Somewhere, Whit Ayres Is Scratching His Head

Here’s the premise, laid-down by Republican pollster Whit Ayres: the GOP presidential nominee will need to take at least 45% of the Latino vote to win the White House in 2016.

That’s a tall order, considering Mitt Romney won just 27% of this voting bloc in 2012 and John McCain did just slightly better in 2008, winning 31%. So naturally the Republican Party has studied why they’ve done poorly with Hispanics in presidential elections, most recently in a postmortem after the 2012 election.

“We must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform. If we do not, our Party’s appeal will continue to shrink to its core constituencies only,” wrote the authors of the report from the RNC. “If Hispanic Americans hear that the GOP doesn’t want them in the United States, they won’t pay attention to our next sentence. It doesn’t matter what we say about education, jobs or the economy.

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WaPo: Scott Waffler’s “stances on immigration issues have moved back and forth”

Walker’s stances on immigration issues have moved back and forth in recent weeks — moves labeled a subtle evolution by his supporters and flip-flopping by detractors. The shifts underscore how the Wisconsin governor is still solidifying his views on national policy issues, while also trying to please a wide range of Republicans who often don’t agree on issues such as immigration.

Two years ago, Walker said that it “makes sense” to grant citizenship to some of the millions of undocumented workers already in the country. By earlier this year, his position had changed, with Walker saying in March: “I don’t believe in amnesty” for those in the country illegally.

Washington Post: What does Scott Walker believe on immigration?

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MEMO: What To Expect In Nashua

TO: Interested Parties
FROM: Brad Woodhouse, President, American Bridge 21st Century
RE: What to Expect in Nashua
DATE: April 17, 2015

Republican presidential candidates are descending like a swarm of locusts on Nashua, New Hampshire, this weekend for the NHGOP’s First in the Nation Leadership Summit. With more than 20 candidate events scheduled in addition to Friday and Saturday’s speaking slots, American Bridge will be working overtime to document every word from targeted candidates and continue our work holding Republicans accountable for their extreme positions and words. Here’s what we’re expecting to hear.

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VIDEO: El Sueño de Marco Rubio es una Pesadilla para los Hispanos

Marco Rubio’s “New American Century” is premised on his ability, as a young Latino legislator, to expand the shrinking GOP electorate. But 15 years in, this country and its Hispanic community have clearly left Rubio behind. As American Bridge highlighted on Monday, Rubio is stuck between a rock and a hard place with two constituencies he needs to win: Latinos and Tea Party conservatives. And as only a pandering politician like Rubio could, he’s somehow managed to alienate them both.

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No one is happy with Marco Rubio on immigration

Marco Rubio’s first day as an official candidate didn’t go very well. He’s facing heated criticism for backtracking on his immigration reform bill after tying his political fortune to its success. Rubio is stuck between a rock and a hard place with two constituencies he needs to support him: Latinos and tea party conservatives.

Tea Partiers are unhappy with Rubio’s key role in immigration reform and will never forgive him. At the same time, four out of five Latino voters oppose Rubio’s immigration stance, as American Bridge pointed out this weekend, and they’re feeling abandoned by the senator.

Mark Murray from NBC has it right: Immigration is “toxic” for the Rubio campaign. This is one issue that isn’t going away.

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MEMO: Scott Walker Refusing to Answer Questions after Doubling Down on Extreme Positions

As Scott Walker gets closer and closer to announcing his run for president, he’s doubling down on extreme positions that are taking him closer and closer to the right wing conservative base. On top of that, he’s avoiding answering press questions on these positions because he only wants to talk about them to extreme audiences who share his views. In just the past couple weeks, he avoided answering press questions at CPAC in late February, after a speech to the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce last week, at the Iowa Ag Summit this past weekend, and after signing his disastrous right-to-work bill in Wisconsin yesterday.

Since Scott Walker won’t talk about his positions, we’re happy to fill the void. Here’s what Walker has been up to lately:

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MEMO: GOP Candidates Paying Steve King’s Ransom for Primary?

It goes to show just how sharply the Republican party has moved to the right that serious presidential hopefuls are spending today kissing Steve King’s ring.

Chris Christie calls anti-immigrant crusader King “a very good friend” but he hasn’t said if he supports the federal DREAM Act, and he hasn’t said if he’d repeal the president’s executive action on immigration.  And Scott Walker?  Silent on the federal DREAM Act as well.

But even without answering those questions their actions are going to have consequences, because general election voters also happen to have eyes and ears.

American Bridge is going to hold these candidates accountable all election cycle, and after appearing on the stump with people that say things like this, it will be crystal clear to voters where they stand.

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