Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), “whose parents are from Cuba, and” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), “whose father was born in Cuba, are competing to be the first Hispanic in the White House — and casting unprecedented attention on the nation’s growing Hispanic vote.”
“But in several key swing states — Nevada, Colorado, Florida and Virginia — most Latinos are not Cuban. Most lean Democratic — and identify more with their country of origin than with the broader terms, Hispanic or Latino, for those from Spanish-speaking countries. Most also oppose both Rubio’s and Cruz’s positions on immigration reform. All of that, in addition to long-standing tensions between Cuban and Mexican immigrants, could dash the GOP’s hopes that Cruz or Rubio could do what few Republicans have been able to do in a presidential election: attract significant Hispanic support.” (Washington Post)
BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. “No Labels, formed after the 2010 midterm elections, is asking candidates to embrace four broad goals related to job creation, the federal budget, energy independence and entitlements, promote them in the campaign and promise to work with a bipartisan group in Congress on at least one of them within 30 days of taking office.” The group announced that six candidates have signed on.
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson (R), New Jersey Gov Chris Christie (R), Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), and real estate mogul Donald Trump (R) have all pledged their support.
“The poll-driven No Labels agenda calls for creating 25 million new jobs over the next decade, securing Social Security and Medicare for the next 75 years, balancing the federal budget by 2030 and making the United States energy secure by 2024.”
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R), who serves as the group’s co-chairman: “I’m totally blown away that notwithstanding the ugly talk you find during any primary campaign, you have six very diverse candidates — a bipartisan group — who are interested in a Problem Solvers promise. … That means they’re thinking beyond the primary and thinking about the process that will need to be in place to get some really important things done for the American people.” (AP)
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