ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE

Rubio and Cruz Are No Lock For Latino Vote in General Election

Bipartisan group of candidates support agenda from “No Labels” group.

Jan. 11, 2016, 8:07 a.m.

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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