Skip to comments.Jeb Bush tells Republicans to ‘stop acting stupid’ on immigration policy
Posted on 08/29/2012 6:04:55 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn
TAMPA, Fla. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Tuesday said Republicans arent going to close the gap with Hispanic voters until they stop acting stupid.
Bush said many Hispanic voters share the GOPs commitment to faith, family and small government but have been alienated from the party by exclusionary rhetoric on immigration. But that, he said, is finally changing.
I promise you this is where the conservative cause is going, and thank God it is, he said to cheers at a lunch sponsored by the center-right Hispanic Leadership Network.
The advantage that Democrats have with Hispanics is a principal concern of Mitt Romneys campaign. The GOP standard-bearer badly trails President Obama among the voting bloc, and if the numbers dont improve, it could cost him the swing states of Colorado, Florida and Nevada and perhaps the entire election.
Republicans moved aggressively this week to close the gap, arranging a speakers slate at the convention heavy on Republicans of Latino descent. The outreach from the podium is being reinforced with Spanish-language ads from the Romney campaign.
Bush, whose wife is Hispanic, told The Hill that while jobs and education are the most important issues for the Latino community, more inclusive language and policies would be an important symbol that shows sensitivity for their concerns.
He also warned, in Spanish, that if Asians and Latinos, the fastest-growing populations in the United States, didnt feel comfortable in the party, were going to lose elections.
Thats not opinion thats math, he said.
Romney ran hard to the right on immigration during the primary, voicing his support for Arizonas controversial immigration law and arguing that illegal immigrants would self-deport if the United States turned off the magnets of easily accessible jobs and in-state tuition.
Hes softened his rhetoric on immigration somewhat since but mostly avoided talking about it.
Some in the party arent backing down. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), the author of the Arizona law and an informal adviser to the Romney campaign, pushed language into the official party platform that says laws like his should be encouraged, not attacked by the government. The platform advocates withholding federal funds from sanctuary cities and any universities that provide in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants.
A Romney campaign official downplayed the platform position and expressed confidence that they will reach their target of 38 percent support from Hispanics on Election Day.
The platform that counts is Mitt Romneys platform, Romney Hispanic outreach head and former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez told The Hill. Hes got a son who speaks perfect Spanish. His warmth will connect with the Hispanic community. Hell be doing a lot more events, a lot more advertising. Theyll know him a lot more. I think from here on, its on the way up.
Romney launched a Spanish-language ad on Tuesday, and unlike previous commercials, it not only attacks President Obamas economic policies but also promises to help Latinos battered by the dismal economy.
I know how to revive the American Dream, Romney says in English, with Spanish subtitles. I will not let you down. I will work tirelessly to create more good-paying jobs, to reform the education system and to lower taxes.
Romney has also agreed to participate in a forum with Univision, the countrys largest Spanish-language TV network.
Gutierrez said that Romney, who aside from a June speech at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) has not talked much about immigration, was unlikely to address the issue in his convention speech.
He may mention it, but hes going to talk about the economy, he said.
Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) said Romneys NALEO speech was great, but only a start.
I think he needs to do a lot more, and I think he will. Its imperative. You cannot win a presidential election if you dont get at least 35 percent of the Hispanic vote, and I think its important for him to get out there and go after it, he told The Hill.
Al Cardenas, the head of the American Conservative Union and a Romney adviser, admitted the campaigns 38 percent goal would be tough to reach, but he said Romneys numbers with Latinos could improve. He said the candidates Thursday night convention speech could prove crucial to how much he narrows the gap.
Frankly, hes entered into this general election with a fairly empty canvas and the other sides done a pretty good opportunity of maligning it, Cardenas said.
Hes got to use this convention as his opportunity to open the eyes of the Hispanic community, say, Im a caring person, I care about you and the needs of the Hispanic community, and heres who I am.
George and Jeb: dumb and dumber.
"Bush, whose wife is Hispanic, told The Hill that while jobs and education are the most important issues for the Latino community, more inclusive language and policies would be an important symbol that shows sensitivity for their concerns."
Hey, Jeb--do us a favor and give a speech in Spanish to the Latino community that they can make "an important symbol that shows sensitivity" by dropping the demands for group Hispandering and instead say they just want to be Americans, not looked upon as a group that expects anything different from other Americans.
"He also warned, in Spanish, that if Asians and Latinos, the fastest-growing populations in the United States, didnt feel comfortable in the party, were going to lose elections."
If Republicans lose elections due to Latinos not voting for them it is because idiots like Jeb, his brother, and McCain have fought to import mass numbers of them here even though it was clear these illegal aliens had no interest in a limited constitutional republic.
No more Bush’s.
He should be happy with Reverend La Raza Samuel Rodriguez giving the benediction at the convention.
Amen boomop1, Amen
Thanks, Jeb. Thanks a lot.
Hey! What about all the people from all over the world who are trying to enter the US legally?
So, just because these hispanic folk are here illegally, that’s a reason to make them legal?
What’s so hard about understanding the entire term - “ILLEGAL immigrant”?????
Just zip it bud... You’re irrelevant now.
There are 101 million white registered voters, there are only 14 million black and 14 million Hispanic registered voters. If whites unite on this issue and vote one party, illegal immigration amnesty no longer is an issue. Latinos and blacks vote as a bloc, why can’t white America. Whites have no one to blame but themselves.
Enforce the law, repeal the law, or STFU Jeb.
The Bush family makes me ill.
The Bushes need to GO AWAY!!!! Enough of them. They have had a grip on the Republican Party my entire adult life. I never want to hear or see them again.
Jeb Bush’s bleatings on the immigration issue are fingers on a chalkboard to me. I do not want to share the same political party with his kind.
I really hate this douchebag. In fact I think FReers should protest him at the RNC and boo him in his speech when he says this crap - lustily. As in, shut the speech down with boos until this creep gets flustered.
Jeb Bush is perpetuating false stereotypes about the party himself and planting these ideas in “Latino voters” minds - that doesn’t exactly help, Jeb. People along the border coming home and finding their homes occupied by drug smugglers and human trafficking operations and aren’t comfortable with such a thing aren’t racists, Jeb...I doubt a majority of Latinos would be, either...rather than teaching Latinos he is just playing the Democrat playbook to attack his own party with false innuendo.
Not to worry Jeb...soon as he gets in he’ll have more “flexibility”.
pandering to the invaders
Stay Out The Bushes
Jeez! why not just give all we have to illegals. This issue does have something to do with the rule of law and protecting citizens..guess no one told JEB
Oh, Jeb ... just shut up. No, don’t just shut up: also go away.
The country is petty much done for now.
Some 30 million plus illegals is enough to create some 50 congressional districts and they don’t even need to vote to do it. Its pretty obvious that neither party has any intent to do anything and even FReepers are now screeching to shut up about immigration.
Of course he's irritated there are those of us who are complicating his family vision by our determination to see the law enforced.
That was in 1992.
2012: Bushes, Stay Out!.............
This is our future in the GOP.
Jeb “Open Borders” Bush might need to follow Charlie Crist right on over to the party that supports his views.
Speaking of stupid Jeb, your brother GW managed to get 99% of Hispanics to vote Dem after he started a civil war in the party over amnesty and after his (GWB) affordable housing initiatives resulted in massive for-closures in NV, AZ, NM and Florida, all high illegal alien states. Sure, some voted for GWB when they got those new houses they couldnt afford and eventually lost. That's all that counts right Jeb? One election?
Thank goodness he wasn’t the VP pick.
I don’t know why people are whining. Romney is no different on immigration.
Resorting to name calling...think how I tell you or you are stupid. Republicans will be acting stupidly if they don’t listen to American citizens, Not Jeb Bush.
He’s already in the party that supports his views.
"Stay outta da Bushes!"
exactly, if he is on the top of the ticket, we will get the same “get him in the white house, and then hold his feet to the fire” argument.
little do they know the rest of the liberal “big tent” that has infected the party already have his feet in a bucket of lava.
worry about it until after the election? “after” will never come, and hasn’t since Reagan.
Was Jeb a C student like his older brother?
We are telling Jeb to get lost.
Jeb Bush is a disgusting coward and a fraud, and the MSM is more than happy to allow him that latitude. He periodically pops his head up and blathers about how the GOP must “change its tone” on immigration and about how the party is “acting stupid”.
But he is never pinned down to make specific proposals because he and the MSM know that his specific proposals would cause an uproar and would damage his purpose of pretending to offer “wise” councel while being too cowardly to get to the details. Both Jebbie and the MSM are content to continue with the high minded criticism while avoiding the messy details.
“Stay outa da Bushies”
Jeb should just switch parties, he has nothing good to say about republicans.
So how does one start a third, truly conservative, Party?
For 2016 (if we survive).
The Republican Party fought a bloody and brutal Civil War to keep the slaveholding states from separating from the union and keeping slavery.
A Republican President issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
The Republican Party freed the slaves by passing the 13th Amendment.
The Republican Party adopted the 14th and 15th Amendments which made the former slaves citizens and gave them voting rights.
Republicans in the House and Senate voted in large majorities (over 70%) to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act over strong Democrat opposition.
In 2006 Republican President G.W. Bush signed a 25 year extension of the Voting Rights Act, passed by large majorities of Republicans.
In 2008 African Americans voted 95% Democrat in the general election, perpetuating a decades old pattern of voting against the Republican Party candidates.
Mr. Bush, given the history with the African American voter why will giving amnesty to people illegally in the country ensure Hispanics vote for Republicans?
“This issue does have something to do with the rule of law and protecting citizens..guess no one told JEB”
There’s also a significant economic component to it. Many of our states simply cannot afford to “host” an endless stream of immigrants, legal or not. Their budgets are being strained to the max. Jeb says it’s about “the math” but he conveniently neglects to include the unsustainable financial impact on state budgets in that equation.
“Stupid is, as stupid does.” ~ Forrest Gump
Conservatives need to stop mincing words and start calling out the Bushes for who they are - liberal elitists who care more about their fortunes than about their country. Their failure to defend America’s border is every bit as dangerous for America’s future as Obama’s dalliance with islamists.
Bigg Red says Jeb Bush should shut up and go away.
Remember all the misleading pols telling us how many people wanted this fool to run for president? Or maybe he’s in the mix for VP?
I am so sick of these politicians telling us how we need to ignore laws,pretend our borders don’t exist and basically supply welfare to Mexico in exchange for keeping our wages depressed. Oh thats right. I meant to say ignore the laws and it will all be better. Until the next time of course when they ask us to turn our heads again.
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