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The Politicians of Color Who Stand to Win Mitt Romney's Veepstakes

The Politicians of Color Who Stand to Win Mitt Romney’s Veepstakes

by Shani O. Hilton on May 1 2012, 10:05AM

In the race to fill out this year’s GOP presidential ticket, the most interesting options for vice presidential running mates are non-white guys.

Topics: GOP Primary, Politics

CNN Visits Romney's Mexican Cousins: The Liberal and Conservative Primos [Video]

CNN Visits Romney’s Mexican Cousins: The Liberal and Conservative Primos [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on April 24 2012, 11:20AM

Meet the Mexican Romneys.

Topics: GOP Primary, Immigration, /NOW

Obama Launches Latinos for Obama, Romney Releases Anto-Obama Infographic

Obama Launches Latinos for Obama, Romney Releases Anto-Obama Infographic

by Jorge Rivas on April 20 2012, 2:26PM

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney countered President Obama’s Latino outreach by arguing that Obama “has brought hard times to Hispanics,” citing their unemployment numbers.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

Mitt Romney's Dismal Racial Justice Track Record

Mitt Romney’s Dismal Racial Justice Track Record

by Shani O. Hilton on April 18 2012, 8:56AM

Now that he’s the clear front-runner for the GOP nomination, we’re breaking down just where he stands on the issues that matter most to people of color.

Topics: 2012 Election, GOP Primary, Politics

Mitt Romney: Not Winning Latino Vote

Mitt Romney: Not Winning Latino Vote “Spells Doom for Us”

by Jorge Rivas on April 17 2012, 2:30PM

The GOP presidential hopeful says he plans on reminding Latinos Obama promised immigration reform and didn’t fulfill those promises.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

Rick Santorum Suspends Presidential Campaign, Leaves Behind A Bunch of Racist Gaffes

by Jorge Rivas on April 10 2012, 2:59PM

The former Pennsylvania Senator leaves behind a few (some of them racist?) gems for us to go down memory lane with.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

Romney Escapes Green Bay Man's Questions About Mormonism and Race [Video]

Romney Escapes Green Bay Man’s Questions About Mormonism and Race [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on April 10 2012, 12:40PM

The first question for GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney at a town hall meeting in Green Bay, Wisc. on April 2nd came from a man who wanted to quote the Book of Mormon.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

Did Rick Santorum Just Almost Call the President the N-Word? [Video]

Did Rick Santorum Just Almost Call the President the N-Word? [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on March 30 2012, 3:22PM

At a campaign stop in Janesville, Wisconsin on Tuesday, GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum came pretty close uttering the N-word when describing President Obama.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

Romney's Mexican Relatives Wish He'd Get on Board with DREAM Act

Romney’s Mexican Relatives Wish He’d Get on Board with DREAM Act

by Jorge Rivas on March 15 2012, 9:56AM

The GOP Presidential candidate’s cousin told Univision he hopes Mitt Romney supports the DREAM Act.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

White Born-Again and Evangelical Christians Dominated Alabama and Mississippi GOP Primaries

White Born-Again and Evangelical Christians Dominated Alabama and Mississippi GOP Primaries

by Jorge Rivas on March 14 2012, 4:20PM

Mississippi has the highest African-American population of any state in the union but on Tuesday’s GOP primary around 8 in 10 Mississippians voters were white evangelical or born-again Christians.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

Ann Romney: 'We Can Be Poor in Spirit' [Video]

Ann Romney: ‘We Can Be Poor in Spirit’ [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on March 6 2012, 10:16AM

The couple made $20.9 million last year, making more in a day than an average American makes in a year.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

Why Do the GOP's New Dogwhistles Sound So Familiar? [Reader Forum]

Why Do the GOP’s New Dogwhistles Sound So Familiar? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on March 5 2012, 8:50AM

Colorlines.com readers discuss the GOP’s latest efforts to control our conversation on race and gender.

Topics: 2012 Election, GOP Primary, Politics

How a Racist Email Reveals the Grand Old Party Has Become a Petty Affair

How a Racist Email Reveals the Grand Old Party Has Become a Petty Affair

by Kai Wright on March 2 2012, 10:12AM

It’s no great insight to point out it’s a tough election year for the Republican Party. But for all the hours of analysis spent sussing out how the GOP arrived in this place, a federal judge in Montana offered this week what is perhaps the most succinct explanation.

Topics: 2012 Election, GOP Primary, Kai Wright, Politics

The New-Old Southern Strategy Mixes Racism and Sexism for Nasty Results

The New-Old Southern Strategy Mixes Racism and Sexism for Nasty Results

by Akiba Solomon on February 28 2012, 10:19AM

GOP presidential candidates have thrown gender dog-whistle politics into the race pot. It’s looking an awful lot like the odious 1960s Southern strategy.

Topics: 2012 Election, Gender, GOP Primary, Gender & Sexuality, Health

Will Racist 'Food Stamp' Rhetoric Get Gingrich the Presidency? [Reader Forum]

Will Racist ‘Food Stamp’ Rhetoric Get Gingrich the Presidency? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on January 23 2012, 9:05AM

Newt’s been extra loud with the racist dogwhistle lately. Will it get him elected? Or is it just free advertising for his anti-poor agenda?

Topics: GOP Primary, Newt Gingrich, Politics

Rick Perry, GOP's Most Viable Candidate for Latino Vote Drops Out of Race

Rick Perry, GOP’s Most Viable Candidate for Latino Vote Drops Out of Race

by Jorge Rivas on January 19 2012, 12:55PM

Texas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry announced his withdrawal from the presidential race on Thursday.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW

Gingrich Surges With Old, Familiar Ploy: Racist Attacks on Poor People

Gingrich Surges With Old, Familiar Ploy: Racist Attacks on Poor People

by Seth Freed Wessler on January 19 2012, 9:57AM

Newt Gingrich has for decades been the GOP standard bearer in using racial caricatures to demonize poor people. Food stamps were spared for a time, leaving them the last functioning part of the economic safety net. No longer.

Topics: GOP Primary, Newt Gingrich, Politics

Romney Celebrated For Giving Unemployed Black Woman $50 and Cleaning Job [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 18 2012, 2:58PM

While Romney was campaigning in South Carolina on Saturday he handed an African-American woman $50.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW

DREAMer Confronts Romney at NY Fundraiser [Video]

DREAMer Confronts Romney at NY Fundraiser [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 18 2012, 11:41AM

A young Latina who identified herself in a video as an undocumented immigrant approached presidential hopeful Mitt Romney at fundraiser in New York yesterday to ask him why he isn’t supporting her DREAM.

Topics: GOP Primary, Immigration, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Gingrich Still Thinks Obama is 'Food Stamps President'

Gingrich Still Thinks Obama is ‘Food Stamps President’

by Jorge Rivas on January 17 2012, 10:22AM

At Sunday’s Fox News/Wall Street Journal debate, Newt Gingrich got a standing ovation from the audience after he challenged moderator Juan Williams by saying he stood by his racially loaded statements about the president and “really poor children in really poor neighborhoods.”

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

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