Sunday, December 4, 2011

McCain: GOP Should Address Immigration Humanely

Is the softer, gentler John McCain of the McCain-Kennedy era resurfacing?

Peter Schroeder writes for the Hill:
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said his home state and others could be "up for grabs" in the 2012 presidential election, due in large part to the growing numbers of Hispanic voters and warned GOP candidates to watch their rhetoric on immigration issues.

"The demographics are clear that the Hispanic vote will play a major role in national elections," he said on CNN's "State of the Union."

However, higher numbers of Hispanic voters does not guarantee Obama an edge according to McCain, who said the president’s failure to fullfill some campaign promises on immigration makes that voting bloc competitive.

McCain said Republican candidates will need to strike a "careful balance" on immigration when trying to court those voters.

“The Republican Party has to discuss this in as humane a way as possible," he said.

"We have to have empathy, we have to have concern and we have to have a plan," McCain added. “But at the same time, to say that we are going to have insecure borders … that’s not the message we want to send."

The most recent GOP candidate predicted that New Mexico, Colorado, and even Texas could become competitive battlegrounds in presidential elections. Read more...


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