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Carson Has Right Ideas for GOP to Win in 2016

Wednesday, 04 February 2015 10:44 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Probably the last thing on the minds of most contenders for the GOP nomination — except for Dr. Ben Carson — is winning over minority voters.

The first goal is to lock up major donors, the second is to get the nomination. Of course, the third is winning in November 2016.

The question is how to win. The answer came from Dr. Ben Carson, himself in the 2016 GOP presidential hunt.

He recently wrote, “The Republican Party is in serious trouble . . . Without winning over minority voters, it will be nearly impossible for the GOP to win another presidential election — leaving the future of conservatism in serious jeopardy.”

Carson’s words appeared in a fundraising letter for Black America’s Political Action Committee (BAMPAC) a black conservative political group with an outstanding record of support for conservative candidates and principles. Carson has chosen the right messenger.

BAMPAC specializes in getting the conservative message to minority communities and supporting candidates — regardless of color — who share its commitment to its basic principles, including: school choice vouchers, charter schools, and home schooling; the sanctity of life and opposition to government funded and partial-birth abortions; and providing tax cuts and other financial incentives for entrepreneurs to revitalize urban areas.

It’s endorsed candidates in the 2014 elections included, Mia Love, R-Utah, Tim Scott, R-S.C., Maryland Governor and Lt. Governor Larry Hogan and Boyd Rutherford respectively; and Ed Gillespie for Governor of Virginia.

His point that, “most minorities have never heard the truth about conservatism” is valid.
In most cases, GOP candidates do not even attempt to engage minority communities, especially blacks. If they do, it is in the last weeks before an election to show “we are not racist" — too late. The obvious question, “Where have you been for the last few years?”
As I wrote in this space recently, Jeb Bush had it right when he said, “Many voters are simply unwilling to choose our candidates because (they) feel unloved, unwanted and unwelcome in our party.”

Carson obviously agrees with Bush concluding his letter with, “You and I must begin reaching out to minority voters immediately. …”

When have we ever heard a Republican, black or white, ever say that — especially at this stage of the presidential sweepstakes?

Hopefully, more of the 2016 GOP contenders will make reaching out to minorities — Asians, blacks and Hispanics — a key part of their agendas. School choice, sanctity of life, strong families, and urban revitalization resonate strongly among these voter groups, just as it does with tea party conservatives. It will also send a message — “We care.”

So why do what Carson is asking? As he tells potential BAMPAC contributors, “…even a 5 percent increase in minority votes for conservatives could stop a Democratic victory in 2016.”

Hats off to him for reminding the GOP in these early days of candidate contention, that no matter whom the nominee is, if they repeat the dreadful 2012 performance with minorities in 2016, it will be all over — again.

He sure makes a lot of sense. Will the others listen? Will he become the conscience of the GOP on outreach? Will they follow his roadmap?

As he might say, “this is not brain surgery."

Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations consulting firm in Florida. He held several positions in the Reagan administration as well as in the Reagan presidential campaigns and has appeared on many national and local media outlets. Read more reports from Clarence V. McKee — Click Here Now.


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Hats off to him for reminding the GOP in these early days of candidate contention, that no matter whom the nominee is, if they repeat the dreadful 2012 performance with minorities in 2016, it will be all over — again.
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