Several top Republican figures, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, are meeting in Miami Friday to work on bringing more Hispanics into the Republican Party for next year’s elections, knowledgeable sources tell Politico
The GOP’s problem was illustrated vividly by President Barack Obama’s crushing 71 to 27 percent victory over Mitt Romney among Latinos in November, according to exit polls.
The Hispanic Leadership Network (HLN), a conservative group focused on attracting Hispanics to the GOP, is sponsoring the meeting.
Aside from Bush, the attendee list is expected to include former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and Fred Malek, chairman of the board of the American Action Forum and finance chairman of the Republican Governors Association. HLN Executive Director Jennifer Korn, former Texas Rep. Quico Canseco, and former U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin are expected to be there too.
Last month HLN and polling firm Resurgent Republic released an analysis saying, “Republicans face some major challenges among Hispanic Americans, problems that will not be resolved just by passing immigration reform legislation. Years of harsh rhetoric and punitive policies will not be undone overnight.”
Also in December, Dante Chinni wrote in an ABC News analysis, “the Republican Party's problem with Hispanic voters is not only big, it is growing and becoming a problem in areas that are crucial to winning statewide and national elections.”
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