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. Lynda/Minnesota

    "If we can deliver facts effectively then we win and that's what our goal is."

    Correction: "If we can deliver our lies effectively then we win and that is what or goal has always been ... [ to lie ]."

    April 16, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    "If we can deliver facts effectively then we win and that's what our goal is."
    -------------------------------------------------
    Facts tend to effectively state themselves.
    Did you mean if you "twist" the facts to make them effectively work fo you? Is that what you meant Rinse Twice then Spit?

    April 16, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. B

    Just flip the Etch a Sketch again guys and NOW they are interested in Hispanics and their Vote.....

    The Republicans and Romney- Robot in particular, of of a sudden trying to appeal to Women and Hispanics,
    Bet yah ten thousand it doesn’t work !

    They absolutely do not GET IT.

    April 16, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. MaryM

    RNC/GOP just like your attacks on women with all the anti-women legislation in the states, RNC/GOP you did the SAME THING to the hispanic voters in the STATES. RNC/GOP YOUR ACTIONS SPEAKS LOUDER THAN YOUR WORDS.
    Bye bye RNC/GOP

    April 16, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. Al-NY,NY

    Court this Rience. Don't waste your time. Women (except the Stepford wives) and hispanics (except the Cuban vote) will NOT turn out for you in November. It's best you just left it alone and went after one of your more reliable voting blocs. The anti-anything-but white-christian crowd. Their always good for some votes

    April 16, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. Texas Doc

    How do you even start? Its like the Nazis trying to court Jews: "Its cool we don't hate you anymore. Are we OK now?"

    April 16, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

    "If we can deliver facts effectively then we win and that's what our goal is."

    The sad thing about all of this is that the faithful – who actually BELIEVE the misinformation put out by the right – still think that they have their best interests at heart. Their goal is to win! They will do whatever it takes to make that happen and have Obama be a single-term President. Never in my aging years do I remember an election year as divisive and vitriolic as this. The hype from the right exceeds anything I have ever seen. They have no platform, no candidate and no chance, yet they are trying to court the Hispanic vote. Dream on Prince.

    April 16, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. Jim Hahn

    The reason that immigration reform hasn't passed is because Republicans won't vote for it. That will be a hard sell to Hispanics. Sure, vote for the people who hate you. See where it got them in Arizona and Alabama.

    April 16, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  9. Pete

    There we go again,IF WE DELIVER FACTS EFFECTIVELY,but that's where the problems lie.They have never delivered anything right,if they were a pizza delivery business,they'd be out of business,that's it...They try to pander to women,screwed up there,big time,tryed pandering to seniors,then they try cutting Medicare,Medicaid,tell kids school educations are good,but want kids to work with janitors,everything they come up with,they themselves denounce.Is that something inherent with republicans,because it always brings the best part out of them,the hypocritical,flipflopping part.So Mr.Priebus,the elustreous republican chairman,I wonder what you possibly have in your book of political trickery,one that won't backfire,ones that's not so contradictive politically,one that doesn't say I told ya so,come on throw us a curve ball,try acting intelligent just once,if ya can...The Hispanic community knows your book,so do the rest of us and do us a big favor,try back with some new material in like,ugh,2016,2020,by then maybe we'd had forgotten those stupid tricks of yours....

    April 16, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. The Unsub

    goog luck with that!

    April 16, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. Marty, FL

    Just as Priebus was wrong to compare American women to caterpillars, the RNC is also wrong to have a candidate in Mitt Romney who campaigns against the Hispanic community promising to veto the DREAM Act. No gracias.

    President Obama still supports the DREAM Act for our Hispanic communities along with the right members in Congress to pass it. Si se puede!

    April 16, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. Sorensen

    Here we go again. Prairiebus is about to create yet another disaster for the GOP.
    Do they really think that hispanics are ever going to vote for that pack of out of touch liars, ever?
    One "speech" from Romney, and it is all over. As it well should be.

    April 16, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  13. Blake

    With their gestapo-like immigration policies, the Tea/Republicans can expect as much support from Lationos/Hispanics as the Pope could from Osama bin Laden.

    April 16, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    AI-NY,NY:
    Your post was painfully truthful.

    April 16, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  15. Kevin

    Reince Priebus stand for RNC PR BS.

    April 16, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    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!"
    -------------------------------------------------
    Good one!!

    April 16, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. Steven Colo

    So after beating someone to a bloody pulp for years, how do you get him to vote for you? An outreach program!

    April 16, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. Jamie from Riverside

    Good luck with that and hope nobody brings up the issue of immigration. Can you get the nutjob governors from Texas and Arizona to disappear from now until the election?

    April 16, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. Bill

    Too little, too late, Rinse. Nice try.

    April 16, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    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.
    ------------–
    Question: What is missing from that picutre?
    Answer: Voter registration.

    April 16, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. kayla

    it did not work with stupid sarah to get the women vote, and it will not work with any hispanic vp to get the latinos.
    LATINOS FOR OBAMA

    April 16, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    I suppose this is GOP community organizing: demonize, then ask for their money and their vote. In the meantime, think of all the effort they've put into protecting their millionaire "victims".

    April 16, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  23. Arun

    What a joke. They want to court the people they deem to be unamerican!! Next they will want to court gays and lesbians!!

    April 16, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Question: What is missing from that picutre?
    Answer: Voter registration.
    -----------–
    Republicans are not looking to win over new voters. They are looking to erode Pres. Obama's voter base of support.

    April 16, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  25. Natalie

    Stay tuned, Mittens will soon be visiting Mexican restaurants to claim that it's his favorite cuisine.

    April 16, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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