REPUBLICANS

GOP Not Interested in Playing Up Racial Differences with Democrats

Candidates condemn Planned Parenthood shooting but refuse to link it to antiabortion rhetoric.

Zach Montellaro
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Zach Montellaro
Nov. 30, 2015, 8:04 a.m.

“After years of de­rid­ing Demo­crats for di­vid­ing Amer­ic­ans in­to hy­phen­ated sub­groups, Re­pub­lic­ans face a tan­tal­iz­ing and vex­ing pro­spect this year. With two sons of Cuban im­mig­rants,” Sens. Marco Ru­bio (R-FL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), “join­ing a famed Afric­an Amer­ic­an” re­tired neurosur­geon Ben Car­son (R), “near the top of the polls, they have a unique op­por­tun­ity to reach out to minor­it­ies as the party has long wanted to.”

“Some party of­fi­cials say the Re­pub­lic­ans’ more di­verse field of can­did­ates — es­pe­cially in con­trast to the Demo­crats’ all-white list — is evid­ence of con­ser­vat­ism’s broad­en­ing ap­peal. But oth­ers, loath to ad­opt the iden­tity polit­ics they as­so­ci­ate with lib­er­al­ism, main­tain that the fo­cus must stay on con­ser­vat­ive ideas rather than the eth­ni­city of the people tout­ing them.”

Former Rep. J.C. Watts (R-OK): “The fact that you have Lati­nos and a black among the lead­ing can­did­ates is just co­in­cid­ence. … It doesn’t speak to what’s be­neath the sur­face. We’re still not talk­ing about the con­cerns of that young black couple start­ing a busi­ness or that young His­pan­ic fam­ily. … Where are our solu­tions to deal with in­car­cer­a­tion re­form, un­em­ploy­ment, the trouble blacks and His­pan­ics have get­ting home mort­gages? Re­pub­lic­ans who ig­nore Fer­guson and Bal­timore and Black Lives Mat­ter are re­fus­ing to hear the depths of what people are ex­per­i­en­cing.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

CON­DEMNING THE SHOOT­ING. Sev­er­al pres­id­en­tial can­did­ates “con­demned the at­tack on a Planned Par­ent­hood fa­cil­ity in Col­or­ado Springs but stopped short of agree­ing with lib­er­al crit­ics who say that fiery an­ti­abor­tion rhet­or­ic con­trib­uted to the shoot­ing.”

Former HP CEO Carly Fior­ina (R): “It’s ob­vi­ously a tragedy. Noth­ing jus­ti­fies this. … Any pro­test­ers should al­ways be peace­ful. Wheth­er it’s Black Lives Mat­ter or pro-life pro­test­ers.” Car­son and real es­tate mogul Don­ald Trump (R) both called it an act of ex­trem­ism.

Fior­ina went on to re­ject com­ments from pro-choice act­iv­ists that the pro-life move­ment’s rhet­or­ic caused the shoot­ing: “This is so typ­ic­al of the left to im­me­di­ately be­gin de­mon­iz­ing a mes­sen­ger be­cause they don’t agree with the mes­sage.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

FIL­ING FOR IDAHO. Five Re­pub­lic­ans - Trump, former Flor­ida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), Ru­bio, Car­son, and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) - have filed for Idaho’s March 8 primary.

The dead­line for the re­main­ing can­did­ates to file is Dec. 9. (Twin Falls Times-News)

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