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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

GOP Hopefuls Skip Out on Yet Another Minority Community Debate

posted by on October 30 at 21:03 PM

While the Democrats are busy debating, the Republicans are not. Well, at least not for minority audiences.

Last month, PBS hosted a Republican presidential candidates’ debate at historically black college in Baltimore — and all of the top four GOP candidates decided to skip it. This followed close on the heels of a Univision-hosted Republican debate in Miami on Latino issues — which was cancelled when all but one candidate declined invitations. The National Council of La Raza asked Republican candidates to address its annual conference in July, but none showed up. The National Association of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials extended similar invitations to the entire GOP field, but only Duncan Hunter agreed to attend.

Minority communities are beginning to think that maybe, just maybe, Republican presidential hopefuls aren’t exactly attentive to their concerns.

Given all the attention this has received, the field would be crazy to skip the Congressional Black Caucus Institute’s debate, right? Well….The Congressional Black Caucus Institute announced in September that it had scheduled a debate for November 4 on Fox News for Republican presidential candidates. But a spokeswoman for the group confirmed to the Huffington Post that it has now been postponed, with no new date set. […]

Courtesy of Carpetbagger

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Duncan Hunter? Who the hell?

Posted by exelizabeth | October 30, 2007 9:32 PM

I wonder if the Republican Party will realize that pursuing rural/exurban white guys at the expense of every other demographic is not a strategy that will keep them in power in the next couple decades.

I sure hope they don't.

Posted by tsm | October 30, 2007 10:05 PM

Duncan Hunter got in the race to out race-bait Tancredo didn't he?

Posted by vooodooo84 | October 30, 2007 10:47 PM

Yeah, why try and even fake it anymore. At least Bush spoke broken Spanish.

At the same time, the R's will push big for the soccer moms and suburbanites with fear, fear, fear. Fear of Islam, fear of terroism, fear of *those* people coming to your neighborhood, fear of not being able to drive your SUV and of course fear of the fags.

Posted by Dave Coffman | October 30, 2007 10:53 PM

Republicans only like rich white people. Why would they waste their time talking to minorities?

Posted by monkey | October 31, 2007 6:32 AM

Bush's Spanish is even worse than his English.

Posted by Original Andrew | October 31, 2007 11:50 AM

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