After Barack Obama was re-elected President of United States, members of the Republican Party are now analyzing the 2012 vote to see where and how their candidate Mitt Romney fell short.
Appearing on CNN Wednesday night, South Carolina U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham says the voting results show that his party has a demographic problem, which includes diminishing support from Latinos. “If we had gotten 40 percent of the Hispanic vote, Mitt Romney would be president. (George W. Bush) got 41 percent, (John)McCain got 31 percent, and Romney got 27 percent. We’re going in the wrong direction.”
President Obama garnered 71 percent of the Latino vote, along with 93 percent of the African American vote, 67 percent of single women, and 60 percent of young voters 18-29, according to exit polls.
Graham acknowledges that the extreme positions taken by some Republicans on immigration reform turned off many Latino voters, but he says their support of President Obama is not that strong. “I think most Hispanic voters didn’t have a real fondness for President Obama; his job approval rating among Hispanics was about 50 percent. I think they just saw him as a lesser of two evils, because he really didn’t lift a finger to do comprehensive immigration reform like he promised. So, we will be back in the game.”
Graham says the key to any immigration reform is how we handle those persons who are already in the country illegally. “I want to see a solution that will not lead to 12 million illegal immigrants 20 years from now, and I’m willing to deal with the (present) 12 million in a firm and fair way. But I want a comprehensive solution that prevents the third wave of illegal immigration. That’s all I ask and I think that’s all most Americans want.”
Graham was the top Republican negotiator in a failed effort to pass immigration reform in 2010, receiving a lot of criticism from conservatives after he expressed a willingness to provide a path to legalization for some illegal immigrants. On Wednesday, he said that immigration reform is a national issue, not just a Latino one, and there is a solution to be found out there if people want to find it.