ON-Lion Letter
In the Fall 2007 edition of Hoover DigestBradley Prize recipient Clint Bolick persuasively argues that Hispanics should more actively and effectively be courted by politicians.  "[T]he number of Hispanic voters in the United States will continue to increase inexorably," Bolick writes in "Listen to Latinos."  "Hispanics are not strongly attached to either political party, and many Republicans have enjoyed significant success in attracting their votes."

For Republicans, the difference between a 30% share and a 40% share of the Hispanic vote "is enough to matter significantly," Bolick continues.  "Republicans can effectively recruit Hispanic voters by emphasizing common values, without sacrificing any principles in the process -- even if those principles encompass tough border-control policies."

Hoover Digest is published by the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University.  Bolick is a Hoover research fellow and directs the Center for Constitutional Litigation (CCL) at the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix.

Bolick believes that Hispanics could best be courted by resolving the immigration issue, attracting as many Hispanics with conservative religious beliefs as non-Hispanics, aggressively promoting school choice, and reaching out "for real" to Hispanics.

"[T]he party can draw comfort from understanding that attracting Hispanic votes does not mean abandoning its core principles, but embracing them," he concludes.
Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation supports both the Hoover Institution and Goldwater's CCL.
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