Last week I saw a video from the GOP House leadership reflecting on Hispanic Heritage Month. I thought that it was a great touch, but let’s be honest, the GOP and Hispanics aren’t necessarily on the best of terms right now, especially when party extremists are advocating for legislation that would be detrimental to many Hispanic families.
To be fair, the more moderate GOP members are beginning to understand the importance and clout of the Hispanic community here in the United States and are taking the issues important to the Latino community more seriously. The GOP has pledged to continue to work on immigration reform. Although, that is easier said than done, since many GOP members do not support a “path to citizenship” which many Democrats including President Obama are advocating for.
Anyhow here is the video from the House GOP, with appearances from House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, it also includes appearances from Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), who speaks Spanish in the video, and three other Hispanic members of the GOP conference. :
In response to the GOP video, OneMiamiNow, a South Florida Latino advocacy group, created a parody video highlighting some of the very issues and stances that Hispanics have come to resent from the GOP.
What’s your take on the GOP courting Hispanics? Are they just looking for votes for the upcoming 2014 mid-term elections? Or are they looking to set themselves up for a more decisive win come the 2016 presidential election? Or are they really looking to focus on issues that are important to Hispanics?