Ron Paul and Hispanics - Campaign strategy, is there one?Submitted by Blue Republic on Sun, 01/08/2012 - 09:12
Looking at the numbers on the few polls that break down support by age, ethnicity and such (the main poll I've found that does this is by Insider Advantage) it looks like Ron Paul's support among Hispanics is minimal.
This is an old - but the most recent poll for Florida that I could find:
As I understand it, though, his Congressional District is something like 40 percent minority, being Texas I assume a lot of those are Hispanic - so I assume he has Hispanic supporters.
So, I'm wondering, does the campaign run any ads in Spanish? Are they doing anything to try and attract Hispanic support? Florida is going to be the first state with a big percentage of Hispanics, but they are going to be important elsewhere, too.
I know that Paul doesn't like the idea of changing his message to try to win over specific groups, but I can't see that it would hurt to run ads in Spanish, maybe featuring some of his former patients or constituents - or even just Spanish-language versions of his regular ads.
In Florida, why not talk about his support for normalizing relations with Cuba? That would be a huge plus for Florida - you'd piss off some of the old line anti-Castro refugees, but you'd have a shot at gaining support from the younger generation.
Is the campaign willing to settle for near-zero support from such an important group ? I'm hoping not...