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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Conservative's Alienating Hispanics?

I read a recent article highlighting that the Republican Candidates are alienating Hispanics. The article alluded to most of the candidates stances on the path to citizenship issue for illegal aliens already in this country.

In major Hispanic states like New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Florida and Texas some pundits are speculating that Republicans may only garner 8% of the Hispanic vote.

While it is true that during the Republican primary, candidates tend to run to the far right to attract their base, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, a Republican, has warned the candidates to watch what they say and how they say it. I don't think there is a Republican candidate who favors letting illegals go to the front of the citizenship line, however, I think all candidates support fast track citizenship for aliens who honorable serve in the military.

Hispanics will account for roughly 30 percent of the population by 2050, doubling their political power. In 2008, President Barack Obama's won 67 percent of the Hispanic vote in the general election to 31 percent for Republican John McCain. Compare that to 2004 when Democratic nominee John Kerry won Hispanics by 53 percent to 44 percent for Bush, a Texan who focused heavily on attracting Hispanics.

You know, I have to agree that Republicans are alienating some Hispanics. They are alienating the ones who think it is their right to immigrant illegally; steal identities; sign up for and obtain welfare in many different forms that they did not contribute to; and protests at events carrying Mexican flags.

The Hispanics that Conservatives are not alienating believe in family values; individual responsibility; and, that the U.S. provides "a right to pursue happiness" not a "right to happiness".

Ask N.M. Governor Susana Martinez, FL Senator Marco Rubio and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, to name a few, on why they are conservatives as opposed to being Democrats.

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