[quote author=The Unknown Caller link=topic=20173.msg1304491#msg1304491 date=1352
I agree with you to a point, but there some hispanics who would vote for Rubio to see the first hispanic president, just like their were many african americans who voted for Obama because of his color. If Rubio were the nominee the Republicans would get Florida back which they have to win in order to win an election. He would put Nevada and New Mexico in play also. Remember that in 2004 Bush had over 40% of the hispanic vote, so if the GOP ran a hispanic candidate they could possible top those numbers. Rubio would also bring out some hispanics who weren't likely voters just like Obama increased the % of black voters in the last 2 elections.
I completely disagree with you there and I think that you're missing the point. And, by the way, I think that very, very, very few people voted for Barack Obama because of his colour; probably less than voted for John McCain because of his.
The reason why George Bush carried so much more of the Hispanic vote than Mitt Romney wasn't because Mitt Romney was "less Hispanic" or anything of the sort. It was because George Bush supported more policies which Hispanic-Americans agreed with, including - but not limited to - comprehensive immigration reform.
Look at the exit polls. Hispanic-Americans overwhelmingly
support Obamacare. They favour comprehensive immigration reform which provides a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who are already in the United States. They support safety net programs like Medicare and Medicaid.
The GOP absolutely can win more of the Hispanic-American vote, but nominating Rubio doesn't automatically mean that they will. Yes, lots of Hispanic-Americans want to see a Hispanic-American President, but that doesn't mean they'll support one who doesn't actually agree with them on any of the issues. I can guarantee you right now; if Marco Rubio ran for President on the same platform that Mitt Romney just got slaughtered on, he would do very badly among Hispanic-Americans, certainly much worse than George W Bush did in 2004. Just as Sarah Palin ran on a Republican ticket which did worse than the GOP had among women in decades because although she may have been a woman, women didn't find her in any way representative of their issues.
To do better than Romney's failed campaign among Latinos, the GOP needs to;
1) Continue its thus far incredibly slow process of diversification. That means finding and promoting real minority talent as a matter of course, not just as a few token measures to show you can be diverse.
2) Begin to crack down on the very real element of racism within it.I you don't think this exists, fine, but you're part of the reason your party is getting killed among Hispanic-Americans. Just look at the Arizona immigration law and its supporters, or at the reaction to the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor.
3) Most importantly, change on policy
. You can nominate as many Hispanic-American candidates as you like, but they won't win Hispanic-American votes unless they actually speak to Hispanic-American issues and concerns. That starts - but by no means finishes- with immigration.