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Cross: Attracting Minority Voters Not Easy

CBS reports that the Republican leader acknowledges that his party doesn't traditionally do well among minorities.

State Rep. Tom Cross (R-Oswego) sounded off on Republicans' difficulty securing minority votes, CBS St. Louis reported.

“I think the tone and the rhetoric from a lot of people around the country on the Republican Party is inappropriate when it comes to issues like immigration,” Cross said, adding that attracting Latino voters can be a challenge, but Republicans have worked with minorities in mind, CBS reported. “If you look at some of the bills that passed in the Illinois General Assembly in the past year, we had our own version of the Dream Act ... You saw Republicans including myself that supported that.”

Cross, who was elected in 1992 and is running unopposed in the new 97th District, also said the party can do better reaching out to minorities, particularly at the national level. Click here to read CBS' report.

Do you agree with Cross? Do you think Republicans need to do a better job of reaching out to minority voters, and if so, how can they do that?

Oswegosmarts October 23, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Tom, do you really think any minority, or majority voters have any faith in you, or your fellow legislators in springfield? After the elections wait and see what happens to us taxpayers. Pension reform will go into high gear and it won't include Tom and friends. It will cost the workers, and the taxpayers thru the nose to fix the problem that Tom and other legislators have created.
John Tips October 23, 2012 at 04:38 PM
We like Tom Cross as our Representative and wish him the best on running unopposed! We do however, have to agree with the statement made above by Roy Rumaner, and blame the poor choices made by Mr. McConnell and Mr. Boehner for alienating many of us republicans by advancing their own political agendas instead of doing what is best for all Americans in America!
Millbrook Party October 23, 2012 at 04:58 PM
The republicans have no one to blame but themselves for the way people perceive their party. From the moment Mr.Obama was elected the republicans in Washington took the view that their only goal was to have him never win a second term, nothing got done because of that. No minority trusts that party. Republicans don't care about the poor or minority voters and it shows!
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