Skip to comments.Powell: GOP Should Back Off Attempts to Lower Voter Participation
Posted on 01/21/2013 2:08:06 PM PST by bestintxas
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says the Republican Party should abandon its efforts to curb voter participation through voter ID laws and restrictions on hours for early voting.
Should we really have gone after reducing the turnout of voters in those places where we thought it would make a difference? he told MSNBCs Morning Joe program, referring to Novembers election, Politico reports.
The Republican Party should be a party that says, We want everybody to vote, and make it easier to vote and give them a reason to vote for the party, not to find ways to keep them from voting at all.
Powell says the Republican Party has turned much more conservative. Thats perfectly acceptable, but if you stay that far to the right, youre losing where the country is. The country is moving more toward the center.
He notes demographic changes as well. Minorities are growing as a portion of the population, particularly Hispanics. Thats a group that supported President Barack Obama by a whopping 71 to 27 percent margin last year.
You have to appeal with policies and programs to these people who are going to be the leaders of our country in a generation, Powell says.
As for voter participation, Florida GOP Gov. Rick Scott appears to have heard Powells message. He announced a plan last week to increase the number of early voting days and locations.
(Excerpt) Read more at newsmax.com ...
Translation: I want millions of fraudulent voters in every election!
Republicans want voter ID to make sure that everybody has a fair chance to vote for whom they choose. They also favor vote observers at polling places so we don’t get the obviously fraudulent 100% from various Democrat vote counters like we had in Philadelphia in this last election. When Democrats cheat and vote more than once, or cheat and count votes against their guy as votes cast for him, then THAT is what suppresses the vote. Also I might expect an army officer who is supposedly Republican to be a little more sensitive to the lost and mishandled ballots for our overseas servicemen...who largely vote Republican....but go figure.
Powell is now a voter fraud cheerleader? I am not surprised; the guy has been a sock-puppet for the left all along.
Powell would be best reminded that we are an elected republic, not mob rule.
Our armed forces succeed only because the 10% tell the other 90% what to do when they wake, what to eat, where to sleep again, and who the enemy is to be.
Powell is developing dementia.
Mr. Colon can see the handwriting on the wall that the GOP is about to go the way of the Whigs. Ergo he is positioning himself for his next decade of meal tickets.
Shucks, vote fraud advocates have enlisted the help of another 95 percenter as a spokesmodel.
Please GOP, send this colostomy bag out of the party. He belongs in the dems, put him there. He would have little visibility there which is why he remains a RINO.
What do expect is going to come out of a colon?????
Liberal speak for “let the illegals vote.”
Powell would have made an excellent banana republic, fascist dictator. He’s a regular Hugo Chavez.
I am so sick of seeing this piece of sh**’s name on FR threads, I keep throwing up in my mouth a little.
It's the right thing to do.
>>If Repubs cant at the very least stand strong and demand clean elections then they have no further reason to exist.
I was really disappointed with GWB that he didn’t do anything in the wake of all the FL shenanigans in 2000, especially since the Dems were obviously working to disenfranchise military voters by challenging their absentee ballots.
If we ever get the White House back, election fraud clean up needs to be a national Republican priority. Until then, everyone needs to push it at the state level.
If the president himself does not have to be eligible then why do voters have to be eligible? Heck we have open borders and dems want a blank check with no debt ceiling. Anything goes. Get with the times. :-).
It sounds funny now, but there was a time when Colin Powell could have had the GOP presidential nomination almost for the asking. VP for sure.
Since the Scooter Libby ordeal, when he let the man be crucified all the time knowing the truth, when one word from him would have spared the man... he lost his honor and I don’t think he can ever get it back.
Powell proved himself to be a coward when he was afraid to tell President Bush he knew who the leaker was.
I have no respect for him in any area now.
This phony gasbag used to be in our military and lead our servicemen. And those same servicemen are disenfranchised every election by the democrats that Powell favor. It is a bitter insult and betrayal...
I agree with Powell. The republican party should be exactly what he wants it to be. And I’ll go somewhere else.
Gee, my Dog farts and looks back to see where the sound came from. I just laugh at how my cute little Dog is so entertaining without having a clue.
Nice to know that Colin Powell possesses the same ignorance with the noise he makes opening his pie hole.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.