National Security

Clinton Defends Afghanistan Drawdown

Add to Briefcase
See more stories about...
June 23, 2011, 9:02 a.m.

Ex-Rep. Joe Dio­Guardi (R) “re­spon­ded” 10/7 to Sen. Kirsten Gil­librand’s (D) TV ads that “char­ac­ter­izes” Dio­Guardi “as a tax cheat with a re­cord of waste­ful spend­ing while in Con­gress in the 1980s.”

Want More On This Race? Check out the Hot­line Dash­board for a com­pre­hens­ive run­down of this race, in­clud­ing stor­ies, polls, ads, FEC num­bers, and more!

Dio­Guardi: “I know how to pre­pare my taxes. It is des­per­ate for the sen­at­or to go back to 1978. I pre­pared prob­ably 55 tax re­turns and one was audited. This was a nor­mal audit. I was in a part­ner­ship on that re­turn, it wasn’t me alone, with three oth­er part­ners of my old firm.”

Dio­Guardi, on if GOP­ers will sup­port him: “They are now. I was at a din­ner last night with Re­pub­lic­an Chair­man of New York State Ed Cox. Every­one is sup­port­ing me.” Dio­Guardi, on abor­tion: “I will agree with the laws of the land right now. But in this is­sue, I be­lieve that life is pre­cious. I be­lieve the prob­lem is the over­whelm­ing num­ber of un­wanted preg­nan­cies in Amer­ica.” Dio­Guardi, on cam­paign­ing with his daugh­ter/ex-Amer­ic­an Idol judge Kara Dio­Guardi: “Her is­sues are in Hol­ly­wood and mine with Wash­ing­ton. … She has done more to get people to pro­nounce my name right and spell it right than any­body” (Har­tung/Delargy, “Polit­ic­al Hot­sheet”, CBS News, 10/7).

More Dio­Guardi, on Kara: “I don’t want to get her branded in polit­ics. … She just got mar­ried. I would like to be a grand­fath­er” (Fer­mino, New York Post, 10/7).

All In A Past Life

Dio­Guardi “said” 10/7 that he “isn’t cur­rently” a “prac­ti­cing” CPA. He “let his CPA re­gis­tra­tion” lapse in 1996 and “only re-re­gis­terd” 10/5 “after of­fi­cials told him he had to do it if he wanted to use the titles ‘Cer­ti­fied Pub­lic Ac­count­ant’ or ‘CPA.’”

Dio­Guardi: “I’m a CPA. But I’m not a prac­ti­cing CPA.” Dio­Guardi “sends out a daily e-mail: ‘State of the Day from a CPA.’” Dio­Guardi “blamed the lapse” on “cir­cum­stances,” such as his first wife be­ing “ter­min­ally ill at the time of re­gis­tra­tion re­new­al, and the state mailed the re­gis­tra­tion form to the wrong ad­dress and it wasn’t for­war­ded” (Brune, News­day, 10/7).

Christine Mastin, an im­mig­ra­tion at­tor­ney whose Span­ish-speak­ing grand­moth­er emig­rated from Chile to the United States, real­izes that most of the His­pan­ics she knows are sur­prised she is a Re­pub­lic­an.

Barack Obama won two-thirds of the Latino vote in 2008, and no Re­pub­lic­an has come close to win­ning a ma­jor­ity in 40 years. But she is work­ing Col­or­ado for Mitt Rom­ney.

And even though she ran for a state House seat in 2010 and lost, she is op­tim­ist­ic that the GOP will soon be able to crack the code.

“Maybe it might strike folks a little odd that I would be a Re­pub­lic­an,” she told me re­cently. “But the Re­pub­lic­ans truly be­lieve in in­di­vidu­al liberty, hard work, en­tre­pren­eur­i­al­ism, al­low­ing fam­il­ies to build them­selves up and really suc­ceed in this coun­try. And all of those val­ues are aligned not only with Amer­ica gen­er­ally, but also the Latino com­munity.”

This is a pitch Re­pub­lic­ans hope will re­verse a grow­ing demo­graph­ic di­lemma. U.S. census fig­ures now es­tim­ate that more chil­dren of col­or are be­ing born than Caucasi­ans. This is not good news for a party that has been largely de­pend­ent on white voters.

Many Re­pub­lic­ans know how these num­bers work. Pres­id­ent George W. Bush spoke ex­pans­ively about big tents and the value of (leg­al) im­mig­ra­tion. At a cam­paign ap­pear­ance re­cently in South Flor­ida, Mitt Rom­ney con­ceded that fail­ing to win more of the His­pan­ic vote would spell “doom” for the GOP. But when he ar­rived in Wash­ing­ton this week to speak to a Latino busi­ness group, he sailed through his speech with not one men­tion of the demo­graph­ic di­lemma.

How much of a di­lemma? Check out this graph­ic from The Wash­ing­ton Post.

One chart shows the rate at which His­pan­ics have voted for Re­pub­lic­ans (slug­gish), while the oth­er shows the rate at which the His­pan­ic pop­u­la­tion is grow­ing (ro­bust).

“When Bill Clin­ton was elec­ted pres­id­ent of the United States, about 3.7 per­cent of the elect­or­ate was Latino,” Stan­ford polit­ic­al sci­ent­ist Gary Se­gura told me. “In this elec­tion year, it will be just un­der 10 per­cent. So the votes more or less tripled. And when you have that many more people and that many more voters, they mat­ter in more places.”

Se­gura calls it “demo­graph­ic pan­ic.”

Moreover, Se­gura points out that the story no longer be­gins and ends in Flor­ida, Texas, and Cali­for­nia. “We are sur­prised to hear that Lati­nos count in places like Wis­con­sin,” he says, “or Pennsylvania, or Vir­gin­ia — places that we don’t think of as Latino-in­tens­ive states but where there’s a grow­ing Latino pop­u­la­tion and a grow­ing Latino elect­or­ate.”

It is no ac­ci­dent that those are also 2012 battle­ground states. That’s why I went to Col­or­ado to try to tell the story this year. You’ll see what I dis­covered on an up­com­ing PBS News­Hour broad­cast. But suf­fice to say, the GOP’s up­hill battle is clear.

Ry­an Call, the Col­or­ado Re­pub­lic­an Party chair­man who learned to speak Span­ish as a Mor­mon mis­sion­ary, says his goal is to con­vince His­pan­ic voters that Barack Obama has failed them.

“The price of gas doubled un­der Barack Obama’s ad­min­is­tra­tion,” he says. “Those are the is­sues that are really hit­ting the His­pan­ic com­munity the hard­est. And those are is­sues that the pres­id­ent has really failed on. So for us as Re­pub­lic­ans, how are we go­ing to ap­peal to this His­pan­ic com­munity? It’s talk­ing about those is­sues and out­lining with great clar­ity and prin­ciple how we’re go­ing to help cre­ate op­por­tun­it­ies for their busi­nesses to suc­ceed, jobs to be had, op­por­tun­it­ies for high­er edu­ca­tion. Those are the things that are the most im­port­ant to our His­pan­ic neigh­bors.”

It may be a tough­er sell to con­vince His­pan­ics that Re­pub­lic­ans sup­port their views on il­leg­al im­mig­ra­tion, which con­cen­trate on law en­force­ment and shrink­ing the path­way to cit­izen­ship.

While polls show that most His­pan­ics do not cite im­mig­ra­tion as their chief con­cern, Demo­crats and some wor­ried Re­pub­lic­ans ac­know­ledge it is an emo­tion­al, gate­way is­sue for first- or second-gen­er­a­tion Latino-Amer­ic­ans who might oth­er­wise be per­suaded to con­sider vot­ing for a Re­pub­lic­an.

“The rhet­or­ic that came out of the primary cam­paign in the Re­pub­lic­an party was so neg­at­ive to Lati­nos gen­er­ally that even Lati­nos who were not that sup­port­ive of im­mig­ra­tion re­form were of­fen­ded,” former Den­ver May­or Fe­d­erico Pena, a Demo­crat, told me. “So Re­pub­lic­ans have an up­hill climb here, but we have the chal­lenge of mak­ing sure that the ex­cite­ment level, the mo­tiv­a­tion, the en­thu­si­asm is there not only among Lati­nos, but among all Demo­crats.”

There’s the rub. En­thu­si­asm ap­pears to be an elu­sive com­mod­ity this elec­tion year. Between now and the fall, an old for­mula will have to fall in­to place —  each party will have to do its best to ex­cite its base and de­press the op­pos­i­tion. A lot of that activ­ity will hap­pen in His­pan­ic com­munit­ies.

What We're Following See More »
PRESIDENT CALLS MEDICAID FUNDS A “BAILOUT”
Puerto Rico Another Sticking Point in Budget Talks
5 hours ago
THE DETAILS

President Trump’s portrayal of an effort to funnel more Medicaid dollars to Puerto Rico as a "bailout" is complicating negotiations over a continuing resolution on the budget. "House Democrats are now requiring such assistance as a condition for supporting the continuing resolution," a position that the GOP leadership is amenable to. "But Mr. Trump’s apparent skepticism aligns him with conservative House Republicans inclined to view its request as a bailout, leaving the deal a narrow path to passage in Congress."

Source:
SHUT DOWN MISLEADING FALSEHOODS
Facebook To Cut Down On Govt-Sponsored Info Campaigns
5 hours ago
BREAKING

Facebook "outlined new measures it is taking to combat what it calls 'information operations' that go well beyond the phenomenon known as fake news" on Thursday. Facebook acknowledged that there are governments using its platform as a tool to launch propaganda information campaigns and "manipulate public opinion in other countries. ... Facebook suspended 30,000 accounts in France ahead of last Sunday’s first-round presidential election."

Source:
POTENTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN?
Democrats Threaten Spending Bill Over Obamacare
9 hours ago
BREAKING

Democrats in the House are threatening to shut down the government if Republicans expedite a vote on a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, said Democratic House Whip Steny Hoyer Thursday. Lawmakers have introduced a one-week spending bill to give themselves an extra week to reach a long-term funding deal, which seemed poised to pass easily. However, the White House is pressuring House Republicans to take a vote on their Obamacare replacement Friday to give Trump a legislative victory, though it is still not clear that they have the necessary votes to pass the health care bill. This could go down to the wire.

Source:
IN 2014
Pentagon Warned Flynn Not To Accept Foreign Payments
11 hours ago
BREAKING
WOULD PUSH DEADLINE TO MAY 5
One-Week Spending Bill On The Table
11 hours ago
BREAKING

Members of Congress are eyeing a one-week spending bill which would keep the government open past the Friday night deadline, giving lawmakers an extra week to iron out a long-term deal to fund the government. Without any action, the government would run out of funding starting at midnight Saturday. “I am optimistic that a final funding package will be completed soon," said Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

Source:
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login