Friday, September 30, 2011
Latino voters were a large reason why Barack Obama was able to win the 2008 election so overwhelmingly. But Obama's approval ratings have been down lately, leaving some to wonder if the GOP can entice Latinos away from Obama and get them voting Republican in 2012.
"Latinos are naturally Republican," according to Gustavo Arellano, author of the syndicated column Ask a Mexican. "They really believe in small government, a big chunk of them do not like gays and lesbians. But at least out here in California, the Republican Party -- ever since 1994 -- they've turned off a generation, if not two generations, of Latinos with their anti-Mexican rhetoric."
That may be changing. "Hispanics over the next generation are going to continue to trend more toward the right," according to Leslie Sanchez, author of "Los Republicanos: Why Hispanics and Republicans Need Each Other," and former adviser to George W. Bush. "A lot of that has to do with the fact that you're seeing the acculturation, the assimilation, the economic upward mobility." Read more...