Rand Paul has done what the 2012 Republican nominee for president failed to do: take a stance on immigration that makes sense, appeals to Latinos and doesn’t alienate the Tea Party base.
It’s going to take facts and concrete actions—not words or tone—for the true leaders in the GOP to bring Hispanics into the fold, to make them feel included and invested.
When prominent Hispanics took to the stage during the Republican Convention, the GOP may have finally accomplished the first step in winning back Latino voters. But while Romney and company have nailed the first part, now it’s time for them to get working on the second part.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio claims his parents fled Cuba, “after the Castro take-over.” It’s an inspiring American story—a son of political refugees becoming a US Senator. But that’s all it is—a story. It’s not reality.
Some on the right are saying that Jon Stewart’s jokes about Herman Cain are racist. As someone who has been on the receiving end of Jon’s jokes for a long time, I was thin-skinned enough to think that I was a target due to my ethnicity—I was wrong, and so are Jon’s critics on the right. Jon is an “equal opportunity” satirist.
Jon Huntsman—former Utah governor and President Obama’s ambassador to China—kicked off his presidential campaign with a pledge to remain civil. Unfortunately, I don’t think that the other candidates will let that happen.