Skip to comments.GOP Promotes Rubio Even Though He is Less Popular With Hispanics Than Bush
Posted on 04/13/2013 3:13:17 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Sen. Marco Rubios approval rating is six points lower with Hispanics than George W. Bushs, so the Republican Party thinks it is a great idea to put him on all 5 Sunday shows.
The Republican rebrand strategy is centered around making Sen. Marco Rubio the face of immigration reform. The problem is that Hispanics arent flocking to the Florida Republican. A new poll from NBC News/WSJ/Telemundo found that despite months of efforts to elevate Rubio, the senators approval rating with Hispanics is 23%. Twenty five percent of those polled were neutral, 12% had a negative opinion, and 40% didnt know him. On the surface, these numbers dont seem all that bad. The fact that Rubio is a relative unknown could provide upside for his approval.
Republicans might be feeling good about Rubio if the same poll didnt reveal that George W. Bushs approval rating with Hispanics is six points higher (29%) than Marco Rubios (23%). President Obamas approval rating with Hispanics is almost three times larger than Rubios (64%), but not even the president can match potential 2016 candidate Hillary Clintons approval rating of 65%.
The GOP is responding to this lukewarm reception for Rubio by putting him on all five of the Sunday news shows tomorrow as their face of immigration reform. Just like they did with women and Sarah Palin, Republicans are acting on the assumption that Hispanic Americans will vote for them if they promote a Hispanic person.
Instead of admitting that the problem is what they stand for, Republicans are trying to once again put a different race/gender/ethnicity on the same failed platform.
Splashing Marco Rubios face all over television on Sunday morning isnt going send Hispanics back to the Republican Party.....
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Who pulls Rubio’s strings??
History repeats itself, and this time, we are the NATIVES! Who is Cesar Conda?
Besides the fact Rubio smells like a phony to anyone with a nose.
Not a NBC.
I was done with Rubio when he gave Obama cover for his illegal war in Libya.
Hmmm... I wonder why?
Maybe the lame-stream media are afraid he might become popular with Hispanics, if they were to get to know him, so they report as little as possible about/on Rubio. Can't take a chance on anyone leaving the Plantation, you know!!
Who wants him to be president in the first place?
Barry and the ‘RATS have separated the people living in this country into their different tribes. Rubio is a Cuban not a Mexican. Mexicans won’t vote for him. JMO.
But Mexicans, for example, don't feel any more solidarity with Cubans than most Americans do with white South Africans. They sort of speak the same language, but that's about it.
Throw in Rubio's alleged conservatism and it's a lost cause altogether. The guy will sink or swim on his merits. Liberal "Hispanics" will not be swayed by his ability to throw out campaign slogans in Cuban-accented Spanish.
GOP have no clue what Hispanics stand for
A lily white Cuban does not play well with Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Central Americans, etc...
Even if Rubio comes with Amnesty, money, government checks, unicorns.... it does not change the fact he looks more gringo than your average white guy
How did it come to pass that every person bearing a surname of Spanish origins is assumed to share the same
portfolio of socio-political beliefs and attitudes?
The mother of George Zimmerman (self-defender against Treyvon Martin’s assault) is of South American native (Indian?) origins but has a Spanish family name, as do many Spouth and Central Americans with not a drop of Spanish blood or cultural ancestry.
Yet for some arcane reason George is labelled “Hispanic,” and is lumped together (but not by his own personal choice) with people having ancestral roots in Cuba, Haiti, Guatemala, Mexico, etc, etc,etc,; all presumed to share like political beliefs and sympathies.
I have heard enough from Marco Rubio.
I can’t wait to vote for his opponent.
It doesn’t matter what the GOP does. Large swaths of the US population will vote for a pile of cow manure just because it is a @#$!’n Democrat.
How long before Rubio attacks Conservatives, then becomes a Democrat?
Because he’s a white Cuban, and brown Mexicans and Central Americans don’t see him as one of their own any more than Mitt Romney is.
It’s about much more than a common language.
Who the F is Jason Easley? Jesus. Please get a JOB.
Who would post this idiot’s crap?
No chance of that.
Republican Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico, who is a Mexican-American, received just 39% of the Hispanic vote in 2010.
Has anyone here seen a breakdown of the Florida Hispanic vote for Rubio?
Factor out Cubans, and I'll bet Rubio got less than 40% of the Hispanic vote, too.
One more thing.....
The average American Hispanic feels no ethnic connection to some white, upper middle class, Cuban guy.
There are a lot of varieties of “Hispanic”, and they are not always fond of one another.
I always understood that the rest of Latin Americans do not like Cubans that well. Even their Spanish is quite different than other Spanish speaking peoples.
Comments? Hillary will destroy Rubio.
Well the good news is that Marco Rubirino is going to commit political suicide with his amnesty stance. Rand Paul is eclipsing him even as we speak. The GOP leadership will just have to deal with it.
Around 1960, almost the entire Cuban professional class fled the island and came to south Florida.
Most of them were direct ancestors of Spaniards, all of them were penniless, they integrated instantly into the American culture, they had an astounding work ethic, they voted Republican, and they completely transformed the economy of Dade County in 15 years.
Around 1979, the Mariel refugees arrived.
Many were Black, many were ex-cons, and most of them had limited education and limited skills.
I stand with Rand.
Marco Rubio: The GOP’s fall guy and patsy.
See my tagline.
I had a lot of business dealings with Cubans in the 1970’s. I know what you mean about the racial division. One older guy I had extensive dealings with had blue eyes and silver blond hair-he was an older man. I developed mixed feelings about them.
La Raza Rubio is a fraud.
Around 1979, the Mariel refugees arrived.Jimmy Carter.
The gift that keeps on giving.
What are the black-robe bumkissers of the SCOTUS waiting for; for Obama to appoint Raúl Castro and Bill Maher? Take an appeal already and tell us what a citizen is, and especially what a natural born Citizen is.
Now I can see why the GOP elites never want to mention the constitutional eligibility thing ... they wanted to sneak in their own impostor to run with Jeb. Now there's a winning ticket .... Country Clubber and Caddy.
ATTENTION GOP The Mombasa MF is illegitimately in office. He's not a precedent for others to do the same.
A regular tower of Babel we've become. Apparently something that can only be overcome by a black looking but mostly Arab/white whose mother was a US citizen and whose supposed father was from Kenya even though he grew up in Indonesia and was raised by a transvestite nanny and an anti-American mother before he went to Hawaii where he was a lazy druggie.
Maybe we should focus on the person's ideas - once they've cleared the eligibility hurdles that is.
Rubio is a Florida hispanic, Bush was a Texan long before he became president. They knew and respected him from his being governor of Texas.
The first generation definitely had divided loyalties.
They dreamed of returning to the lives and property they left behind in Cuba.
No question they were Republican voters, though.
Interestingly, Rubio’s father and mother arrived in Miami in 1956, but certainly not as political refugees, not from Castro, anyway.
Fidel Castro was essentially unknown in 1956, even in Cuba.
I lived through that whole period in Lauderdale.
The local Catholic churches sponsored thousands of kids who were allowed to emigrate before their parents.
Every class in my elementary school had three or four Cuban kids, so maybe my perspective is a little different.
The young man beginning the call with, "Chairman Reince Preibus has a message for you......" when I stopped him and thanked him for his efforts but said that I had a "message for Chairman Reince Preibus, that I wasn't interested in him, what he thinks, especially about his 'new direction' in the GOP and that until he's gone, not to expect one dime from me from now on."
I went on by telling him that no candidate could ever expect a dime from me in advance of his or her running for office as I'd been betrayed by them all way too many times to ever believe one again. I said that they all lie to get money and votes, then go to DC and vote for things I absolutely hate and never want to see in this country, just like the Democrats!
I continued by telling him that any money at all that I "might donate" to a Republican would be only on one that has a proven record of voting on bills that he promised to support and voting against bills that he said he would NOT support.
I finished by telling him that not only could Chairman not expect anything from me now or in the foreseeable future, I'm not certain that they could even expect my vote!
He's not even a good wolf in sheep's clothing for his furry teeth show every time he smiles.
If I were in FL, I'd certainly rue the day I supported him for office.
He's an obvious liar and has no interest in what's lawful and best for the U.S.A.
I think they are just using him to score votes.
Hit piece by a Politico copycat. Promotes Hildy
North and South American Hispanics don’t relate to Cubans. They may all have similar roots from Spain/Portugal, but the cultures are not at all similar.
Cubans are generally either White or White/Black mix. The NA and SA Hispanics are generally White or White/Am. Indian mix.
It's why Obama carried the Cuban-American vote in Florida by 20 points last year.
Add-on to my post above...
I realize what I posted was somewhat simplistic and generalized. However, I truly believe there is a large cultural divide between NA/SA Hispanics and the Cubans and Puerto Ricans.
I’m a Natural Born Texan with ancestors who were here in the 1820s when it was still part of Mexico. Obviously, there are cultural differences between me and someone who has lived their whole life in one of the Northeastern States.
That’s essentially the comparison I was attempting to make about why “Hispanics” are not very supportive of Rubio.
That will give you a better view of Conservatives walking away from the GOP.
Last week he told a group of Blacks he favored eliminating or reducing prison terms for many drug offenders - Bye-Bye, Cultural Conservatives.
He punts on gay marriage, never explicitly saying he is against it - Bye-Bye, Evangelicals.
His immigration plan says nothing about E-Verify or employer sanctions, which, of course, would cause illegals to self-deport by the millions - Bye-Bye, Immigration Hawks.
He is a Foreign Policy Dove and has equivocal positions on Israel - Bye-Bye, Defense Hawks and Neo-Cons.
He seems to be completely unaware that 80% of new immigrant citizens vote for the Democrat Party - Bye-Bye, America.
For goodness sakes Rand Paul is a demagogue.
He’s not a Republican, he’s from that deep tradition of pre-Civil War Democrats.
I know a hit piece when I read one and this is a hit piece.
Rightly or wrongly, Marco Rubio is getting the Palin treatment.
Rubio’s biggest mistake and perhaps a fatal mistake, was joining that idiot Immigration Reform Gang of Eight. Schumer suckered him into that one, big time.
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