Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, whose wife Columba is from Mexico, has written about the the importance of Hispanic voters in the presidential campaign. In an opinion piece for The Washington Post, Bush says the Republican Party must do a better job to bring Hispanics into the GOP tent.
In the 15 states that are likely to decide who controls the White House and the Senate in 2013, Hispanic voters will represent the margin of victory.
For the Republican Party, the stakes could not be greater. Just eight years after the party’s successful effort to woo Hispanic voters in 2004, this community — the fastest-growing group in the United States, according to census data — has drifted away.
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(Republicans) need to recognize this is not a monochromatic community but, rather, a deeply diverse one. . .Some came here 50 years ago to make a better life; others came last year. Some have lots of education, some have none. The traditional Republican emphasis on the importance of the individual has never been more relevant. . . Like all voters, Hispanics respond to candidates who show respect and understanding for their experiences.
Bush goes on to talk about how Republicans can engage Hispanics on issues involving business, education and immigration. Visit the Washington Post here to read the rest of Bush's comments.
One thing is missing - Bush still does not endorse a candidate in the GOP Florida primary.
That seems pointlessly odd.