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- 01-28-2012, 11:15 AM #1
Jeb Bush weighs in - 'Inexcusable' language on immigration alienating Latino voters
'Inexcusable' language on immigration alienating Latino voters, Republicans told
guardian.co.uk, Saturday 28 January 2012 07.24 EST
Florida senator Marco Rubio and former governor Jeb Bush warn party's frontrunners not to use 'harsh and intolerable' language
The Republican former governor Jeb Bush said: 'Hispanic people hear these debates and I think you turn them off.' Photograph: Wilfredo Lee/AP
Senior Republicans including the brother of the former president George Bush have warned the party to avoid using "harsh, intolerable and inexcusable" language about illegal immigration or risk alienating Latino voters.
The Florida senator, Marco Rubio, and the state's former governor Jeb Bush made their appeal before Tuesday's primary, being contested by Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.
The Republican frontrunners clashed over illegal immigration in a debate earlier this week. The issue is emotive in Florida, which has the third largest Latino population in America.
Latinos make up 13% of Florida's 11.2 million registered voters, according to data from the Florida Division of Elections, compiled by the Pew Hispanic Center.
"We must admit there are those among us that have used rhetoric that is harsh and intolerable and inexcusable," Rubio said in a speech at the Hispanic Leadership Network in Miami on Friday.
"And we must admit, myself included, that sometimes we've been too slow to condemn that language for what it is."
Both Gingrich and Romney have courted the Latino community in Florida and aired commercials in Spanish, but many Floridian voters are upset by hardline measures proposed by Republicans to curb immigration in other states such as Arizona and Texas.
The US is home to an estimated 14 million illegal immigrants, but many US citizens have been "illegal" at some point in their lives.
Some Republican leaders have introduced legislation to prevent the provision of services to illegal immigrants, the majority of whom are Hispanic.
Bush also urged Republicans to temper their comments. "Hispanic people hear these debates and I think you turn them off. It's not a good thing," he said.
Romney and Gingrich exchanged remarks about illegal immigration during their televised debate in Jacksonville on Thursday. The exchanges centred on an ad Gingrich put out which described Romney as "anti-immigrant".
Gingrich withdrew the ad on Wednesday after leading Latino Republican politicians described it as offensive, but stood by it in the debate.
Romney called on Gingrich to apologise, describing the ad as "inexcusable and inflammatory and inappropriate" – unusual language for the normally buttoned-up candidate. He said it was "simply the kind of over-the-top rhetoric that has characterised American politics for too long".
Gingrich, who has proposed a humane approach to illegal immigrants, stood his ground, insisting Romney was the most anti-immigrant of the four candidates fighting for the Republican nomination.
Nearly one-third of eligible Hispanic voters in Florida are of Cuban descent, while 28% are of Puerto Rican origin. Mexican Americans, who account for nearly 60% of Hispanic eligible voters nationwide, represent 9% of Florida voters.
In 2008, Barack Obama won more than half of Florida's Hispanic vote, although polls suggest Hispanic voters have become disillusioned with the president.
Source: 'Inexcusable' language on immigration alienating Latino voters, Republicans told | World news | guardian.co.ukU.S. Constitution - Article IV, Section 4: GUARANTEES AMERICA FROM INVASION!
- 01-28-2012, 11:18 AM #2
The 2012 Latino vote (not going to be Republican)
(VIDEO AT SOURCE)
But guess what: No way will any of us vote for the Republicans in 2012.U.S. Constitution - Article IV, Section 4: GUARANTEES AMERICA FROM INVASION!
- 01-28-2012, 11:45 AM #3
The Latinos their alienating aren't legally allowed to vote anyway and besides that how do you alienate an alien? Jeb is a globalist just like the rest of the family....Never give up! Never surrender! Never compromise your values!*
NO MORE ROTHSCHILD STOOGES IN PUBLIC OFFICE!!!
- 01-28-2012, 12:41 PM #4NO AMNESTY
DON'T REWARD THE CRIMINAL ACTIONS OF MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS
BY GIVING THEM CITIZENSHIP
- 01-28-2012, 01:10 PM #5
- 01-28-2012, 01:30 PM #6
How about not insulting American citizens, I personally know Americans of Mexican heritage that resent being lumped in with illegals. I grow more tired of the Bush family each time they speak and baby Jeb is moving into a position to run now or in 2016, looks like Romney may be another throw away as was McCain.
Rubio is simply another "historic" candidate. Morals, values,love of country doesn't mean anything only an addition rung on the minority ladder is important to the New York media idiots.
I've always voted in all elections sometimes hold my nose as I went in
but if Jeb boy runs that is it for me, I simply won't vote and understand America is lost.I'm old with many opinions few solutions.
- 01-28-2012, 01:35 PM #7
- Join Date
- Sep 2010
- somewhere near Mexico I reckon!
Rubio is no better then "Jeb!" telling dreamers "Wait let me finish! I'm not who you think I am!" guess he's not who we thought he was either!
- 01-28-2012, 02:16 PM #8
- 01-28-2012, 02:23 PM #9
- 01-28-2012, 07:57 PM #10
NO MORE BUSHES as President....EVER. Put it in the Constitution.