Perception or reality: Why GOP still can't persuade enough blacks to join the party
January 25th, 2012
11:18 AM ET
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Perception or reality: Why GOP still can't persuade enough blacks to join the party

Washington (CNN) – At a forum this week focused on recruiting more black Republicans, the message was clear: "We have a sales and marketing problem."

A dozen panelists, including South Carolina Rep. Tim Scott, echoed the sentiment: Amplifying the voice of the black conservative movement has been an uphill climb.

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The GOP alienates blacks, Hispanics, gays, seniors, students, veterans, private sector workers, government workers, union workers, poor, women, and those without health care. And the GObPers wonder why the support for them from these groups is luke warm.

    January 25, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    until they (the GOP) and their sheep stop using buzz words and policy to make it out that minorities are only interested in hand-outs and are lazy, etc, forget it. Add to that the fact that almost every state that had institutionilized slavery and still cling to their "rebel heritage" by flying the Stars and Bars in public areas as an obvious uncaring slight to blacks votes GOP 80% or more of the time

    January 25, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. ContrastandCompare

    @Wire Palladin S. F.

    Pretty much just leaves us White Good Old Boys.

    How backward are you? It is the 21st century.

    Guess we have isolated the problem. San Fran doesn't lead the cultural changes anymore in America.

    Grow up.

    January 25, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. Larry in Houston

    Why the GOP still can't persuade enough non-whites to join the Party ?? LOL – - answer: the gop is like a dying dinosaur – All the Republicans that I talk to – really Hates to be "labeled" republican – They will tell you, " I want to be considered as a "Conservative" not as a republican. In other words : they really don't like to be called "republicans" they rather be called "conservatives"

    January 25, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  5. Hammerer

    The Gop can not get black voters because they do not understand "fair". Fair is tax Americans that work so that the entitlement crowd can receive foodstamps, housing assistance, and all of the handouts while complaining that the rich are not taxed at the same rate that they are.
    But wait they pay zero taxes. And that is not class warfare?

    January 25, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. steve a,nb,texas

    " Persuade more blacks to join the republican party "....heck, they can't even keep there own whites from defecting...I'm one of them, ex-republican that is. Just for the heck of it ...does anyone out there besides me remember how good life was before G W Bush? ?

    January 25, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. stars

    Black ppl is not dumb nor stupid they know that that the white repug dont give a damn about them or anyone that is not white.

    January 25, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    At a forum this week focused on recruiting more black Republicans, the message was clear: "We have a sales and marketing problem."
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    How many times have I told you that conservatives think that the solution to every bad poll is indicative of a messaging problem? It is amazing how simple and closed minded that they can be. They remind me of the old saying about when the only tool you own and know how to use is a hammer, then every problem needs a hammer to fix it.

    The problem isn't messaging. It should be blatantly obvious why black voters are turn away from the Republicans Party, but for some reason black conservatives are totally blind to it. And Herman Cain said the Democratic Party has brainwashed black voters. I think it is the other way around. Black conservatives have been brainwashed by the Republcan Party, and the only black voters who demonstrate sentience almost always vote Democratic.

    January 25, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. Lost in Texas FOREVER and EVER

    one thing is that the GOP really doesn't seek the Black vote. You think Santorum, Romney, or Paul would go to the "hood" and campiagn? At least Newt admitted he would go to the NAACP convention if invited. John Mccain did in 2008 and I respect him for that, yet Sarah Palin NEVER did. I get the impression that many Republicans think that black people all want handouts and free stuff and that is not true. In fact the African American lifestyle to a certain extent is actually conservative. The church is big in most communities, family is important, and more blacks want to work and better themselves to make a living that to get food stamps and welfare. In fact even some of the working poor work 2 or more low paying jobs to help make ends meet. The GOP has always said that Democrats take the black vote for granted, might be true in some cases but the GOP needs to come to those areas and try to get that vote. They don't seem interested and when you have some of the junk Newt, Santorum and the like sof Rush Limbaugh saying that doesn't help.

    January 25, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. Former Republican, now an Independent

    This shows just exactly how detached the current day republican party is from the American voter. They believe they have a "sales and marketing" problem, when reality clearly shows, they have a product problem of failed policies and a history of protecting their rich contributors who have bought them.

    January 25, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Lost in Texas wrote:

    At least Newt admitted he would go to the NAACP convention if invited. John Mccain did in 2008 and I respect him for that, yet Sarah Palin NEVER did.
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    I am not aware of Palin ever being invited. The main reason McCain attended in 2008 was to apologize for his vehemnt opposition to the MLK federal holiday. McCain was the Republican front runner at the time. Due to his position as House Speaker, he has been invited in the past and has never attended. Newt Gingrich's claim that he would go if he were invited is pure beef bologna.

    January 25, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. Fair is Fair

    Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The GOP alienates blacks, Hispanics, gays, seniors, students, veterans, private sector workers, government workers, union workers, poor, women, and those without health care.
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    Gee, Wire... where were all those people during the November 2010 shellacking? Did they decide not to vote? Not a reliable base??

    January 25, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. vic , nashville ,tn

    Honest answer is Republicans doesn’t want Black, Latino, minority, gay, poor, women, middle class votes they don’t want to alienate their base

    January 25, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. mom4hope

    The GOP shows hate for everyone, so I don't know why anyone would vote for them. They disrespect and dislike, Black, Latinos, Asians, and any other people of color. The GOP also persecute women, gay people, and anyone who is not evangelical. Heck, most of them will not be able to vote for Romney because he is Mormon. But then that sociopath Gingrich is not a Protestant, so they are really up a tree trying to figure out who they hate less. Mormons or Catholics. Let's not forget they can't stomach the poor or unhealthy (let them die) they yell at their debates. Until they stop trying to look down on everyone to prop up their obvious low self esteem, they will increasingly fade away.

    January 25, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. sarah from Dumfries VA

    The reason is the Republican TeaParty is a rascist & evil party,they formed that their teaparty against Obama,i just hate that party but you know Obama will be re-elected

    January 25, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. The Greedy Old PIgs have declared class war on US!

    NO, it is not at all a "sales and marketing problem" (though that thought is about par for the course for the clueless deathcult followers in the GOBP). No, your problem quite clearly is your policies and your continuous refusal to repudiate the racists in your party. In fact, it is probably because you couldn't get elected dogcatcher without the racist vote that leaves your flaccid field of candidates angling for votes in small racists corners of America. It is the only place you have any support.

    January 25, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    "The Gop can not get black voters because they do not understand "fair"."

    Along with falling into your typical extreme rightwing "insult the voters you want to attract" stupidity, you seriously believe that a group that has been a victim of institutionalized unfairness for years has no idea what is "fair"? Look in the mirror, dude.

    January 25, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. Bill, NY

    Why would I want to join a party where the members look at me like the proverbial turd in the punchbowl?

    January 25, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. FM

    GOP can not even attempt to give it a try. With all name calling: food stamp dependants; brain-washed; lazy and one can still think of persuading blacks. Forget it!

    January 25, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. GonzoinHouston

    They don't have a perception problem, they have a reality problem. I don't think republicans are as racist as they are often accused of being. What they really hate is democrats, and since minorities tend to vote democrat, republicans tend to support policies that are unpopular among the minorities. Watts and Rubio are proof that Republicans really like minority conservatives, as long as they toe the party line.

    January 25, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  21. CV

    The Republican Party will become a dying party if they don’t start changing their tune on policies and issues that affect minorities. America is a melting pot and they cannot rely on their base that consists of mostly whites in the future. It’s inevitable that whites in America will become a minority.

    January 25, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. SiriusVH

    It could be that not all Blacks see belonging to the GOP as a sign of 'respectability' and social ascendance. After all, what appeal do ethically-challenged crooks like Gingrich, social Darwinists like Paul, Christian talibans like Santorum and leveraged buyout experts like Romney have for Black voters?

    January 25, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. Fair is Fair

    "It’s inevitable that whites in America will become a minority."
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    Well, yes... that is a fact. What is the minority community doing in preparation to prepare for this inevitablity?

    January 25, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |