Future of Republican Party following 2012 election
Will race mean change for GOP?
- Duration 4:56
- Date Nov 7, 2012
Will race mean change for GOP?
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So this morning in the aftermath of the election they're all kinds of questions about the future of the GOP after president Obama's reelection victory.
Some say the Republican Party has a lot of work to do to keep up with the changing demographics of this country.
Let's talk about -- what Juan Williams a Fox News political analyst Mary Katharine Ham editor at large ipodder dot com also a Fox News contributor.
One picked Florida for instance we don't know where that state ultimately is going to get to end up but if you take Florida Virginia -- Colorado.
Nevada those are states that used to be reliably conservative.
And seem to have gone into the well but it all went into the Obama category this time we don't know about Florida yet he changed those around you've got a different president.
Well I think in large part it was the presence of the Latino vote as a significant block.
And I think this is part of the changing face of America in general and the population.
But in the specific context of last night's election if the changing face the American electorate.
And you take a state like Florida.
You know he used to be -- think -- -- the Cuban Americans but as we just heard now you're talking about Puerto Ricans people coming from all over Latin America.
And they are not reliably.
Republican voters in fact last night Cuban Americans went for Romney but the rest of that Latino population.
Way outnumbered them and went heavily for President Obama.
And you know this is reflected vetting and questions like you know that do you care.
Which -- it -- about people like me.
Is going to reflect my interest and her Hispanics who.
Where one percentage point more in turn out -- they were -- eight the answer was overwhelmingly Barack Obama.
Mary -- Hispanics tend to be socially conservative does the does the Republican Party have no appeal.
You know I think there's an appeal to be made that's not being made but look I think.
Obama ran I think not a feel good campaign that ended up being good enough and the reason it was good enough was largely because of -- some of these demographics.
Switches in shifts in these swing states I think the GOP.
Has known this is a growing problem for them but and that's actually one of the reasons that -- event.
Bush worked together during Bush's turn to try to get comprehensive immigration reform done.
They thought that that was the play for these voters.
But they've noticed coming for a while I think it got a concerted stave it off -- I thought that the electorate would frankly look -- a little bit more of a mix between.
2010 in 2008.
And it did like 2008 it ended up looking like 2008 fewer.
-- -- -- white voters here independents and so.
Rock and I was able to build this firewall growing when it ended Hispanic voters and black voters in these important states which meant that he -- Lose independents in a place like Ohio or.
-- in independence in Wisconsin is it's very -- it's a problem.
And in a state like Florida I was astounded to read one that there are nearly a quarter million more Hispanic and black voters in Florida.
This time around than there were just four years ago and that's president made his real inroads.
Well that was.
Here that's -- strategic I'm so glad you point out -- I think that's really insightful for people who are watching to understand.
That it wasn't just that that the president went back and got the 2008.
Numbers from the same group of people they were more of those voters Latinos.
But also young women -- young people and he therefore was able to tap into an increasing pool of voters so if you think about it.
Again it was older white voters.
Over 65 overwhelmingly for Romney.
Of all colors but -- heavily of minorities heavily for Barack Obama.
One of those groups is -- the electorate the other is pushing into their middle middle years and -- greater power in the electorate so that's why the Republican Party.
It's gonna have to figure out how to deal with this strategically or.
Find themselves pushed out and and all the upcoming presidential race and Mary Katharine give me a 22 answer to a four year question how -- they -- Well I think -- that the bottle the good news is that on the on the bench sort of the rising stars the Republican Party -- rubio Ted.
Crews and -- senate.
Nikki Haley and South Carolina women and minorities Susanna Martinez who are going to -- Needed to communicate this message and have to do with a friendly face and I think -- capable of doing that many of them very good politicians.
You know it's not easy because John McCain and George Bush probably put more on line politically for immigration reform then.
I think than Barack Obama and yet this is where the tide is leanings and it does appeal to -- made and it has been made to -- to go to those voters and there hasn't been enough of that going on.
Mary Katharine Ham and Juan Williams could -- thing.