Rubio: Republicans must ‘work harder than ever’ to reach minorities, immigrantsby George Bennett | November 7th, 2012
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, an early frontrunner in GOP 2016 presidential chatter, congratulated President Barack Obama on his re-election and said he plans to work on “upward mobility policies” and on communicating the conservative message to minority voters who overwhelmingly backed Obama.
“The conservative movement should have particular appeal to people in minority and immigrant communities who are trying to make it, and Republicans need to work harder than ever to communicate our beliefs to them,” said Rubio, the Hispanic Senator who is probably the GOP’s most prominent minority voice.
Read Rubio’s statement after the jump…
Statement by Sen. Marco Rubio on Tuesday’s election:
“I join my fellow Americans in thanking God we live in an exceptional democratic country where our leaders are elected peacefully at the ballot box. And I congratulate President Obama on his victory.
“It has been a privilege campaigning for Mitt Romney, getting to know him and traveling throughout the country on his behalf. When future generations look back on this election, I am proud they will count me among those who chose a path of limited government and free enterprise at a critical crossroads in our history. I am proud to have cast my vote for Mitt Romney.
“Now comes the hard part. America faces monumental challenges in putting people back to work, reducing our crushing debt and advancing our interests around the world.
“In the next Congress, I am committed to working on upward mobility policies that will ensure people who work hard and play by the rules can rise above the circumstances of their birth and leave their children better off. The conservative movement should have particular appeal to people in minority and immigrant communities who are trying to make it, and Republicans need to work harder than ever to communicate our beliefs to them. I look forward to working on these goals with my new and returning colleagues in Congress and hope the President will get behind our efforts.”