This one’s a day old….
But points out that Jeb Bush (Like his OLDER Brother George Bush) doesn’t look at the immigration issue in the same view as a lot of his party members……
The former Florida Governor’s wife is Mexican-American, so he’s gonna have a personal view at the issue….
That view was his bothers , who ALSO had to content with the hard Right view on the subject….
The hard right view has made any chances of Mitt Romney making inroads on the Latino vote all but impossible….
The former Florida Republican governor spoke at a Washington Post/Bloomberg breakfast in Tampa on Thursday morning, and said that while he does not favor President Obama’s recent executive order which stopped the deportation of certain young illegal immigrants, he does support the DREAM Act, a measure stalled in Congress which would grant legal residency and a path to citizenship for young people brought into the country illegally in their youth.
“Having a solution to the fact that we have all of these young people, many of whom are making great contributions, don’t have a connection to their – to their parents’ former country, yeah, of course I’m for it,” Bush said.
Immigration has been a tricky issue for the GOP, which is populated with political figures who have adopted strict, hard-line postures that some in the moderate wing of the party worry will alienate a fast-growing Hispanic population that could play an increasingly influential role in electoral politics.
Bush offered a warning for immigration hard-liners: Their message is not a winner.
“The interesting thing is that the most vociferous anti-immigrant kind of candidates lose. Probably have noticed, but they lose in primaries, they lose in general elections,” he said.
For Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, immigration has been a difficult issue to navigate. The conservative base of the GOP opposes a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. At the same time, Romney can’t afford to alienate Hispanic voters. So, he haslargely refrained from saying much about it.
Earlier this year, Bush urged Romney to broaden his message when it comes to immigration, and to “make it an economic issue as much as it is a question of the rule of law.”
When it comes to Hispanic voters, Bush said the issues that are atop the minds of other voters – jobs and the economy – are also the ones they care most about. But immigration is still important, Bush said Thursday, because addressing it is one way of building credibility with the Hispanic community.
“It’s a gateway issue, because it’s an issue that allows you … [to] show some sensitivity, it allows you to be heard,” he said. “And I think that’s kind of the right way to look at it, that it’s, it’s an issue that has relevance…..
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