Republican ‘Resurrection’ Tied to Hispanics, Pollster Tells CPAC

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Hispanic speaking delegates wave banners during Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Florida, on August 30, 2012.

Republican pollster Whit Ayres told those gathered at the Conservative Political Action Conference today that they need to do more to reach out to Hispanic voters, as he tipped his hat to former President Bill Clinton.

“If we hope to have a vibrant, center-right coalition, it sure better reach out aggressively,” Ayres said, pointing to the growing political strength of Hispanic voters.

“There are some who argue that Hispanics are natural Democrats, that there’s no way in the world a center-right coalition will ever gain a significant support from Hispanics,” he said. “My question to them is, ‘What is your answer?'”

Ayers said Republicans need to reshape their message and messengers.

“We are in many ways in the same position the Democrats were in 1988,” he said, pointing to the emergence of Bill Clinton. “We are only one candidate and one election away from resurrection.”

Ayres said the GOP needs to take a “different tone” when it comes to immigration.

“In order to be resurrected, we’ve got to have a different message, particularly on this issue,” he said. “We’ve got to have different messengers.”

During his remarks on immigration, someone in the audience yelled “legally.”

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