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The GOP now says it wants to “welcome” Latinos but tells them that the 2012 Republican platform is just fine exactly the way it is

Here’s the lead from an article in Politico this weekend titled “GOP leaders insist no overhaul needed”

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Republican Party honchos who huddled here for their first big gathering since the election devoted lots of time talking about the need to welcome Latinos and women, close the technology gap with Democrats and stop the self-destructive talk about rape. But the party’s main problem, dozens of Republican National Committee members argued in interviews over three days this week, is who delivers its message and how, not the message itself. Overwhelmingly they insisted that substantive policy changes aren’t the answer to last year’s losses.
“It’s not the platform of the party that’s the issue,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said Friday after being easily reelected to a second, two-year term. “In many cases, it’s how we communicate about it. It is a couple dumb things that people have said.”
…New Hampshire chairman Wayne MacDonald said party leadings need to work on “not being sour-pusses on television or the radio” – that there is a way to be firm and assertive without being mean-spirited.
“Nobody is saying the Republican Party has to change our beliefs in any of our platform planks,” he said

Now here are a few excerpts from the 2012 Republican Platform Plank on Immigration
Encouraging Self-Deportation:

We will create humane procedures to encourage illegal aliens to return home voluntarily, while enforcing the law against those who overstay their visas

Supporting State Efforts to “make their lives so miserable they go back home.”

State efforts to reduce illegal immigration must be encouraged, not attacked. The pending Department of Justice lawsuits against Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina, and Utah must be dismissed immediately.

Keeping Them Out

The double-layered fencing on the border that was enacted by Congress in 2006, but never completed, must finally be built.

Punishing Those Who Help Them

In order to restore the rule of law, federal funding should be denied to sanctuary cities that violate federal law and endanger their own citizens

Denying Funds to Universities

Federal funding should be denied to universities that provide in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens, in open defiance of federal law

But Latinos really shouldn’t worry. The GOP promises they won’t be “sour-pusses” about it.

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