Hispanic Leadership Network to co-sponsor CNN debate in Florida
December 16th, 2011
05:57 PM ET
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Hispanic Leadership Network to co-sponsor CNN debate in Florida

(CNN) - The Hispanic Leadership Network announced Friday it will join CNN, CNN en Español, and The Republican Party of Florida as a co-sponsor for the Republican Presidential Debate set for Jan. 26 in Jacksonville, Florida.

"Hispanics and Republicans naturally share many of the same core values," former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who serves as the HLN Conference Co-Chair, said in a statement. "This debate is an opportunity for Hispanic voters to hear from the candidates on the issues that will shape the future of our country."

HLN is an advocacy action group that works with Hispanic communities and promotes center-right policies based on the principles of freedom and limited government.

The televised debate will kick off the group's two-day "Inspiring Action" conference in Miami, which will serve as CNN's main remote location. The conference, to be held just days before Florida's primary on Jan. 31, will aim to explore the role of Florida's Hispanic communities in 2012.

HLN's executive director Jennifer Sevilla-Korn said the group looks forward to partnering with CNN and The Republican Party of Florida.

"With over 4.2 million Hispanic Americans in the state, many are acutely concerned with the candidates' positions on center-right issues of importance to the community," she said. "Co-hosting this debate as part of our 'Inspiring Action' Conference will provide the Hispanic community a direct line to the presidential hopefuls on center-right issues."


Filed under: 2012 • Hispanic Leadership Network • Jeb Bush
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    OK, how do you say ENOUGH in Spanish???!!! NO MAS, NO MAS???!!!!

    December 16, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Will Sheriff Joe Arpaio be there as a special guest to talk about how much Republicans truly love Hispanics? I was under the impression he was their lead spokeperson and liaison with the Hispanic community.

    December 16, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  3. Texas Doc

    Tha's funny, the GOTea party (Sherrif Nazi Joe Aripo's Party) HATES Latinos. Just look at the Presidential candidates flip flops & contortions on immigration. It will be like Nazis explaining to Jews why it is neccessary to take the hateful, racist stances they take, because it is what the white people want, and you would want to...if you were white.

    December 16, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  4. steven harnack

    The Hispanic Leadership Network is co-chaired by two Anglos? Are you sure that it's not the We Tell Hispanics What To Do Network?

    December 16, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  5. Former Republican, now an Independent

    The republican party has no interest in Hispanic issues, but will bait them to get their vote, just as they have done to Evangelical Christians for years. As an Evangelical Christian, I can tell you that the minute the election is over, the republican party will drop both groups like they are yesterday's garbage,

    December 16, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  6. once upon a horse

    yep this will help assure that GOP will get the Hispanic vote. (LOL) Maybe the NAACP or the Urban League should sponser a debate as well.

    December 16, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  7. cisco4

    yEAH SURE.. ask the republicans if its being conservatiive is spending money on farm subsidies to farmers In Iowa for instance who are worth tons of money as well ..just for raising soy beans and corn.. They like being socialized farmers and sucking up the money .. Hey Republicans .. are you conservative really? What a joke this country is..

    December 16, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  8. JWR

    This is going to be interesting to see how the Republicans will deny what they had previously said regarding immigration, education, health care and other issues that affect the 99% and in particular the over 148 million lower income families. In reality; this will be classic flip-flopping and hyprocrisy at its best!

    December 16, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    Core values - maybe - but Hispanics want freedom and opportunity like the rest of us - the liberals that believe republicans should NOT dictate every thing in our lives, like religion, child-birth, education, work.

    NO More BUSHES EVER.

    December 16, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  10. SoSad

    Why in Florida, to pander to the Cubans, who are minority La Raza. Invite Rubio the coconut!

    December 16, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  11. Thomas

    Lift the travel ban to Cuba !

    The Israelis are doing business in Cuba , yet we cant .

    December 16, 2011 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  12. manhandler

    Hispancs and Republicans share many of the same core values???? I think not, Do these include the core value of demonizing Hispanic immigrants for political gain? Republicans have been at the forefront of THAT core value.

    December 16, 2011 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  13. Rick

    There's only two reasons the Florida Cuban community is Republican: they hate JFK because he did not bomb Cuba during the Bay of Pigs fiasco, and they hate Janet Reno for sending the Gonzalez kid back to his father in Cuba. They just don't realize that if it wasn't for Democrats most of them would have never been out of Cuba; would not have welfare, medicare, social security or unemplyment benefits when needed. On top of that their taxes would be higher so they can make up for the wealthy paying less taxes. Over the last 25 years the income of the top 1% has increased by 400% while the income of 50% of the people in the country has gone down 30% (when adjusted to todays dollars). So go ahead morons, vote Republican and if you think the economy is bad today, you will refer to this as the good old days in another 4-6 years!

    December 16, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  14. Stephen in VA

    As Alabama and Arizona have proven: All you brown-skinned people, the Republican party wants you! (as long as you carry your papers on you at all times)

    December 16, 2011 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  15. smum

    This is not a legitimate hispanic organization representing the interests of all Hispanics. It is just a "little havana" organization representing the cuban, anti-castro, generation. Hope Hispanics overall don't fall for this lie.

    December 16, 2011 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  16. carlos

    the repugnant presidential hopefuls should be debating in a pig sty so the hogs will be given a chance to get a last laugh, hehehehe

    December 16, 2011 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  17. Moelen

    "Hispanics and Republicans naturally share many of the same core values" according to Jeb Bush? Hard for me to believe. The Hispanic community as a whole knows better than to trust Republicans/Tbags. This debate should be entertaining to watch, just like the Republican/Tbag clowns debates. What will the Republicans/Tbags come up with next? This is just too funny. All of a sudden Republicans/Tbags are trying to appeal to minorites/middle class (what is left of it), and the poor? Republicans/Tbags have no shame.

    December 17, 2011 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  18. Donkey Party

    What a joke. Hispanics will never vote for any Republican, certainly not after they have witnessed the positions of the GOP-baggers on immigration.

    December 17, 2011 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  19. skarphace

    Jeb Bush: "Hispanics and Republicans naturally share many of the same core values."

    Er .. I think he left out a word there. "Wealthy Hispanics and Republicans naturally share many of the same core values," is what I believe he meant to say.

    December 17, 2011 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  20. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Amnesty won't fly in that room so the Network can forget it.

    December 17, 2011 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  21. Anonymous

    Jeb Bush is already trying to position himself as the dark horse candidate to step in late and unite his family's deathcult. There are already phone polls being done about a Jeb Bush run. To which all sane Americans should reply "not a chance."

    December 17, 2011 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  22. af

    Only rich spanish people should consider themselve as Republicans, but we as middle class spanish we see clearly that democrats are willing to help the middle class while republican saying NO.

    December 17, 2011 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  23. Marie MD

    Great, because they did such a good job electing their last rethug governor.
    Wake up Florida. The teapublikans don't care about medicare or medicaid or the poor, middle class and seniors!! Lost of them in Florida!

    December 17, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  24. Namejkane

    Some of their core values like kicking off of soc sec Medicare , medicad, food stamps your mom and dad and deporting you and your families, can you exsplain that to me?????

    December 17, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |