GOP TRIES TO COURT ASIAN VOTERS

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

May 16, 2013

LOS ANGELES–With the Philippine elections over, Filipinos are back into focusing on American politics, celebrating Asian American history month with the Republican Party as it tries to rebrand itself as a political party for minorities.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus met with Asian American republican leaders to talk about their outreach efforts.

Since this year, the GOP is actively courting California with its 55 electoral votes, and its growing Asian American voting block.

The Pew Research center shows that during the 2012 presidential elections, more second generation Asians and Latinos voted for President Obama.

Overall, 26% percent of Asians voted republican down from 55 percent in 1992.

“If you don’t show up and you’re not campaigning on a year round basis in the Asian community then why would you expect to do well? So we’re trying to change that,” explained Priebus.

In an attempt to win the support of Asian voters, the RNC has hired full time Asian American staff
and have asked long time republicans to not only help register voters, but to convince them to be members of the party.

“We have to make sure we share to the community what republican is all about. It’s about justice, integrity and fairness, equality,” said Cecile Ramos who chairs the Filipino American Republican Party of LA.

In the mean time Filipino American democrats have also been active, trying to continue the growth among Filipino American voters. While Priebus met with Asian mericans, the group ‘Kaya’ held an informal meeting with the Philippine consulate on voter outreach and key Filipino issues.
You may contact Steve Angeles at steve_angeles@abs-cbn.com

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