GOP tweets en Español
February 12th, 2013
09:48 AM ET
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GOP tweets en Español

(CNN) – As the GOP continues its renewed engagement of the Latino community, the House Republican Conference will use a new Twitter handle Tuesday: @GOPespanol.

The Spanish-language Twitter feed, launched Monday, will be active Tuesday night as part of the Republican Party's response to the president's State of the Union address.

As of Tuesday morning, the account had about 120 followers and a total of five tweets.

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida will deliver the official GOP response–both in English and Spanish–Tuesday night. It will mark the first time the party has broadcast its response in a second language.

After the GOP captured only a small minority of Latinos in the November elections, the party has boosted its efforts to reach out to the community, particularly by changing the party's tone on immigration and pushing reform proposals.

Chief among the proponents of immigration reform is Rubio, himself, named recently as the "Republican Savior" by Time Magazine.

Democrats are quick to paint the new outreach efforts as nothing but a political ploy to appear more inclusive and win elections.

"You can't put lipstick on a pig," Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on a conference call Monday, prebutting Tuesday night's Republican response to the State of the Union address.

The Democratic National Committee chairwoman said Republicans will fail in their efforts because they're not changing their policies, only their messaging.

"They've seen the aftermath of the election, with the top to bottom review, and they don't think there's anything wrong with their polices, they just think they have to package them better," she said.

– CNN's Jim Acosta, Kevin Liptak and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Do you think these idiotic shenanigans will work???? They better try in Italian, Hindi, Telugu and other thousand languages. Idiots.

    February 12, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. Larry L

    This is a good way for the Koch brothers and their friends to advertise for future cooks, maids, pool boys, gardeners, etc.

    Republicans must understand... Just developing better marketing isn't the same as changing your core values to embrace tolerance, fairness, compassion, and appreciation of diversity. What percentage of the right-wing base can actually make that transition?

    February 12, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. rs

    Saying "self-deport" or "takers" in Spanish won't make the message more friendly.

    February 12, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. lottie

    Gee the Spanish people should be honored to see the republicans speaking Spanish. Give us all a break now they are pandering for the Spanish vote. Bunch of hippocrates. And Rubio is the biggest of all Now it takes two speache's the GOP and the tea party to rebut the state of the union. . Lets look at the state of the repo party and all its crazies.

    February 12, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    I am sure that most Americans have noticed that the "GOP minority outreach" does not include all minorities.

    February 12, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. Boo

    The GOP is so clueless..do they think the Latinos in this country are that ignorant to fall for the GOP's pandering?

    February 12, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. MrBeenThere

    Oh yes..... GOP didn't get there vote last time because they didn't talk to them in there own language................

    February 12, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. RR

    The GOP'ers think that Latinos can't think. Do they really believe this will help them win future elections? The GOP have one problem, their platform still stinks.

    February 12, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. Sniffit

    "Saying "self-deport" or "takers" in Spanish won't make the message more friendly."

    well, they're probably slightly..but only slightly...more clever than that. I imagine they wil resort to trying to split the Hispanic vote by attempting to sow resentment among those who came here legally towards those who came here illegally. Divide and conquer is the GOP/Teatroll bread and butter...just look at the "southern strategy." Prepare for lines of garbage such as "and here you are, honest, hardworking, obeying all the rules, and Obama and the Dems want to let all these people cut in front of you in line....."

    February 12, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. Sniffit

    "do they think the Latinos in this country are that ignorant to fall for the GOP's pandering?"

    Yes.

    Next question.

    February 12, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. Karl Rove Wannabe

    The GOP will always accept minorities (on a limited basis) but three simple rules apply. 1. Be "white-like" in every way. 2. Don't get uppity. 3. Get "your people" to vote Republican.

    February 12, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  12. Joi Gibson

    Some folks may fall for this but they should be careful. This a cynical political ploy. If, and that is a big if, they make inroads with the Hispanic community, the Republicans will only turn on them, as they do with everything. Remember the healthcare debate way back – keep the guvment out of our healthcare, keep the guvment out of my SS and Medicare. Then, as soon as they get in office, the first thing the Republicans go after is SS, Medicare, and women's medical decisions concerning their own bodies – not to mention the horrific and insensitive comments Republicans make about Hispanics.

    February 12, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  13. freedom

    Smart move. Communication is key.

    February 12, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I am sure that most Americans have noticed that the "GOP minority outreach" does not include all minorities."

    GOP condescension is absolutely breathtaking.

    February 12, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. Ancient Texan

    lottie- "pandering for the Spanish vote" . That was exactly what Obama did with his royal decree, enacting "the dream act " before the election. And that was after stating that he could not legally do that in prior appearances before hispanics.

    February 12, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. Wake up People!

    Once again, thank you GOP. I knew your weren't planning to change because you can't. It's just how you are. Since you lost the hispanic vote, now you are using your token hispanic to try and lure them in. How stupid your party is. You actually believe your own rhetoric. Hispanics nor blacks are dumb enough to fall for your tricks, deep down we know how you really feel. You just want our vote. What's next start passing out watermelon and fried chicken in the black neighborhoods?? Start talking ebonics??? Sagging Jeans?

    February 12, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  17. Guest

    Because the ignorant left doesnt mind citizens bearing the burden of illegal immigration or the fact that federal laws are just that LAW, doesnt mean the rest of the country does. Mi casa no es su casa! Apply for legal immigation or get lost!

    February 12, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |