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Jindal: Liking people is key to expanding GOP Tent
By MICHELE SALCEDO
WASHINGTON (AP) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says the Republican Party needs to go back to basics to attract the broad coalition of voters credited with putting President Barack Obama back in the White House.
"If we want people to like us, we have to like them first," Jindal said on Fox News Sunday.
Former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez has a more nuts & bolts approach to bringing in some of the largest and fastest growing groups of Americans: He's forming a super PAC to support Republican candidates who back comprehensive immigration reform, including legalizing the status of an estimated 11 million immigrants in the U.S. without authorization.
The 2012 elections drove home trends that have been embedded for years in the fine print of birth and death rates, immigration statistics and census charts. Nonwhites made up 28% of the electorate this year, compared with 20% in 2000, with Hispanics comprising much of that growth. Obama captured a commanding 80% of the growing ranks of nonwhite voters in 2012, just as he did in 2008. Republican Mitt Romney won 59% of non-Hispanic whites, and although he dominated among white men - outperforming 2008 nominee John McCain among that group - he couldn't win.
Republicans have spent much of the time since the election wrestling with ways to appeal beyond their base of white men and married women. Nonetheless, in a conference call to big donors last week, Romney credited Obama's win to "extraordinary financial gifts from government" he said the president gave groups in his base coalition: Latinos, African-Americans and young people.
Both Jindal and Gutierrez backed Romney's bid for the White House, but distanced themselves from his post-election comments.
Jindal, the incoming chair of the Republican Governors Association and a potential presidential candidate in 2016, on Sunday said slighting people simply isn't good politics.
"You don't start to like people by insulting them and saying their votes were bought. We are an aspirational party," he said.
Jindal said the Republican Party needs to convince voters it is the party of the middle class and upward mobility. Its conservative principles "are good for every single voter" and it "has to campaign for every single vote," he added.
"We also don't need to be saying stupid things," Jindal said, referring to GOP Senate candidates in Missouri and Indiana who lost their races after comments about rape that were widely criticized.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, the GOP group's incoming vice chair, said also on Fox News Sunday that governors are key to bringing a diversity of voters to the GOP. Thirty states have elected Republican governors, an indication that "the trust factor is there."
"We've got a message that works for young people, that works for people who come to our country from other countries, and, basically for anyone who wants to live their piece of the American dream," Walker said. "I think that starts with our governors as great messengers."
Gutierrez, who served under President George W. Bush, said the country cannot grow without immigrants and the Republican Party is a natural home for them.
"We are the party of prosperity, of growth, of tolerance," Gutierrez said in remarks taped Friday for CNN's "State of the Union." ''These immigrants who come across, and what they do wrong is risk their lives, and they come here and they work because they want to be part of the American dream. That is what the GOP is."
Gutierrez said he is working with Charlie Spies, who created the largest super PAC supporting Mitt Romney, Restore Our Future, on a super PAC to back candidates that support "a path, a process for legalization of workers who are here undocumented."
"First they have to be legalized," Gutierrez said. "Then you have to find a way to get into a line for the green card. ... There will be requirements. And we'll have to negotiate some sort of requirements."
Gutierrez said Republicans for Immigration Reform is about people from all over the world, including Hispanics, Asians, West Africans and Ethiopians.
"If we get this right... the 21st century is ours," Gutierrez said, referring to the GOP. "If we get it wrong, shame on us. « Less
We need a party for what's right for America not for what they think will win. The votes will follow if you show your policies are what is what made this country great; those policies are the policies of our founding fathers. We can't shy from that; but, if we do we lose no matter who wins.
This moron wants to like 11million illegals into citizenship !!! Hey,nobody in America likes us and we don't like anybody in America so I have a bright idea. Let's just give 11Million illegals a free pass, and then we will have somebody who likes us...they'll like us...they'll really,really like us. What a couple of losers.
Yeah because he thinks it will get votes dumb idea! most people don't support that at all.
The GOP need to repudiate bad ideas to have my support - perpetual wars based on lies, empty talk about getting out the welfare state & exalting the corrupt
Mark, why would you want to support the GOP at all ? Same damn thing as supporting the Democrats.
What it boils down to... both "parties" giving to win votes. IMHO, this is not the way to win people over because once the giving is over, they will turn on you.
Jindal tries very hard to make people like him. If he wants people to like him, he should actually do what the people want... FOLLOW THE CONSTITUTION!
It's time for people to brush up on the 1986 amnesty failures and have them fresh in mind. The same promises/lies will soon be repeated.
As Plan B states ... who is liable? You'll see in 1986 who has been liable! We the people have paid the price. For every lie told, for every vote received from it.
1986, Ronald Reagan signed a sweeping immigration reform bill into law. It was sold as a crackdown: There would be tighter security at the Mexican border. But the bill also made any immigrant who'd entered the country before 1982 eligible for amnesty.
That the U.S. failed to regain control of the border — making the 1986 law's amnesty provision an incentive for others to come to America illegally — would have infuriated Reagan, Robinson says.
"But I think he would have felt taking those 3 million people and making them Americans was a success."
We were lied to! They're selling the same lie again. No amnesty. Secure our borders, like Every Other Country in the world does. Homeland Security is a farce when borders are open to all illegals. Domestic terrorism is a farce when they select candidates brought to this country illegally, propped up by shadow puppet masters.
The Republican Party is retarded. It does not believe that small government is better for the the average joe, so they try and use government to get perks for people.
We need a Ron Paul, that UNDERSTANDS free markets create prosperity, not the government, and not organizations.
Common sense. Not distractions. That's a platform!
What a radical idea :)
More of this Democrat Lite talk from a Republican. It's really absurd. If these guys actually feel this way then why don't they have the guts to do what Arlen Specter did and defect to the Democrat Party where they belong and leave us to run the Republican Party as it should be. Then Jindal was saying how ridiculous Romney's statements about Obama's give aways won him the election. Say what you want about Romney, not close to my first choice, but what he said was true.
More of this Democrat Lite talk from a Republican. It's really absurd. If these guys actually feel this way then why don't they have the guts to do what Arlen Specter did and defect to the Democrat Party where they belong and leave us to run the Republican Party as it should be. Then Jindal was saying how ridiculous Romney's statements about Obama's give aways won him the election. Say what you want about Romney, not close to my first choice, but what he said was true. The quicker the Republicans can come to terms with that the better off we all are. I'm not holding out any hope for that. What I want to see is these RINOs booted out and forced to join the Party they truly belong in instead of stinking up the Republican Party.
Here's a crazy thought someone should whisper in the ear of the party politicians. There's something you could give to all races and all classes to buy their votes.
It's call the Bill of Rights, the Constitution.
If they sell it right, it just might work!
Ramona, first we must convince 85% of them that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights exist and then get them to read it.
They should have to read it, AS they take their oath to it.
No more lip service.
I caught myself thinking about Jindal again today. My thought was how much of a pandering clown he is.
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