I'm glad because it was rigged anyway.

    November 13, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    The GOP can win back Latinos the same way they can win back any bunch of disaffected former Republicans: Go back to being Republicans! Get rid of the warmongering, intolerant, bigots who stole the party. Go back to philosophies of fiscal responsibility and keeping government out of everyone's lives and off of everyone's backs.

    November 13, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. S. Boatman Warrensburg, Mo.

    No . . . The Republican Party Wont Be Winning Anything Until They Become Inclusive And Not Divisive!

    November 13, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. clean up washington

    May be. Likely in the near future? No. Why? The GOP makes all minorities terrified when they recruit leaders who are insensitive to issues that affect Latinos and other minorities. Also, at their convention, did that convention look diverse? No. So how can they wish for something they are not attracting. Even high school kids know to appeal to anyone for a date you must try to look appealing. There is no appeal and no attraction coming from the party of old tired narrow ideas.

    November 13, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  22. NYer

    Yes, the GOP can get them back. They went for BARRY for the same reason 65 million other did... bad economy and hatred for Bush.

    LATIONOS are NOT LOYAL to BARRY!!!

    They are just ticked off like everyone else !!!!

    November 13, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  23. S. Boatman Warrensburg, Mo.

    Not Until They Become More Inclusive And Less Divisive!

    November 13, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. Phil, Ashburn, VA

    Repubs cannot win back or get Latino's, AA, Women, young voters or highly educated voters.

    November 13, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  25. NR

    The answer is simple. It's not only the latino vote but also the young voter, AA votes, other minorities and good percentage of moderate/liberal white votes as well. I don't know what were they thinking when they isolated themselves from all these groups. They are just shrinking their base acting like a KKK party. Recent news on GOP shows they just don't get it. They are likely to continue in the same downword path their choose. By the time Obama finishes his first term and more likely the second term, a new generation of voters will come into the political world who are less inclined towards these right wing extremists stuff propogated by GOP and FIX news. So, here is a choice for GOP. Either become more inclusive, diversified and tolerant or shrink the base further and loose more states in the south. They cannot talk about pro-life while supporting killing of innocent women and children in Iraq for no reason.

    November 13, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
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