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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Latino Reaction Split On Republicans' Spanish Language Message

Thursday's raucous GOP presidential debate, with its heated rhetoric around the issue of immigration, highlighted some of the challenges Republican Party faces in reaching Latino voters. That was also clear earlier in the week, when Republicans delivered two responses to President Obama's State of the Union address: one by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley in English; the other, by Florida Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, was in Spanish.
The speeches were nearly identical, except when it came to immigration. On this topic, the lawmakers' remarks differed both in tone and in substance. Analysts said the mixed messaging reflected a growing rift within the party over immigration, especially as the anti-immigrant message of leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has pulled some of his competitors to the right on the issue.
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