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by Mark Krikorian
February 19, 2013

Plouffe on Immigration and the GOP


Republicans may not like David Plouffe very much, but he did help get Obama elected, twice. And he certainly gets Hispanic politics better than the GOP brain trust. Hereís an excerpt from a piece in Sundayís NYT magazine:

But, I asked Plouffe, wasnít the G.O.P. just one postmodern presidential candidate ó say, a Senator Marco Rubio ó away from getting back into the game?


Pouncing, he replied: ďLet me tell you something. The Hispanic voters in Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico donít give a damn about Marco Rubio, the Tea Party Cuban-American from Florida. You know what? We won the Cuban vote! And itís because younger Cubans are behaving differently than their parents. Itís probably my favorite stat of the whole campaign. So this notion that Marco Rubio is going to heal their problems ó itís not even sophomoric; itís juvenile!

And by the way: the bigger problem theyíve got with Latinos isnít immigration. Itís their economic policies and health care. The group that supported the presidentís health care bill the most? Latinos


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