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REID: GOP IS THE "ANTI-IMMIGRANT" PARTY

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had some unusually harsh words for his colleagues across the aisle. From Politico:

Reid became annoyed when [Univision's] Ramos asked him whether Democrats should be concerned about losing Latino votes in the midterm elections because of their failure to pass reform.

'What you just said is so senseless,' the senator shot back. 'I don't know how you can say anything like that, when Harry Reid, ninety percent of the Democrats in the Senate and Barack Obama, all want comprehensive immigration reform,' he said.

'I believe, as has been indicated in all the polling, that even people who are Hispanics, who identify as being Republicans, are walking away from the Republicans. This is an anti-immigrant party and (it) is very clear.'

Without naming them, Reid criticized Republican senators John McCain and Jon Kyl. McCain was once a supporter of reform, but he's needed to tack right in a difficult Republican primary for reelection.

'We have Republican legislators all over the country focused on Arizona particularly, saying we are concerned about this because the federal government is not doing anything,' Reid said. 'The two senators from Arizona won't work with us, it's illogical to hear the state of Arizona complaining about the federal government not doing anything and the two Republican senators from Arizona won't join with us to do anything.'

While conventional wisdom holds that Reid is simply appealing to Latino voters, some new polling suggests that supporting immigration reform is actually smart politics when it comes to appealing to moderate and conservative voters. America's Voice commissioned Hart Research to conduct research comparing GOP and Democratic messaging on immigration reform in four right leaning states - Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri and Ohio - and found that in general, support for immigration reform goes up the more voters hear both Democratic and Republican messaging on the issue. Voters in those states backed the Democrats on the issue by 14 points after equal exposure to criticisms and Democratic responses. For those who think the wording of the questions are designed to elicit a pro-immigration response, I suggest you read the survey. It's eye opening.

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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    Latinos will sit home at their own peril. True the Dems are not moving reform. But, do they really want Arizona all over the place. Just found out that the tea party candidate for Governor could win the GOP nomination in Arizona. I have a strange feeling that Campbell will loose the Senate primary not to Fiorina but to Chuck Deviore. For some mysterious reasons, the CA Senate polling has all but disappeared for two months. The first indication that the Arizona law is having an effect on CA would be the Senate poll results. If Boxer and Brown break out of the pack, you can thank the Arizona law! But, once again, if the Hispanics want to commit suicide and create an apartheid state in America, they will stay home!
  2. Another Voice's Avatar
    The political football has started, in the end it will not amount to much it seems....
  3. USC's Avatar
    "This is an anti-immigrant party and (it) is very clear."

    Yes, it is. On a separate note, I also want to commend Prime Minister Gordon Brown of the UK for calling a bigot, a bigot.
  4. Geroge Chell's Avatar
    "Yes, it is. On a separate note, I also want to commend Prime Minister Gordon Brown of the UK for calling a bigot, a bigot."

    The typical example of a Brit selfishness. No problems with Brits working abroad but big problems if foreigners work in Britain..used to be only non-whites they despised (know white Brits working in Singapore (I will be there at the end of this week) who have nothing but contempt for locals and even belong to the British National Party), now they dont like East Europeans, they never liked the Irish, and pretty soon dont be surprised if the anti-Greek, anti-Portuguese and anti-Spanish murmurs start!
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