Gov. Rick Perry on future of GOP
How can party reach out to Hispanic voters?
- Duration 5:53
- Date Dec 5, 2012
How can party reach out to Hispanic voters?
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-- rising Republican stars outlining their visions for the party's future at a dinner honoring the late congressman Jack Kemp last night.
Florida senator Marco Rubio saying limited government is the way to strengthen the middle classes have been important for the GOP consider.
And Wisconsin -- Paul Ryan urging his fellow Republicans to reach out to -- broader group of Americans.
Tend to divide Americans into our voters and they -- voters.
Let's be really clear Republicans must steer far clear of that trapped.
We need to speak to the aspirations.
We must speak to the aspirations and the anxieties of every American.
I believe we can turn on the engines of upward mobility.
So that no one is left out from the promise of America.
It's going to require though.
A bold departure from the approach that government has taken over the last five decades.
A bold departure let's talk to Texas governor former -- -- Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry.
Governor what what do you think about that a -- departure do you agree with that first of all on what would that look like.
For many years in Texas we've been now working with the folks on both sides of the aisle and -- -- out.
Approximately 40% of the Hispanic vote in the and that so.
-- there's hollows have been practice snap for a long time and and certainly I think it's a wise.
Message into this one that I've brought to the discussion.
During the presidential.
Nominating process that.
You know you we need to be talking about.
Issues we be talking about.
Faith and family and and how you strengthen.
Those and how you strengthen an economy and and so.
In the end if that's not why you are interested in -- you may not believe.
One of the strong supporters of our party but.
I will suggested he had that there whether it's African American or Hispanic or Asian or Anglo.
That we talk about.
Those issues of how to strengthen.
Your family to give them the dignity of the job and that's the most powerful message out there.
Worked pretty well -- for.
A decade you mentioned the 40% voted for saying that that you've received.
What's preventing you from getting more.
What I think is is there have been there the Hispanic vote transitions.
To the the middle class in particular Orleans upper middle class and as there is they become substantially more financially.
Ed and -- an -- and that then they start looking at.
Where is all -- mind.
Money that I'm supposed to be making going in his hand and as they make that decision they -- -- know who mr.
five -- is at stake in this.
Big chunk of their money away that they're making whether it's enough.
And going gas fields of of south Texas and very high it.
Populated Hispanic area of of of Texas.
And and those individuals -- becoming very very upwardly mobile from a monetary standpoint so.
I think there's over real opportunity for those people to come Republicans.
It's interesting you say that because if your premise is correct -- -- seen the growth in Texas in the economy.
Then Texas should have no problem staying a Republican state.
If your premise is correct of course I was reading in the New Yorker Magazine of all magazine story about Texas governor's -- about Ted -- that texas' first -- you know senator -- lack of course.
And he says -- Hispanic support the Republican Party would cease to exist intact says.
And he says if Republicans do not do better and Hispanic community in a few short years Republicans will no longer being the majority party of the state.
Do you see that as a real possibility.
Well I see it as a possibility if if people were just completely and absolutely turn their back on.
That particular segment is a growing sentiment the -- are going to and we're going to be out.
Engaged in recruiting.
Young Hispanics to.
That power of of moving upwardly mobile in in an economy.
Is it that recruiting actual people let's say more Hispanic politicians or is it about a different policy perspective for the Republican Party -- well I think it's.
I think it's probably both at the national level.
But I think it's important for us that are in position to be able to.
For instance I put the first Latina on the Supreme Court -- -- is I've nominated the first Latina secretary of state for four and a half years hope and erratic.
Was our secretary of state in the state of Texas and so it's not just about.
You know lip service it's about.
Actions behind those words as well which we've done in the -- taxes and and you elevated the Hispanic.
Opportunities in that state not only economically but by allowing them to participate.
In our government as well.
They started out his conversation Paul Ryan mentioned five decades of government.
-- that he says that that need to change in his opinion you've been in Texas politics for seventeen years now and -- look what what's next for you hole.
We got a legislative session for the next us six months that's where my focus is making sure that we continue to keep taxes is the best place to live and raise a family and to our own business.
I've failing Texas I can't argue with that other -- has been I may not -- Go go home tonight Fred and it -- San Francisco -- -- California you get a shout out tip.
Governors I have -- talent that is going to be -- think at times daily -- from the -- into the actually well great.
Well and my wife's from Dallas and we're gonna be had and they're just so we cannot be wearing -- they have -- right at the -- like -- but you know wearing -- boots today.
I was reading some -- -- a lot none of New York City its New York okay.