Then there are Hispanic voters, evangelicals and Catholics, who voted with Republicans on social conservative issues. But the Republicans have shunned them. The Miami-Herald is reporting that, Univisión, the Spanish language network has called off the Republican presidential debate after only one contender agreed to participate. The Miami-Herald states that, “All eight Democratic candidates are slated to show up Sept. 9, and party leaders plan to highlight the contrast. The New Democratic Network, a nationwide political group, is planning news conferences and inviting Hispanic leaders, including Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, former Cabinet member Henry Cisneros and U.S. Rep. Luís Gutiérrez of Illinois.” Many Hispanic broke with the Republican Party over immigration and poverty issues. And of course Democrats have a Hispanic candidate, Bill Richardson.
Also considering breaking from the Republican Party are evangelical Christian disappointed in the scandals plaguing Republican lawmakers, and concerned with rising poverty and environmental issues. Unsatisfied with the choice of candidates the Republican Party has put forth, they wonder if the Democratic candidates are morally more fit for office. They find particularly appealing John Edwards, the white southern Christian male candidate. His issues, poverty and education, are both problems that have long plagued the south. His concern for the environment and oil as a national security issue plays well with them. He is addressing issues that have long been neglected and are overdue for a little attention.
The question for the Democratic Party is can they choose a candidate who can hold all these potential swing voters and turn them into lifelong democrats.
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