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Tags: 2016 | republicans | blacks | minorities

Daily Beast: GOP Building True 'Rainbow Coalition' for 2016

By    |   Tuesday, 18 November 2014 10:26 AM EST

While Democrats may talk more about "diversity" in the ranks on the national political stage, Republicans are building a broader and more ethically diverse group of players, The Daily Beast reports.

"Call it the GOP’s Rainbow Coalition," said the Beast in forecasting what a likely Republican presidential debate might look like with "two Hispanic Americans, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio; an African-American, Ben Carson; and an Indian-American, Bobby Jindal," plus "Jeb Bush, a Spanish-speaking former governor with a Mexican-born wife; and Rand Paul, a senator who has made appealing to Black voters a central part of his political identity" — all sharing the stage.

By contrast, a likely Democrat debate would feature presumed candidate Hillary Clinton "surrounded by a group of white guys," the Beast said.

The more inclusive GOP tent is miles away from 2010 when tea party interests were front and center, and marked efforts of the party to broaden its appeal as it moves ahead in a more modern alignment.

RNC chairman Michael Steele, who is black, said candidly that the GOP's outreach to minorities used to be "nothing more than a cocktail party and a photo op."

Now, party attitudes have improved to represent the nation's shifting demographics and to take the Republican message to voters who may now be more open to receiving it, Steele said.

Republicans have been working hard in advance of 2016 to appeal to minority voters, The Washington Post said. The focus will be on to "communities that have been reliable Democratic constituencies in modern years — black, Hispanic and LGBT voters," the Post reported.

Voting statistics show black voters, for example, have been engaged in greater numbers, with the highest turnout registered in 2012, according to the Post. By turn, the GOP's 2012 candidate Mitt Romney was only able to capture 6 percent of those votes, it said.

In an opinion piece published by CNN, Emory University law professor Dorothy A. Brown said Democrats cannot coast on the appeal of a black president in future races to draw black voters to the polls.

She said of the turnout in the 2014 midterms: "Early reporting shows that indeed Obama has not lost black support in the voting booth. About 90 of blacks voted Democratic in the 2014 midterm elections, roughly where they voted in 2012 and 2010," Brown said.

"A high percentage of black voters will likely always support this President. His experiences are like our experiences. He may be the President, but ... he's ... still ... black like us."

But, she warned, Democrats must protect their interests in future races if they want black voters to show up at the polls.

"The midterms do not bode well for the Democrats in 2016.

"In 2016 when President Obama is no longer at the top of the ticket helping to get out the black vote out, Democrats will have a different problem. If they lose, maybe they will blame that on President Obama as well."

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While Democrats may talk more about "diversity" in the ranks on the national political stage, Republicans are building a broader and more ethically diverse group of players, The Daily Beast reports.
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Tuesday, 18 November 2014 10:26 AM
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