November 13th, 2008
09:31 AM ET
6 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. G.R.I.T. - Girl Raised in the South

    I certainly hope not. As long as the Republican Party allows itself to be co-opted by the religious right, I hope no one goes back to the GOP. For a party that used to stand for smaller government, their failure to support individual liberties due to the invasive influence of the christian right is appalling. Judge not lest ye be judged doesn't seem to ring any bells with these alleged Christians.

    November 13, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. Fernando

    In this particular case the vote went to Obama because Latinos disliked Bush, but the Latino vote will go back to the Republican Party for the following reasons:
    = They are mainly against abortion
    = Most of them came to this country (or their parents did) running away from big governments, high taxes, bad government education systems, terrible government health systems, etc.
    = Most Latinos just want the goverment out of their lives, and to be paid fairly – they do not care about working hard, they do not expect government welfare.
    = Democrats oppose free trade, do not approve FTA with Colombia or other countries.

    November 13, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. Linda32

    no

    November 13, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. JOE KILOZ

    Los Latinos son unos verdaderos pendejos. En vez de apoyar y mostrar
    lealdad al candidato que formulo una reforma migratoria, decidieron saltar con el candidato que algunos leaderes apoyaron de segunda mano, cuando este mismo bien claro dijo durante su campana que la
    reforma migratoria no era muy importante para el.

    Ahora, tienen que comerse su vomito, esta vez bajo el pretexto que la
    economia es lo mas importante, esto de el candidato que siempre dice que el puede hacer varias cosas a la misma vez.

    Pudiera agregar varias otras razones, pero para que, por ahora los pendejos Latinos que votaron como ovejas estan estancados con su nuevo amigito en la Casa Blanca, el cual uno de estos dia, se
    acordara de ustedes.

    Si se puede, ovejas !

    November 13, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. nancy hughes

    The Latinos? McCain was the only real friend they had. Well, Obama will only work with them if there is something in it for him.

    November 13, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. Former Dem

    If repubs will reject their stand on "law and order" and "equality for all" – then they will win back the professional victims.

    Till that time – the dems will maintain a firm grip on the criminals and ignorant and leeches.

    Apparently, America deserves the coming fallout and explosion of the "MISERY INDEX" – and Americans will not stand for the radicals dealing out the MISERY INDEX.

    Americans want their conveniences and luxuries. Liberals will get dealt out when the coming suffering gets to much for the American people.

    November 13, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. Patty

    The GOP already won me! I will never never vote for the Democratic Party.
    They are a bunch of hipocrites,!

    November 13, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. Independent In NY

    Maybe....after they win back the GOP voters.............

    November 13, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. er78

    I am a Hispanic American, and a party who trash my roots. A party which followers are bold anti-immigrant. A party that is insensible to the issues of the people like me. A party who is against the pursue of the American Dream. A party who punish with the excuse of war of terror many immigrants who only have the desire to work, escaping from third world countries and pursuing a better quality of life. That party will never ever get my vote (my ancestor would never rest in peace if I vote republican after all this 8 years demonstration of hate and division).

    And on this boat I can count many people who thinks like me.

    November 13, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. Real American

    The Liberal vitriol and hate never ends and has taken over this site just as their partial prez.

    The hispanics voted, as the seniors, for federal handouts of tax monies – nothing more/nothing less

    When the partial prez cant pay everyone their giveaways – then they will go back to 'GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY" and vote for conservative dems and repubs

    partial prez is jimmy carter2

    November 13, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  11. Steph

    Not if moderates like McCain have to sell their souls to the extreme right of the party. McCain had strong support from Latinos until he started flip flopping to appease the bigots controlling the purse strings.

    November 13, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  12. Kiah G.

    You forgot to add to that list: African Americans, young adults, suburan & rural whites, and pretty much the 65 million voters who weren't ALL Dems that voted for Obama.

    November 13, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  13. W O W WO W

    Let Latinos swallow their own vomit for flocking and voting like sheep
    for their second preference, when Mr. Mccain had been their biggest
    champion, now , immigration reform will have to wait, thanks to the tanned buddy you helped picked for Pres.

    Si se puede, one of these days.......

    November 13, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. TexMex

    As an Independent Hispanic voter, I voted for W Bush in first election and this election I declared Democrat and voted Obama. If the GOP wants to gain Latino vote again they need to talk more than just immigration. And it would be nice if the GOP rallies and convention would be look more diverse. As a minority, it was refreshing to see the Democrat rallies/convention look more like the 'melting pot' of USA. I do not speak for all minorities, but when you see yourself in the crowds you feel like the candiate is talking to you.

    I'm afraid the GOP is the old look of past times.

    November 13, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. Not Mine

    No, unless they decide to vote "FOR THE COUNTRY" and not the money or power

    As long and the voters are voting self interest and victimhood – the repubs are in the wasteland of America haters and the antiAmerican way.

    November 13, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. BS not Maverick

    No

    November 13, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. SENATUS POPOLUSQUE ROMANUS

    ABSOLUTELY.:

    Considering Sarah's "six-pack" fluency in the Spanish language or ......was she speaking........ in English?? :-)

    November 13, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. secondcoming

    go and wither away!

    November 13, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  19. BS not Maverick

    Let me say it in english and in spanish no and NO!

    November 13, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. Truth Hurts

    The GOP are hypocrites. GOP, you can't justify sins. sins are sins. There is no sin bigger or lesser then the other one. I am a Liberal but I don't believe in abortion personally but I will never impose my beliefs on others. We are not God. Abortion is a personal choice between you, your pastor and God!! I don't have the right to decide for others.

    November 13, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. Love My USA/Do You?

    Many Latino's are trueChritian's, and that wil never change. If the Democrats do all they say they are going to do, it won't be only the Latino going back to the Repub. party, that voted for BO in this election.,

    November 13, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. Lori

    The GOP cannot win back to the Latino vote because they are a party filled with a bunch of racists who want nothing more than for blacks to go back Africa and Latinos to go back to Mexico, etc. Unlike the Democrats and Obama who are more inclusive the Republican party only has old white males and some women who are anti-choice for women's reproductive rights, anti-gun control, anti-homosexual, etc. They only stand for what they are against and are never for including others.

    Say goodbye to the GOP. The face of America is changing and diversity is beautiful!!!

    November 13, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. matt

    I doubt they can, if they keep moving to the right like they are.

    People perceive the known notion that the vast majority of the Republican base has ideologies based in xenophobia, homophobia, racism.

    It is the truth, I know first hand.

    I do not think those are the real American values outlined in the Constitution.

    November 13, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. Jack

    Sure the GOP can win back Latino voters all they have to do is be more creative with their lies.

    The GOP is an elitist rich community that will tell all the others what they want to hear for votes and then they will go about the way of greed and corruption.

    November 13, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  25. BS not Maverick

    Let's give them the answer in GA.
    get up and vote for Martin! This will send a clear messege that we intend to get things done and not have Hard line Rep get in the way with fillibusters, not now, not this time!

    November 13, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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