Skip to comments.Tea Party Express Considering Latino-Focused Bus Tour
Posted on 04/16/2013 10:12:59 PM PDT by Syncro
On Monday, Sal Russo, co-founder of Tea Party Express, the political action committee that sponsored Rand Paul's response to President Obama's State of the Union address, said that his group was considering a nationwide bus tour specifically focused on the Latino community. ..."[t]he bus tour is the iconic symbol of the Tea Party. When weve gone to some states, like Texas, weve had good Hispanic participation. Were trying to do a [national] bus tour that would be more directed that way.
A final decision on whether Tea Party Express will undertake a nationwide bus tour focused on the Latino community has apparently not yet been made.
At the national level, the Republican Party has seen support for its candidates decline within the Latino/Hispanic community over the past decade.
The Tea Party movement, which has always had a tense relationship with the Republican establishment, has a stronger track record of engagement with the Latino community.
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The Tea Party group that sponsored a prime-time response last week to President Obama's State of the Union address is the latest group recognizing the power of the Latino vote.
Officials with the Tea Party Express, the nations largest Tea Party political action committee, have been discussing their own Latino outreach, said Sal Russo, the groups co-founder.
Weve been trying to do a bus tour that would focus on communities that we dont normally talk to, Russo said.
Russo, who worked for Ronald Reagan when he was California governor:
He believed in going to labor unions, going to places where you dont normally go, so people could hear his message about cutting taxes and growing the economy, he said.
The plans by the Tea Party, widely viewed by many liberals as being antithetical to the interests and well-being of minorities, follows an announcement last week by House Republicans about a new, ambitious Latino outreach campaign.
On Feb 11, the House Republican Conference, which essentially represents the chambers GOP, launched a Spanish-language Twitter account, @gopespanol.
The account is part of a broader plan still being hashed out to reach out to Hispanics, and repair their image with them.
Not all Republicans and conservatives are on board with the efforts to court Latinos, particularly when it involves relying on Spanish.
Some the most conservative Republicans in the House, for instance, see it as pandering.
In an interview with the National Journal, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said he is opposed to trying to reach out to Latinos in Spanish.
Theres a conflicting message that comes out from the Republicans if we want to recognize the unifying power of English, and meanwhile, we send out communications in multiple languages, said King, who has one of the most hard-line approaches to immigration. Official business and documents needs to be in English.
Oh man are you in trouble...
The pictures of the bus weren’t supposed to be released yet!
Yeah, it was kind of large.
gosh, i wish the GOP, or conservatives had begun to do this before the 2000 election... i even talked about the necessity of it here... not waiting for an election year to do it, but to make it an ongoing thing...
Well they are doing in now.
The TPX and the GOP.
So by election year they should be going strongly.
Newt had a latino site when he was running for prez I noticed.
I'm a mostly reasonable person and willing to lend an ear to rational points well made. That said, I'm skeptical of this "Latino-Focused Bus Tour" and the use of Spanish. Frankly, I see it as an admission of defeat. How so? An admission that assimilation has largely failed and that a once-united America has devolved into a Balkanized constituencies of special interests. From my perspective, Conservatism alone is sufficient. I see no need for such niche marketing to a given ethnic segment. This is America and those who wish to partake in it should thoroughly adopt our values, our language and our cultural norms.
But I'm still willing to listen to a persuasive, logical argument from another perspective. And, in advance, I thank you in advance to taking this on if you're so willing.
Exactly! The Latino/Hispanic voter must need to hear the message even in their own language. All they have been hearing is from the liberals side in their own language how evil the Republicans are, and they hate Mexicans and so on and so on. We must reach out and EXPLAIN to them why we support certain and why we oppose, so they can have a better understanding. The Democraps had the advantage of sending their message it is about time we do the same. Remember fight fire with fire. They need to understand why it is important to speak English, or why it is important to cut taxes, and why the 2nd amendment must be uphold. Those messages must come thru to them in their own language if need be. Remember Mexicans tends to be more socially conservative. Which will be a uphill fight with this gay marriage and abortion so that is one part that is positive. Now they needs to hear the rest and that is not by pandering like street walkers but to rely the real conservative message to them.
I'm hoping to hear back from latina4dubya to provide some arguments that might make me reconsider my stance on this style of Latino outreach. I'll confess that my position is more like that of Steve King, Tom Tancredo or even President Eisenhower with his successful Operation Wetback program in the 1950's.
As for the social conservatism of Mexicans, what are your thoughts on this recent thread? Natural Conservatives? Really?
for now, since it is 2:30 in the morning here, i will just say this: i agree with just about everything you posted... and in order to share that message, it may be that it must be shared in a language other than English... i get that you see it as admitting defeat... i see it as seizing an opportunity... doing what you can with what you are dealt... and it may be that most of those in this particular audience don't ever learn English... but perhaps they will see how important it is for their children to learn English... to learn to be American... in my opinion, to do no outreaching at all is admitting defeat...
i can discuss this further tomorrow... (actually, later today)... and i do appreciate your willingness to listen... your "reasonability."
Complete waste of time and resources.
Yes, indeed it's late (or early) for both of us. I'll be looking forward to a hopefully mutually rewarding give and take with you after we both get some much needed rest.
Take care until we chat again! And thanks much.
I agree. Stupid stupid stupid.
Are not ALL Americans???? Jeez
All they care about is taking advantage of whatever entitlement benefits they can mooch off of. They have no desire for assimilation. As far as speaking English, good luck. Where I live in suburban Chicago, we have so many Spanish signs it looks more like Mexico. And I can tell you from a few people I know that work in the city government that it has now gotten to the point where they realize that non-hispanic-owned businesses are not willing to come here. Believe me when I say it has become a big problem that many have whispered about, but will never be admitted publicly. How they plan to solve it, I have no clue, but good luck to them!
One more thing, talk to any school district that is spending a ton of money on ESL programs. Ask them if they like it when most, if not all, districts are struggling with funding. Remember Mexicans tends to be more socially conservative.
Come here in suburban Chicago and take a look at my local high school which is more than 75% hispanic and you will notice that well over half of the girls there are pregnant. It has gotten so bad that there is now a day care center in the school.
More hispanics than ever support gay marriage as well.
Part of me is furious at what is going on. But another part of me is laughing. The GOP would never have had this problem with hispanics if the leadership displayed a hint of common sense and secured the border. Reagan granted amnesty and there was no groundswell of hispanic support. Bush 41 and 43 did nothing to stop illegal immigration. After 9-11 I thought at the very least our borders would have been sealed, but no. Since the GOP is so closely tied with the business community (and their desire for cheap labor), they are all too willing to look the other way and ignore the problems as long as politicians receive their campaign contributions (or as I like to call them, "bribes") from their business friends.
Then what happens when amnesty is passed and the democrats get 20 million new voters, no increase in hispanic support for the GOP as they lose their base out of disgust? What will the GOP say? I doubt they will admit they made a mistake. They could care less. They will have their money and will live comfortably in their gated communities as they one-by-one lose office.
yes, that will surely compel mexicans to vote for Republicans. In droves.
Sounds like Tea Party Amnesty
These “reaching out to Latinos” means: 1. Amnesty. 2. Amnesty and welfare. 3. Amnesty and, welfare, and unicorns
This is more pandering to special interest groups over others and ruinous for this so-called TEA Party group.
Either we are all special as taxpaying Americans or we are just another wing of the Democratic Party.
Can't have it both ways.
Pardon me but isn't their own language the same as ours?
Are we so eager to split America into groups like the Democrats do, and what exactly are we going to tell "them in their own language?"
Are we planning on telling "them in their own language" how much free stuff we want to offer them?
Hispanics here legally as citizens already have to know English, or at least they used to, so if we have to resort to buses catering to "them in their own language (and how insulting is that anyway), we aren't attempting to reach out to citizens but illegal aliens hoping to become citizens through Amnesty!
Karl Rove must surely be running the TEA Party Express these days!
Incidentally, I was watching a bit of Ted Baxter aka Bill O'Reilly last night, and Ted was almost apoplectic with some Republican senator or congressman who failed to understand that Republicans should be pandering to the Hispanic community. The Pubbie congressman told Baxter er O'Reilly the same things we're talking. O'Reilly recited the lie about Hispanics not voting for Pubbies because of the immigration issue, and the Pubbie told him he was wrong. Baxter's position was: so what...pander anyway.
Of course, she came to U.S. after the last Amnesty as no borders were closed. She has managed to stay, live (not in the shadows either) and work, get food stamps and other benefits.
Last summer before the election, she indicated that she really liked Obama and wanted him reelected. She also thought he would guarantee her more stuff and she wouldn't have to do anything for it.
The TPExpress can get her on a free bus trip to show her how much Republicans want to help her but she'll only vote for the one who promises her the most stuff!
a plan such as President Eisenhower’s is not possible today... Mexico’s government would have to support it, and at this time, that would not happen... most of all, no one would have the guts to do it...
it is about informing... and the message has to be delivered again and again... will we win over every Mexican vote? no.... will we win over most of the Mexican vote? perhaps not... but we don't need every Mexican... we can aim get a good chunk of the voting block... just a chunk... that would be valuable... and it could be for generations... and it will not happen over night... and it may not happen by the next election... but we ought to take the first steps ASAP... i see it as being a long, arduous journey...
i also think we ought to reach out with black Americans...
Exactly with that kind of attitude the Republicans (true conservative) will never get a foothold with the Hispanics like that. What many do not realize about getting free benefits is that they come from a Country that is socialistic, so what were they expecting? That is all they know. That is the reason it is important to get the message across with them to show them there is a better option than the Democrap who are using them to keep them in power and trample over rights. I understand Mark Levin is also will be having his book translated and that is just one of many ways to get the message across. I am glad for the Tea Party making the move and get the message of freedom to them.
Thanks for taking the time to compose a response. It does look like a uphill battle any way you slice it.
Maybe hand out 7 oz. bottles of Corona and little mexican flags,, OH and soccer balls.. ya might get a few takers. ;-]
“Sounds like Tea Party Amnesty”
Wow. Syncro, divide and conquer, identity politics is what the left and Grover Norquist does.
I’m in the wrong place. And it looks like the entire ‘tea party’ is compromised. I’m outta here. I want immigrants to be part of this country, not singled out for special treatment or like they’re too dumb to be an American without being pandered to. Imo, the actions of this ‘tea party’ to pander like our enemy does is RACIST.
This isn’t a discussion, I’m done and so is this country when even ‘conservatives’ are willing to sell off ethnicities for votes...which you will NEVER get. But it must make ya feel good, so you go ahead.
We’re just witnesses at the scene of the crime.
Think this will work?
We do need to reach out to our Spanish speaking friends. But we shouldn’t pander, we don’t need to.
George Washington En Espanol
I have mixed feelings about this.
The way it almost always goes and we saw this with Rand Paul is a R addresses a Hispanic group and cherry picks the issues he talks about, ones that polls well with the group, and don't talk about the ones that don't polls well even though there are many more of them. (with Hispanics its taxing and spending and anti-poverty programs and Obama-care.)
This rarely works because in the end the Dems will force them to answer on the second set.
yes--as i stated earlier, it cannot be about pandering... they already get that from the liberals... plus, it's not conservative... and what we want to share is the conservative message... again and again and again...
If that is concerning me, it's quite a misdirection.
Im in the wrong place. And it looks like the entire 'tea party' is compromised. Im outta here.
First, I doubt you are "out of here" and I thought you had a better grasp of what the TPM is all about. Instead you broad-brush it.
Hey, let’s balkanize the Tea Party!
Isn’t the Tea Party supposed to be about Americans fighting for America? This seems like it would only serve to dilute the message and weaken the overall cohesiveness of the group.
Not latinamericans, asianamericans, afroamericans, arabamericans, panarabamericans, LBGTamericans, or any of that other divisive nonsense.
Are they trying to be more inclusive? How does labeling people achieve this?
That’s what the left does. They apply all sorts of labels to people, especially people they don’t agree with. I’ve had it with all these labels!
New Senate Immigration Amnesty Plan Bears Union ImprintComplete thread at link in title.
NLPC ^ | April 18, 2013 | Carl Horowitz
The main feature of the 844-page bill is that it would allow millions of illegal immigrants to apply for legal residency and eventual citizenship. Significantly, the bill bears a strong union influence. And labor officials aren't bashful about it. Ana Avendano, AFL-CIO director of immigration, declared last week: "Politicians know that if they stand in the way of citizenship we will steamroller them." The bill, worked out in secret by a bipartisan group of senators known as the "Gang of Eight," amounts to getting rolled over.
Some context is necessary. The United States, more than ever, is an international resettlement destination. According to the Census Bureau, our immigrant population, naturalized and otherwise (including the illegal portion), experienced a net increase during 2000-2010 from 31.1 million to 40.0 million. By 2010, nearly 13 percent of the nation's population consisted of first-generation immigrants, the highest share in a decennial year since 1920. California registered the highest state share at 27.2 percent. These figures, it should be emphasized, don't include the roughly 400,000 "birthright citizenship" children born to illegal immigrant parents on our soil each year. During 2000-10, about 13.9 million newcomers came here legally. Mexico and Asia each accounted for more than 4 million of them, while Central America, the Caribbean, Europe and "other" each sent slightly more than one million.
Et tu, Brute? =(
More "Brute"ilizing from Eu tu? Killing the messenger doesn't further the conservative cause.
I was not demonizing you FRiend. I am just surprised, well shocked, the TPE would pander to anyone.
I feel a little back stabbed because you know I love and trust my TPE. =(
I let slide the fact that usually when someone posts to the #1 box they are commenting on the position of the article, not the person that posted it.
Mea culpa my friend...
A low level semi anti-freeper has been posting a link to this thread and making comments about me and the TPX in a knee jerk fashion on several other threads without pinging me as she jumps from band wagon to band wagon.
No I didn't ping her, measure for measure/like for like/quid pro quo ya know... : > )
I think I know who you mean, judging from the responses.
You and I are all good.
But may I ask you for a favor? Could you please advise them not to do this, if you haven’t so already?
Do you believe it is a good idea?
I wouldn’t ping her either!
And as far as I know, the tour isn't set in stone...who knows, maybe it will not happen.
I'm reserving my comments on something like this by a Tea Party group for now.
I'm wearing an armored flack catcher...lol
Why don’t you invite Newt along, and Callista too. They speak Spanish you know. Newt even converted.
What are their plans for the Asian, African-American or Caucasian-Focused bus tours? Just wondering where everyone would fit in. Apologies for anyone I've left out.
Why dont you invite Newt along, and Callista too. They speak Spanish you know. Newt even converted.Oh I am making decisions for TPX now? They will be surprised to know that...
So Newt is now Spanish? I didn't know you could convert to another nationality.
I'm the one that brought up that Gingrich has a Spanish outreach website years ago here at FR.
Tratar de ponerse al amiguito
Are you the one who invited Newt onto the TPX the first time, too?
I think you left out the Liechtensteinien/Americans.
BIG voter bloc
The previous bus tours were reaching out to all Americans.
When was the first time Newt appeared at a Tea Party Express rally?
Onto the bus, Synchro. It was controversial because the Tea Party movement was intended to be independent and a force to influence the entire political process rightward, not just another GOP-e shilling front group for pandering. You and I exhanged words here on FR over it. Newt is nothing if not a panderer, even if compelling words do occasionally tumble out of his mouth in English. His actions belie those words. The antithesis of Tea Party.
Bingo! My point, exactly.
We don' need no stinkin' ________(fill in the race) tour - just an American tour.
Here are the people (speakers and entertainers) who were "on" the bus:
TOUR Details to Date:
Here are some of the people that will travel with throughout the tour:
You are zooming in on Gingrich as if TPX was sponsoring him, had him riding on the bus as if they were promoting him.
Contrary to that, This Tea Party organized the event in Milford, Michigan.
All republican and conservative type Presidential hopefuls were invited to speak, and by that Tea Party, NOT TPX:
Newt's first appearance at a Tea Party event that I know of was in San Diego on Thursday, October 21st - 12:00 Noon in 2010
All major presidential hopefuls (Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Gary Johnson, Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum), as well as "non-hopefuls" (Sarah Palin, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Rick Perry, and Donald Trump) have been invited to participate. We expect most (if not all) to join us at some point during the tour, but will not have confirmations until closer to the rally.
Also invited are political figures more pertinent to Michigan, including Governor Snyder, Pete Hoekstra, Clark Durant, Thaddeus McCotter, Justin Amash, and others. If you would like to see them, we encourage you to directly contact them and request they participate. The more citizens who do the better the chance they will listen and decide to attend.
Although you probably think I invited him, I was surprised to find out that he was going to be speaking at a Tea Party rally.
I gave him about the best test that could be given to see how aware he was of the Conservative movement by getting in his path with my hand out and said to him "Hello Mr. Gingrich, greetings from Free Republic dot com."
The blank stare and quick little nod was very telling...LOL!
I only got behind Newt for the candidate when it was him or Romney.
Lessor of two evils thingie, I'm not going to ever do that again.