Arizona Senator John McCain knows a thing or two about winning national political campaigns. After all, he was on the losing side of President Obama’s landslide victory in 2007. On Sunday, McCain told Phoenix CW6’s Politics in the Yard that his party absolutely alienated Latino voters, but it’s no big deal because Republicans can win without them. Pema Levy reports:
An interesting phenomenon right now is the huge turnouts for the Republican primaries, low turnout for the Democrat primaries,” McCain said in a Sunday appearance on the Phoenix-based show Politics in the Yard. “Now if all those people would get behind the Republican candidate, I think we could win this election despite the alienation, frankly, of a lot of the Hispanic voters.
In 2007, McCain was singing a different tune about Latino voters. Here’s a video of a news report from when McCain ran for president in 2007 concerning McCain’s efforts to win the “not so important” Latino vote:
McCain said in 2007:
Everything about our hispanic voters is talor made to the Republican message. And I’m confident that I will do very well.
This year McCain isn’t running for president, but he is facing a very tight race to save his U.S. Senate seat in November. In August McCain will have to square off against several Republican primary challengers who, just like in 2007, may push the Senator further to the right on issues Latino voters care about. And right now polls show McCain tied with his general election Democratic opponent, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ).
McCain stating that Republicans will have to rely almost solely on White voters to win this fall is a monumental admission of failure from a major player in the Republican party. The power of the Latino vote hasn’t shrunk since 2008, the success of two Cuban-American candidates in this year’s Republican primaries attest to that. However, because of the incendiary rhetoric of the Republican primary front-runner Donald Trump but more importantly the popularity of his racist and xenophobic message, Republicans have no choice but to rely almost solely on the white vote.
However, because of the incendiary rhetoric of the Republican primary front-runner Donald Trump but more importantly the popularity of his toxic message, Republicans have no choice but to rely almost solely on the angry white vote this year.
One person who should be the most embarrassed over McCain’s remarks is Javier Palomarez, president of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Earlier this month Palomarez’s organization endorsed McCain in his Senate reelection bid.
From uniting the nation through bipartisan legislation in the wake of September 11th, to working alongside the USHCC to urge the swift confirmation of America’s next Mexican ambassador Roberta Jacobson, to leading the passage of the comprehensive immigration reform bill through the Senate, Sen. McCain has devoted his life to placing his love of country ahead of self-interest and political partisanship,” Palomarez stated.
Here’s a video news report on that story.
There’s been no statement yet from Palomarez about McCain’s most recent evaluation concerning the importance of the Latino vote to the Republican party.