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Posted on 06/17/2012 3:18:19 PM PDT by Steelfish
June 17, 2012 Rubio: GOP Has Work To Do To Win Over Hispanics
Marco Rubio says, "I'm not going to be the vice-president."
He can deny it all he wants, but there's no denying that a lot of people think the Senator could be Mitt Romney's running-mate.
When asked by O'Donnell if, at age 41 and in his second year in the Senate, he thinks he is qualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency, Rubio replied, "Well, look, I have a job now, and I certainly feel like I'm qualified to be in the United States Senate. Like anything you do in life, you learn. So certainly I feel that I'm better prepared to be in the Senate today than I was a year ago."
Maybe he's seen as too young for this election cycle. But in Marco Rubio, many conservatives, not to mention Tea Party supporters, have a new hero - one who is personable, seemingly unflappable, and could wind up helping to broaden the Republican base with Hispanic voters.
"You've been called the Tea Party Senator; first of all, do you like that name?" asked O'Donnell.
"I have no problem being associated with the Tea Party," Rubio said. "But I can only tell you what I stand for. And I think the things that I stand for, and I think the things the Republican Party should and does stand for, are very mainstream positions."
Those positions are strongly conservative, right down the line. Abortion rights? "I'm pro-life," he says. "I believe life begins at conception."
President Obama's Affordable Care Act? "I think it should be repealed and replaced."
Entitlement reform? "I think it's essential. I want to save Medicare. My mom's on Medicare."
Understanding Rubio requires a visit to West Miami, the heavily-Cuban immigrant community where.....
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I do not understand this concept. For the record, my wife is Venezuelan.
People are people.
You either vote for a conservative or for a liberal (based on your own beliefs).
Why does the GOP need to work any harder to win over Hispanics?
I have noticed that recently Marco Rubio has implied that "Hispanics" and "illegal aliens" are synonymous of each other.
I beg to differ.
Alas,there is just no way out of this trek to serfdom is there....
You’ve drunk too much Potomac water Rubio. Racial preferences are so out of date. Another Shamnesty whore.
Never understood all the hoopla about this establishment pretty boy.
If we have to treat them special we don’t need them. I would ask Rubio why he became a Republican and why that reason isn’t good enough for other Americans to become Republicans?
A half a$$ed solution is a half a$$ed solution.
If it means opening our borders and ignoring the law then I don’t want them.
The GOP needs to work to win over conservatives...
However, if "win over Hispanics" means throwing open our borders so that most of South America moves in here, then that is a problem for all Americans including Hispanics.
If they want to work with Hispanics, they should maybe tell Hispanics what conservatism is all about. They can teach the legal immigrants the concepts of limited government, personal responsibility, faith and family, and freedom and liberty. They can share these concepts translated into Spanish if they wish.
Well then openly racist RINOS like Rubio, have work to do to “win over” European Americans.
Gee, ain’t Balkanizing America and in the process destroying her, a lot of fun?
The guy has jumped the shark. America was built on equal justice for all — not special privilege for some. If Hispanic-Americans want to be treated differently based on their origin, they should go back to where they were before the hyphen.
Shouldn’t Hispanics be Americans first?
And if they’re Americans what about them should be singled out for special treatment verses other Americans?
And if one honestly answers the questions you have the answers to the larger issues.
“Shouldnt Hispanics be Americans first?
And if theyre Americans what about them should be singled out for special treatment verses other Americans?
Hispanics are just following the highly successful trail to free crap and special status in America blazed by other priveleged “persons of color” groups.
He a Bushie.
We need to clear him out next election and put a conservative with some reform ideas who understands and is respectful of the constitution. We have enough tribal race baiters in Congress. If the GOP enters into in racist tribal contest to see who can give the racists the most preferences, this country is done. We need someone who can speak about American liberty and wealth. They did not come here to be socialist peasants and serfs.
VP?? NBC??? NOT!!!!!
If you flood the country with illegal immigrants, that would strain our limited economic resources, break down our social benefits programs, cut down employment opportunities - not patriotic, Marco! Who are you really representing?
Screw that. Pandering will only beget more of the same. Let those that want to hold immigration hostage bear the burdens from it, especially employment. Enough is enough. For every one who wants to “teach us a lesson” there will one Anglo would will bolt the Demonrats over this issue.
European-Americans aren't the largest growing ethnic group in America. Hispanics are. By 2050, half the country will be Hispanic and whoever wants to win elections will need a sizable percentage of their votes.
Here I am, Marco - what are you gonna do for ME?
2050? Hell, I’ll be dead by 2050. And likely so will the United States.
Note to Levin and Ingraham: “STOP PIMPING RUBIO!”
We had this debate before. North America or south America? North Korea or South Korea? East Germany or West Germany? Legal illegal Rubio better decide. We don’t need know stinkin lecture Marco.
Yeah, in the long run we are all dead, right Mr. Keynes?
Romney, Rubio & Co. need white votes in four months.
As long as they’re pandering to illegal aliens, they can kiss the only part of my ass that isn’t white.
The conservative message is simple... you either get it or you don’t.
The GOP-e is nothing but a pathetic bunch of political opportunists who’ll pander to any demographic for votes.
“Votes! Votes! Votes! What do I have to say to get those votes!?!”
The Hispanics who need to be sweet-talked into voting Republican are like drug addicts who are counseled into kicking the habit... the commitment sure won’t last long.
FU Rubio, you establishment putz.
“Work to do,” or does he mean “Values to compromise”?
Sorry if we don’t want to live life quite as corruptly as Hispanics do.
You can’t go by 2050 estimates especially when Hispanic birth rates have been dropping pretty fast as of late. Census rolls are also no good since a good portion of the tallied are illegals.
Long-term population trends are usually one of the most difficult to predict due to outside factors. Not to say we shouldn’t try to appeal to Hispanics on a conservative philosophy approach but pandering to them is a losing proposition,
All emotional, promoting riots and divisions in America through preferential treatments under the guise of “humane” and fair, bringing pills, sex, drugs, free stuff riots and what not... It’s the sick program.
Interesting that these young people will not be told to study that islam is evil or that America is great or should be exceptional, and they won’t give a rat’s arse about our values...
They want their riot and their disrespect, they will get it.
Absolutely true. We have enough people here who think they're so special that laws don't apply to them.
(obviously decided that the British were going to win, so what the heck)
His name is synonymous with disloyalty. During the American Revolutionary War, Arnold began the war in the Continental Army, but later defected to the British Army. While still a general on the American side, he became Commander of the West Point fort in New York, and offered to surrender it to the British. After the plot came to light, in September 1780, Arnold joined the British Army as a brigadier general, with a sizable pension and £6,000 signing bonus.
Many believe that he was frustrated at being passed over for promotion, sickened by others taking credit for his achievements, and tired of (groundless) accusations that he exacted private property for the use of the army . In fact, Congressional investigations later found Arnold had spent much of his own money on the American war effort. Much like Aaron Burr (above) Arnolds plan unraveled due to an intercepted document: when American forces captured British Major John André carrying papers revealing the proposed surrender of West Point, Arnold fled to a British ship docked on the Hudson river, narrowly escaping the forces of one highly pissed off George Washington. Britain quickly secured Arnolds services, and he led British raids in Virginia, New London and Groton, Connecticut, before the war ended with the American victory at Yorktown. Arnold died in London, and monuments to him there are ambiguous at best.
He’s right. First we’ll have to teach them to speak and read English, as needed, and then we’ll need to educate them about why socialism is cultural suicide and conservaatism is better. Anything else would just be pandering.
A handsome young man, superbly articulate, and conservative on the issues about 27% of the time. The rest seems to be coming out of the Jeb Bush/Myth Romney playbook.
Rubio reminds me a little of the predicament Santorum. Used by the Establishment (Jeb Bush in particular)as their mouthpiece for baiting the electorate with their liberal shennanigans, this is Rubio’s path to advancement and he wants it bad.
Romney is FOR everything he has sent Rubio out to sell. Rubio, well groomed by Jeb, is out to prove his bono fidis as a liberal moderate conservative Republican. LOL.
I prefer DOers with a record and a brain. Like Scott Walker. Rubio is basically untested in a head wind on big things, but for the rah rah oratory.
“Never understood all the hoopla about this establishment pretty boy.”
The Colin Powell project didn’t pan out all that well. This is the new effort.
Mark Levin has messed up. What the heck has happened to his antenna? It’s like he’s for anything that moves this cycle.
If they speak better than GWB 43, that’s enough. He seems to be for all noise and rhetoric, and minimum accomplishment.
Mark has been neutral on anybody with a record of kicking the Democrats to hell and back, as if that might present some kind of public relations/electability problem, so we sure don’t want anyone who can do the dang job and has a record to prove it, if we can have someone with minimal record and a big voice making lots of racket.
I don’t know anyone who follows Laura Ingaham.
Rubio does not adhere to the US Constitution as his guide.
He wants us to be “compassionate” and we have to win over interest
Reagan he is not.
Ronald Reagan was for principles not special ethnic groups. NEVER!
He won the Reagan Democrats with this spirit.
“European-Americans aren’t the largest growing ethnic group in America. Hispanics are. By 2050, half the country will be Hispanic and whoever wants to win elections will need a sizable percentage of their votes. “
So we set them aside as yet another, special, hyphenated group that we need to cater to, and strive to “win over”, just because they are growing faster than any other groups?
NO one should have their allegedly “special” needs catered to, but by your numbers logic, the fact that whites are STILL the largest demographic group, means that in purely crass, cynically political terms, Rubio should be worried about THIEIR needs.
The problem is (and Rubio knows this and is actually a big part of the problem), whites don’t set themselves up as a demographic that needs to be bribed with special treatment.
Rubio’s racist double standard is the type of destructive thinking that is destroying this country.
The source of these supposed quotes is SEE BS which will misquote and flat out lie about what any GOPer has said .
I have no idea if any of these quotes are true or not.
Rubio and the entire GOP need to hire a very tough and ugly PR firm NOW .
They need to be organized and stop these misquotes and off message comments.
The Obama state media outlets sets them up because they have zero PR strategy.
And they do not get real ugly when there words are twisted.
That is the thing that infuritates me the most with statements like Rubio’s. They see themselves as so special and deserving of being treated differently than everyone else. The laws that I live by are too harsh for Hispanics, they must be excepted from those laws, or at least that is what he seems to mean.
Am I missing something here?
Nice spin. It will not work on FR.
Rubio has spoken on this issue many, many times.
He’s an apologist for Hispanics everywhere in the U.S. He is not alone, as other Hispanics, such as Governor Martinez of New Mexico, has stated things which are definitely not conservative when it comes to the Hispanic demographic.
They see everyone as equal except that Hispanic people are little bit more equal and should be treated different and better.
Senator Rubio, before you worry about reaching out to Hispanics, the GOP better reach out to the Tea Party. With Romney, the GOP has one last chance. If they don't come through, you'll see the Tea Party replace the GOP. Take your RINO's and go, set my people free.
I am so over Rubio. This guy is not going to restore the constitutional republic.