GOP Strategist Matt Mackowiak Says Republicans Need To Start Aiming For The Hispanic Vote [AUDIO]
On the Tuesday edition of the Chad Hasty Show Matt Mackowiak, GOP strategist and co-founder of MustReadTexas.com, talked with Chad Hasty about the latest national and state-wide issues.
After last week's disappointing elections, Mackowiak says that it was apparent Republicans were not expecting such a high turnout from the Democrats. Also, while he was surprised at the final results, he speculated that many Republicans' hopes for a Romney victory were "wishful thinking."
"Yes, I was surprised, but on the other hand I guess I shouldn't have been. Romney had 6 months, Obama had 4 years. Obama ran a better campaign. Romney was an imperfect candidate. And at the end of the day, all the public polls showed that it was an Obama win. I think it was a little bit irrational for all of us to predict a Romney victory, given what the polls were showing."
Mackowiak said that the best thing Republicans can do is go for the Hispanic vote. In the last election, Romney only received 20% of the Hispanic vote. Mackowaik speculated that without that vote, some Republican strongholds like Texas could turn blue in a matter of years. He thinks that Republicans can better reach out to Hispanics if they go back to strong conservative values, but remain moderate on the immigration issue. Mackowiak added that Republicans have a lot of strong conservative candidates to rally around, the most prominent one being Marco Rubio.
You can listen to Matt Mackowiak Mondays at 9:35 during the Chad Hasty Show on NewsTalk 790 KFYO. You can also follow Mackowiak on Twitter: @MattMackowiak.