October 4, 2002 - Orange County Register: Gaddi Vasquez weighs in on courting the Hispanic Vote

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Gaddi Vasquez weighs in on courting the Hispanic Vote





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Hispanic leaders weigh in on courting the vote

By DENA BUNIS
The Orange County Register

WASHINGTON Two Orange County Hispanic political leaders talked Thursday about their view of the Pew survey.

Republican Gaddi Vasquez, Peace Corps director and first Hispanic Orange County supervisor:

Q: Why do even Hispanic Republicans seem to identify with the Democratic position on taxation, which is to raise taxes for larger government?

A: I believe that has a lot to do with funding for education and health services, two issues very key in the community.

Q: Nearly half of all Hispanic voters still identify with the Democratic Party. How can the GOP change that?

A: First, it has to become an absolute priority and the party needs to communicate its message in a way that it resonates. And it has to be an ongoing effort. This president in particular has made a strong commitment to close the gap.

Q: How long before both parties have a relatively equal share of the Latino vote?

A: It's going to evolve. On the one hand you have the fastest-growing segment of the population. But it's also a segment that does not vote anywhere near its potential. So I think as the Latino vote continues to increase, you will see a proportionate increase in the attention by those who seek office at all levels of government.




Read and comment on this story from the Orange County Register about the nationwide survey released Thursday by the Pew Hispanic Center and the Kaiser Family Foundation about patterns of Hispanic voting at:

Latinos don't fit in parties' pockets

Latinos don't fit in parties' pockets

Moral issues favor the GOP, but ideas on spending are more Democratic, a new survey shows.

By MARTIN WISCKOL
The Orange County Register

Latinos are more than twice as likely to register as Democrats than as Republicans, but in both cases they clash with their chosen parties on key issues, according to a nationwide survey released Thursday by the Pew Hispanic Center and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The poll of 1,329 Latino voters found 49 percent registered as Democrats and 20 percent as Republicans. Forty-one percent were born outside the United States.

While Democrats hold a strong advantage, younger Latino voters are less likely to become Democrats. They are likely to oppose the party's support of legalized abortion and gay rights.

The majority of Republican Latinos are willing to pay increased taxes for more services, while only 17 percent of white non-Latinos are.

Those active in Orange County politics from both parties said the poll mirrors attitudes they've seen here.

"I've always felt that Latinos don't feel completely comfortable in the Republican Party and they don't feel completely comfortable in the Democratic Party," said Santa Ana Councilman Jose Solorio.




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