By Elise Foley
THE HUFFINGTON POST
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) warned on Sunday that Republicans aren’t doing enough to boost their appeal to a wider swath voters, a lack of action that could damage the party in the future as demographics shift.
“This is going to be a close election, but long-term, conservative principles, if they’re to be successful and implemented, there has to be a concerted effort to reach out to a much broader audience than we do today,” Bush said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Bush often sounds the alarm about GOP rhetoric and Latino voters in particular, whom he said could be turned off by the way Republicans discuss immigration and other issues. Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney trails President Barack Obama by significant margins among Latino voters, the second-fastest growing population in the United States. Bush’s brother, former President George W. Bush, held far better numbers with Latino voters than Romney currently does.
On Sunday, the former Florida governor did not refer to the GOP’s need to appeal to any specific group, but said the party could find it seriously damaging if Republicans do not expand their base.
- Jeb Bush: GOP ‘Needs To Change… Reach Out To A Much Broader Audience Than We Do Today’ (thinkprogress.org)
- Jeb Bush: GOP Needs To Change ‘Tone’ To Reach ‘Broader Audience’ (mediaite.com)
- FL Gov Crist Endorses Obama As Jeb Bush Attacks GOP (lezgetreal.com)
- Jeb Bush: Obama should stop blaming others for the economy (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Fat SOB, Jeb Bush Wants To Push For ILLEGAL OCCUPIERS (themadjewess.com)