Villaraigosa: Obama’s `Seminal’ Vote Sign for Republicans on Immigration

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa answers a question at the National Press Club in Washington, on Jan. 14, 2013.

President Barack Obama’s winning coalition of Hispanics, blacks, women, Jews, Asians and young people marked a “seminal” event in U.S. politics, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said today.

Villaraigosa said the electorate that gave fellow Democrat Obama a second term is an indication of what future turnout will look like.

“What we saw is a seminal shift in the electorate,” he said at a National Press Club luncheon.

Republicans who continue to oppose such proposals as overhauling immigration laws run the risk of permanently exiling the party to minority status, he said. The 2012 election results might convince some Republicans to approve a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants now in the U.S, the mayor suggested.

“I believe it will be bipartisan,” he said of immigration legislation.


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