Is “Dubya” the GOP’s missing link to Latinos?
Is George W. Bush the missing link between the Republican Party and Latino voters?
With the nation suffering from “Bush fatigue” after his eight tumultuous years in the White House, the 43rd president has rarely received acknowledgement since leaving office in 2009. But with the Republican Party facing a steep deficit with Latino voters this year, many in the party see Bush’s ability to connect with Latinos as a missing asset at the top of the ticket.
No Republicans have publicly asked Bush to get involved with this year’s campaign. But several veterans of the Bush administrations are clamoring for Mitt Romney to take a page out of Bush’s book when it comes to reaching out to Latino voters.
“Gov. Bush had some kind of personal quality that made it easier to connect with the Hispanic community, despite his privilege,” Alberto Gonzales, whom Bush appointed as the nation’s first Latino attorney general, told Univision News in an interview last week.
Although Latinos did not always agree with Bush’s foreign or domestic policies, Gonzales said, they sensed in Bush “someone who respected them.”
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