RNC looks to court Hispanic voters
April 16th, 2012
01:51 PM ET
3 years ago

RNC looks to court Hispanic voters

Washington (CNN) – The Republican National Committee on Monday announced the addition of six state directors intended to court Latino and Hispanic voters heading into the general election.

The representatives in the battleground states of Colorado, Florida, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina and Virginia will assume their positions by the end of April and lead get out the vote efforts aimed at reaching the largest growing population in the country.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said backing from the key voting bloc will come if the national party communicates effectively, given what he said were President Barack Obama's failures on the economy, jobs and the DREAM Act.

"I mean he promised the world and he delivered nothing," Priebus said on a conference call with reporters. "If we can deliver facts effectively then we win and that's what our goal is."

Priebus said the state directors will focus on cultivating ground support, which will include absentee and early voting programs, door-to-door efforts and victory centers for Spanish-speaking populations.

RNC Hispanic Outreach Director Bettina Inclan said Hispanic voters have been hit hardest by the "bleak economy" and are therefore looking for "policies to secure the American dream."

The Hispanic population in the United States has long swung Democratic, most recently supporting Obama and Joe Biden in 2008 by a margin of more than two-to-one over the Republican ticket of John McCain and Sarah Palin, 67% to 31%.

However, that is a disparity the Republican Party hopes to combat through their renewed efforts and by pointing to the president's first term in office, most notably the inability to pass immigration reform.

Despite backing from the White House, in 2009 the DREAM Act, which would have provided U.S. residency for immigrant children with high school diplomas, failed in Congress.

Melanie Roussell, spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee, said the RNC and Romney campaign are "playing catch-up in their outreach to Hispanic voters," who she said have heard Romney express "extreme" positions on immigration reform and economic security.

She pointed to Democratic infrastructure, which includes the DNC's senior adviser for Hispanic affairs, who also serves as a senior staff member and heads the DNC Hispanic Affairs team that includes six political and media relations staff.

She added the DNC has an active relationship with the Hispanic Caucus, aided by support from state Democratic parties.


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soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Sean

    We promise we'll deport you and your families in an orderly fashion if you vote for us.

    April 16, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. SUBS 4 VOTES

    "If we can deliver facts effectively then we win and that's what our goal is."
    -------------------------------------------–
    And therein lies the problem. The RNC nor it's candidates running for office are factual. They're a bunch of misleading liars. A prime example is their presidential nominee. He's blatantly spreading misinformation about womens job losses during the recession. As far as the DREAM Act goes, the President attempted to get it passed, but republican obstructionism got in the way of that. Remember just a few years ago during a lame duck session when Sen. Kyl was holding all the President's bills hostage???

    April 16, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. curious

    Talk about voting against your own best interest.

    April 16, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Really? Republicans think that they can persuade hispanics to vote for them? You gotta be Mitten me.

    April 16, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. Voice of Reason

    A few months ago, the GOP candidates were falling over each other in an effort to come up with the most draconian treatment of immigrants. A few gems:
    "Lets make it illegal for them to pay their utility bills!"
    "Lets make it illegal for them to go to school!"
    "Let's make it ok to stop them for any reason and ask to see their papers."
    "Let's make it illegal for state empoyees to speak spanish to them."
    and so on...

    C'mon guys – do you think our memory is REALLY that short??

    April 16, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  6. rs

    Well good luck with that GOP. Just like your "war on women" will blow up on you, so will your thinly veiled "war in Illegals" deny yu the Hispanic vote.

    April 16, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. ST

    These republicans do not know what they are doing. Do they think they are going to hook up Hispanic as if they are hooking fries!!!! They better think again. Hispanic are more cleverer than they think they are.

    April 16, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    "I mean he promised the world and he delivered nothing," Priebus said on a conference call with reporters. "If we can deliver facts effectively then we win and that's what our goal is."
    ************************************************************************************
    Deliver facts effectively? The RNC wouldn't know a fact if it tripped over one, and since they do that every day and keep on their merry way in that haze of un-reality they live in, you know they are already lost. The only fact they will be aware of is how much their anti-Hispanic, anti-woman, anti-everything that's not a white male-campaign will have cost them in November, when they suffer another embarrassing loss. Priebus had better get ready to be the Koch Brother's shoe-shine boy again, if Scott Walker has not already taken that job.

    April 16, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. Larry L

    This isn't fair! Romney always smiles at the cooks, maids, the gardeners, and pool boys. Okay... he doesn't speak but he smiles!

    April 16, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Why don't Mitt Romney court the Latino and Hispanic voters heading into the general election he is if Mexican decent his father was mexcian.The Republican National Committee Priebus said the state directors will focus on cultivating ground support. My My My

    April 16, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    RNC Hispanic Outreach Director Bettina Inclan said Hispanic voters have been hit hardest by the "bleak economy"
    -------------------------------------------------
    Really. You all have got to get your lies, er, lines straight.
    Is it Hispanics that have been hit the hardest?
    Or is it women that have been hit the hardest?
    Whatever.
    You're NOT getting our vote. Get THAT straight.
    You can throw Bobble-head Rubio in the mix if you want to and really seal the losing deal.

    April 16, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. Corporations R. People

    Maybe changing their policies to be more progressive instead of regressive would be a start. Silly Rince Prius.

    April 16, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. Whatever

    Probably should have worked to court those votes before the state GOP ran them out of Alabama and Arizona and then the current GOP presidential candidate started talking about self-deportation.

    April 16, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. Myviewis

    I think Obama can say that he has the vote of the Mexicans because Mexicans tend to be Democrats. Cubans on the other hand because of their experience with Castro most tend to be Republican. And Puerto Ricans, even though they are Americans who consider themselves Latino usally vote Democrat so I would say Obama can count on Puerto Ricans. Latin Americans are so small in numbers that most politicians don't bother to chase after their vote.

    April 16, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. PJ/TX

    Romney told the crowd at his "private" fundraiser they should have their own "Republican Dream Act".
    He also, apparently, said they have to "get the Hispanics to vote for our Party". Again, with the
    Party first, America second, routine.

    April 16, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    "If we can deliver facts effectively then we win and that's what our goal is."
    -------------------–
    How many times have I told you that Republicans regard every loss as a messaging problem? Somehow, the people are not listening, or hearing, what it is that Republicans have to say, or are saying. The possibility that the people can see through the misinformation is not even up for consideration.

    April 16, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. 1twinsfan

    I checked with my Hispanic family members if they'd be willing to vote Republican and once the laughter died down, the most common response was "esta gringa loca!"

    April 16, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. Jerubbaal

    They see the electoral map, 242 for The Prez and 188 for them which leaves 104 EC votes in 9 swing states, all won by the Prez in 08. My Hispanic brothers and sisters won't forget the AZ debate. Romney can't run away from his own words no matter how hard he tries, we won't let him.

    April 16, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    "I mean he promised the world and he delivered nothing," Priebus said on a conference call with reporters
    -------------------------------------------------
    Rinse Twice then Spit knows that the President delivered against incredible obstruction and pocket-pool playing on the part of his team. He delivered us from the the headlong depression that we were spinning into for starters. That's somehing that ALL Americans, whether Latino, White or Black can appreciate. The Dream Act? Stalled but not dead. See Rinse, we Latinos know two things about this President that no amount of bad-mouthing or PAC ads can make us forget: he cares about doing his best for ALL Americans, and unlike the GOP candidates he doesn't insult us while simultaneously shamelessly pandering for our vote.
    Like the song says GOP: " No you never gonna get it. No you're never gonna get it (our vote)".
    Latinos para Obama.

    April 16, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. Ambrose Smith

    Yes. Every 4th year the GOP suddenly cares about Hispanics. Usually around April.

    April 16, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. pm ohio

    All the Obama campaign has to do is cut and paste all of the rhetoric from the GOP nomination process ove rthe past year...The GOP canddiates fell all over themselves to court the ultra-conservatives by bashing women, minorities and non-Christians and politicizing women's health care and education. The fact is that the GOP would try again to stuff "trickle-down" economics down our throats and make everyone think the shape of Wall St. is the same s the shape of the economy. The rich want to take, take and take some more on the backs of the middle class, if there is one anymore. Mittens Romney only cares about Hispanics, if he notices his yard is over-grown, or if one of his advisors tells him he needs to woo thier vote. Rich people like Mitt need to be told how it is in the real America 99/99% of the rest of us live in. I hope people tell him at the polls in November.

    April 16, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. Paul1st

    The RNC wants to woo Hispanic voters by saying [Obama] promised the world and delivered nothing. That really does not talk about what the RNC would do for[to] Hispanics. If the primaries are any indication, that would be to strip Hispanic citizens of their civil rights and to enforce mass deportations of Hispanic non-citizens. Of course, this strategy would once and for all eliminate the Hispanic demographic in the electoral equation.

    April 16, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. pm ohio

    MOM! Etch-a-sketch is flip-flopping again! Would be funnny to see Obama look down at Romney's pants during the 1st debate and say, "just checking to see if your paants are on fire..."

    April 16, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. pm ohio

    PS: Liberals...don't assume America isn't stupid enough to elect Mittens the Clown...we elected Bush twice, for goodness sakes. Be vigilant and support Obama for 4 more years.

    April 16, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. george of the jungle

    And they plan to do what for the dream act? Maybe they will give away free tacos. Like mitts sub sanwiches. I think most hispanic voters are smarter than the repos think,. Obama 2012

    April 16, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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