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Opinion: GOP's problem with Latinos - as big as Texas
Ted Cruz, running for a U.S. Senate seat from Texas, was the target of a questionable political attack, says Ruben Navarrette Jr.
May 29th, 2012
11:59 AM ET

Opinion: GOP's problem with Latinos - as big as Texas

Editor's note: Ruben Navarrette Jr. is a CNN.com contributor and a nationally syndicated columnist.

By Ruben Navarrette Jr. , CNN Contributor

San Diego (CNN) - In Texas, where voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, politics can be brutal.

Case in point: the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. It's rough and dirty and personal. And, whether it ends Tuesday or continues on to a run-off on July 28, it could blow up all the bridges that Republicans in Texas built over the years to Hispanic voters.

This is because, in the 11th hour, the primary went down a muddy road. That is, if you think that accusing a candidate with a Spanish surname of favoring "amnesty" for illegal immigrants - with no evidence to back it up - is hitting below the belt because it raises questions about divided loyalties and feeds into the perception that all Hispanics favor open borders and unlimited immigration.

No kidding. There are those Americans who are convinced that Hispanics are working behind lines to help Mexico reclaim the Southwest in an elaborate "reconquista."

Read Ruben Navarrette Jr.'s full commentary

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Bob

    American Muslim politicians face the same kind of racism.

    People believe all American Muslims are terrorist sympathizers and want to bring sharia to America.

    May 31, 2012 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. Doctor Dubs

    Mexican immigration is good. Immigrants from mexico take jobs that we dont want to do but are essential to the economy.If we favor the thought that immigration is wrong, than there will be a huge drop in the economy. And besides if youre too afraid to catch the american dream its your fault. We should look up to these people, they have to work for life.

    May 29, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dick Hertz

    Whoever runs the strongest anti – illegal immigration campaign gets my vote.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • disgustedNY

      I hate it say it because I generally cannot stomach Republicans but I am starting to entertain this thought.

      May 29, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doctor Dubs

      just let the mexicans in soon enough america could just buy mexico.

      May 29, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • Thomas

        Really doctor dubs, that's one of the most dumbest comments I have ever heard. Do you know how much money the USA owes to Mexico from Oil, look it up, you can't even pay your own dept what 15 Trillion, how the hell you going to buy Mexico????

        May 30, 2012 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |