Sunday, April 22, 2012

Obama Campaign Warns GOP Against Selecting Rubio For VP

Despite spearheading the effort to grant amnesty to millions of illegals in 2006, John McCain lost the Hispanic vote by a margin of 67-31 in 2008. That's a far cry from the 40% that George W. Bush received in his narrow victory in 2004. Last week, I wrote about the rapid growth of the Hispanic population in a number of crucial swing states. I concluded that the GOP nominee will need a minimum of 35-40% of the Hispanic vote to be competitive in November, and that Marco Rubio offers the best opportunity to get there.

There's been a lot of buzz lately about recent polling that shows that a Hispanic VP nominee does not help the GOP make up ground with Hispanic voters. Just last week, Public Policy Poling (D) and Project New America teamed up to poll Hispanics in several swing states with large numbers of Hispanic voters.
Recent polling from Project New America and Public Policy Polling suggests that selecting a Hispanic running mate is unlikely to help Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney close the considerable gap he faces with Hispanic voters in a general election 
The polling, conducted from April 16-18 among Hispanic likely voters in Florida, Nevada and New Mexico shows President Obama with a sizable lead over Romney in each of these battleground states.....
After reading that, it's understandable that so many would be skeptical of the viability of a GOP nominee / Rubio ticket - especially those who have had reservations in the past.

Public Policy Polling is a well known Democrat pollster, who routinely does polling for Daily Kos and SEIU. Until I read this particular poll, I had not heard of the newest member of their team - Project New America, so I decided to do a little digging. They don't even pretend to be anything other than a liberal think tank. In fact, David Axelrod's son is the Director of Communications.
Ethan Axelrod Director of Communications Ethan manages the PNA's social media operations, shapes media relations and develops content for subscribers. Prior to joining Project New America in May, 2011, Ethan worked for two years as Editor of the Denver section of the Huffington Post, where he wrote about local and regional politics, among other topics. He also worked in the Media Logistics department at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, where he was part of the team that accommodated the needs of thousands of media members who covered the convention.
Their entire staff is made up exclusively of Democrat strategists and left-wing activists. See for yourself here.

It's awfully nice of the Obama campaign to warn the GOP against nominating Marco Rubio for VP, don't you think?

Cross Posted at Redstate


Anonymous said...

Finally! Right Wing says something of value.

Very interesting observation... good work.

But would it kill you to say Romney by name rather than acting like the nomination is still in question?

I thought there was something screwy with this poll.

Right Wingnut said...


Until Romney is crowned at the convention, he's just another candidate. :)

Terrye said...

I like Rubio a lot...but the man says he is not interested...maybe he means what he says.

As for the Democrats warning the GOP..well who knows what these people are up to?

The truth is that Democrats tend to go after groups of people..they divide the country into minorities, rich, poor, middle class, coastal, midwest, rust belt, big labor, college student, single women.....etc.

And right now those hispanics think that the Democrats are the people who are looking out for them and they think that the Democrats do not look down on them. I don't think that is true. I don't think that the Republicans are in anyway anti hispanic, but the politics of division have worked very well with minorities and I don't know exactly how to change that without Republicans adopting the rhetoric of the left and that would be a disaster of another kind.

Terrye said...


No, Romney is not just another candidate, he is the one who is still in the race and has a chance to win...your observation is every bit as biased as this PPP poll.

Ohio JOE said...

"Until Romney is crowned at the convention, he's just another candidate. :)" Great reminder.

Funny how, Romneyites whined and carried on about a few Democrats voting in the GOP primary, but hey they would rather have the Democrats have a say in who our VP candidate it. Ya gotta love it.

Jerald said...

Ohio Joe,

That statment was incoherent and made no sense.

What are you talking about?

Slick-Willy said...

Great post RW.

And then you have to taint it w/idiocy suggesting Romney hasn't locked up the nomination already? C'mon man... I want to respect you and you're just not letting me.

Right Wingnut said...


I would prefer Rubio for VP regardless of the nominee.

hamaca said...

I think Rubio would be a great choice, though as with all potential VP selections, comes with pros and cons.

I think the GOP's attempt to reach out to Hispanics is a positive if it communicates why Hispanics benefit when the country benefits from conservative policies.

Hopefully this can be done effectively.

Right Wingnut said...


Good point. It sure would help if the person communicating that could speak Spanish. Rubio could get Hispanics to the polls that would otherwise stay home.

Anonymous said...

Since when do we care what the Obama campaign warns about anyway?

Joel2012 said...

Until Romney is crowned at convention, he's still another candidate...

Let's hold our breath until the day of the convention before we assume anything. Right. After all, there is still a chance although highly unlikely that someone will emerge from out of nowhere and capture the nomination at the last minute and save the ultra conservative movement. Right. Here's a newsflash for you in case you missed it, it's over! Romney is the nominee and nothing will stop this from happening! Statements to the contrary at this stage are simply illogical. Then again, the other day Newt Gingrich said... Right. Give it a break!

Anonymous said...

RNC has mare authority, and they declared Romney the nominee presumptive. I do not think anyone is improper to also declare Romney the nominee. After all, we don't want to go to the moon, and Republicans are Republicans, not Libertarians.

@Ohio Joe, RWN never was for Romney, so the others are correct that your post is confused.