Rice: Immigration Debate Chance to Show GOP Has ‘Broad Appeal’

Jennifer Martinez, The Hill, January 20, 2013

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Sunday said that immigration reform would be a pivotal issue for Republicans, who needed to prove their party had “broad appeal.”

“I think immigration is really the big issue, frankly. We sent some pretty bad signals around immigration,” said Rice, as she made her debut as a CBS News contributor on “Face the Nation.”

In a panel discussion, Rice said the Republican Party needed to shift its messaging on immigration and said voters would be watching the upcoming debate on comprehensive immigration reform in Congress.

“The Republican Party certainly has to stop turning off large segments of the population. I’ve said it’s not a strategy to keeping hoping that parts of the population don’t turn out. You’ve got to simply broaden,” Rice said. “The Republican Party has to demonstrate that it has broad appeal.”

Rice also praised Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) for leading the call for immigration reform among Republicans in the Senate.

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  • The Republican Party has turned ME into a democrat voter, and I’ve been reading and commenting on Amren for over 12 years now!
    My voting order:
    1. Hard core (corps?) right wingers who think the GOP is a liberal party.
    2. Democrats.
    3. Third Party, or anyone but a liberal republican.
    Republicans like Dole, McCain, and Romney will have me voting for the liberal Democrat Party. I am not ashamed to see twenty something white guys feel the brunt of Affirmative Action. These are the same smug teenagers 4-10 years ago who called me a racist bigot.

    • Stentorian_Commentator

      As Jesus said of the Jews, our salvation will have to come from the GOP, but I sympathize with your position. I am in a deep blue state, so my vote does not matter much, so if the constitution party or american third position had been on the ballot, I would have gone for them. However, I did vote for Mittens. The key for us is to rally white folks, and unfortunately we have to start doing it now. I’m for a Rand Paul and kris Kobach ticket at this point, but I’ll take anyone who is for an immigration moratorium, immigration enforcement, trade balance, and dismantling affirmative action. Rubio and any Bush will not fit the bill, but if we don’t rally around one who will, then the big money wins the day. Honestly, I don’t know how to rally people enough, but I hope Rand Paul or someone like him does.

      Oh, and isn’t Condoleezza just bleepin’ useless?

      • Jerrybear

        Rand Paul is a bit wishy washy on immigration but he’d be a huge improvement. Neocons are declaring Rubio the next president. His immigration plan is almost as bad as the leftist amnesty plan. If they would actually lock down the border, even I’d be for compromising on an amnesty. But that won’t happen. We’ll get a broad amnesty with little to no enforcement and future amnesties to come.

        • wattylersrevolt

          A vote for Rand Paul is a vote for the death of Native Born White America.

        • So CAL Snowman

          Rand Paul and Marco Rubio play for the same team -Team Crush White America. What do you not understand about this? The republicans are as evil and hostile to us as the democrats.

          • Jefferson

            Rand Paul is a Libertarian, and most Libertarians are pro-open borders because they believe open borders is the epitome of smaller government.

            Most Libertarians believe that if you want government to secure the borders and kick out the Illegals to preserve America’s White majority, than you are a racist big government totalitarian nazi who wants a police state.

          • Extropico

            If one demands open borders while knowing that all these migrants will be entitled to “free” education, health care, job quotas and welfare, then I submit that person claiming to be a libertarian is a poseur.

          • Joseph

            Exactly. More likely a Democrat who wants to keep his firearms.

          • Our Soviet America

            I’ll be voting for the racist big government totalitarian nazi party. If the media do not consider a person a nazi they aren’t worth voting for.

        • George White

          NO AMNESTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jerrybear

      There’s nothing quite so disgusting as a neocon liberal Republican lecturing the GOP for being ‘so extreme’. Have they looked at the blatantly anti-white anti-liberty party known as the Democrats? They are unrecognizable compared to the Democrats of 40 years ago. That being said, I’d recommend not voting at all rather than voting for Democrats. I see your point about embracing the coming collapse of society but I’d personally rather slow down the process. More time to prepare.

    • Joseph

      Well, that’s okay but it is like setting your house afire to teach the burglars a lesson.

  • The__Bobster

    Real Republicans don’t become talking heads for CBS News. Only the “good” ones do.

  • Guest

    Strange, we have another “Hispanic activist” who looks strangely gringo.

    • So CAL Snowman

      Condolezza Rice is definitely NOT a gringo.

  • Condoleezza Rice-a-Roni is now on CBS, soon to be joined by Susan Rice-a-Roni. Their common Uncle Ben would be proud.

  • fakeemail

    Lord, Rice and Powell have shown their true colors. I hope this is a wake-up call to the loyal white Republicans who *really* believed that black Republicans were part of the good guys.

    • George White

      Exactly. Rice and Powell have turned out to be anti-white bigots. Big surprise.

    • redfeathers

      Let’s throw Michael Steele in there too. MSNBC can always count on him to play the race card.

  • So CAL Snowman

    Oh yes NOT wanting to turn our entire country over to the teeming hispanic/latino hordes south of the border is sending “bad signals.” Just die already Republican party.

    • Rice, Powell and Bush are traitors. They went half-way around the globe to attack a non-existent dange in Irag, while they claimed they were protecting America. But now they really want to destroy it by subverting the rule of law and bringing in tens of millions of 3rd worlders.

      The GOP can go to hell.

      • Joseph

        “The GOP can go to hell.”

        They are working to build it here by importing demons to torment us.

  • wattylersrevolt

    A vote for the Republican Party is a vote for the death of Native Born White America.

  • storibund

    I am SO freakin sick of these Republicans. I worked for their causes for decades, always believing the slop about “lesser of two evils”. Friends tried to open my eyes during the Bush admin, but it wasn’t until Harriet Myers that the red pill moment finally happened.

    At least the democrats admit they’re our enemies; these repubs are the worst lot, having merely pretended all this time they thought and believed the same things we do.

    Since the election, they don’t feel like they have to wear their masks anymore; hopefully more and more of the repub party “faithful” will have their eyes opened.

  • wattylersrevolt

    What are you willing to give up for being a racial minority within the borders America..my fellow Native Born White Americans?…you will have to give up all the things that make life worth living.
    I must say, Condelleza Rice most definitely looks like an archaic humanoid form that never really made out of the Rift Valley….

  • Bill

    The GOP should tell Rice to go suck eggs. She proved herself when she endorsed Obama over the Republican candidate. She’s a negress, and always will be a negress who is NOT the least bit concerned with American (i.e. White) economic and physical security. She betrayed the elitist White privileged men who elevated her far above her merits. If she did that to them, you can imagine what she thinks of honor and whites in general.

    • bigone4u

      Like Obama, Condi is a magic Negro. Idiot Dick Morris wanted her as the Republican nominee for President. Idiot Morris also forecast a Romney landslide.

  • George White

    Crazy bitch.

  • 1stworlder

    Dont you feel sorry for the people that said she got a job based on merit instead of being a token?

    • Joseph

      No. They are useful idiot enablers.

  • wattylersrevolt

    No sane Native Born White American would put their family’s fate in the hands of Condelleza Rice and Colin Powell. That would be like a Jew volunteering duing during WW11 to enter a Concentration Camp with family in tow and volunteering to push the button for releasing the zyclon b gas.

  • shattered

    They can pay for the 11 million new welfare recipients.

  • Nathanwartooth

    This is genius.

    Stopping immigration is about the only thing that would get me to vote Republican at this point.

    But the worst part is that libertarians are for open borders too! Guess I’ll just vote for the american third party or just write in a candidate that just says “Anyone who will stop immigration”.

    • Joseph

      “Big L” Libertarians may approve of open borders BUT- there would be no handouts to entice invaders. More conservative libertarians know that the system is never going back from freebies so just want to stop more invaders from entering.

      • Nathanwartooth

        Yeah in an ideal situation if we had no welfare, medicade, section 8, etc for invaders then there wouldn’t be as many. But when you think about it, would you rather be poor in Africa, Mexico or the USA? Even without welfare it’s not an AIDS infested hell hole.

        • Joseph

          I’m just saying that I *know* some others that I’ve talked to think that cutting benefits will reduce the influx and THAT would be some help. It appears that there are some (many?) on this forum who don’t like Ron Paul but he *did* try to propose a realistic approach of ending all benefits to illegals as a way to curb the takeover. He knew that they were never going to send back what we have. You have to work to achieve what might be possible rather than just bitch about the way it *ought* to be.

          In an ideal system, they’d stop ALL immigration, pull all of the troops from overseas, put a bunch on the border immediately, and use the rest to assist INS with routing the rest of them out and put the fear into Mexico of another losing war with the US -in the *ideal* system.

          I’d be willing to settle today, for just not paying them to come here.

  • Rob

    Every single black “conservative” voted, in 2008, for Obama. The enemy of the collective of the Democrat voting blocs is THE WHITE RACE. Regan’s Amnesty in 1986 gave untold MILLIONS of illegals their citizenship. Look how that has worked out. The dagger to the heart of America was the Immigration

    and Nationality Act Amendments of 1965. That was the END OF AMERICA, and the odds of us being able to have that changed appear to be none. If you look into the movers and shakers behind the change of the immigration law then you will understand ALL of it, how a White, Christian nation has been transformed into a sewer. It is just SICKENING.

  • maxonepercent

    Opposition to “amnesty” and increased immigration is one of the few topics that has broad appeal on both sides of the political aisle. Republicans are opposed to it on economic and cultural grounds, while many Democrats oppose it because illegal immigrants compete with the working class for jobs and welfare. In fact, opposing immigration is one of the few in-roads the GOP has to appeal to the working-classes.

  • Jefferson

    Unfortunately America is a center left nation. Which is why anti-illegal immigrant politicians like Tom Tancredo can never be elected president in this country.

    Politicians like Tom Tancredo are considered “racist extremists” by the American masses who have been brainwashed into believing that diversity and importing more people from south of the border is a good thing because we are a “nation of immigrants”.

  • Epiminondas

    Third world “immigrants” will never adopt the Republican ideals of low taxes and self responsibility. They are coming for economic reasons, not liberty. They will always vote their own interests…and that means Democrat.

  • bigone4u

    Hispanics want unlimited immigration of their kind because there is safety and power in numbers. They cannot think to the next step, which is that the immigration they favor holds their wages and opportunities down.

    Since I have seen up close what Jose Unchained has wrought, I’m a one issue voter. Either shut off immigration or get out of my face. Republicans can take any amnesty bill and shove it as far as I am concerned.

  • odious liberal

    Another bogus republican. Rice is bigot just like powell.

  • dd121

    The Republicans, in an attempt to avoid being called racists, actually tried to raise up a few blacks to positions of power in the Republican party. Of course the result is people like Powell and Rice who have struck like vipers at their benefactors. By their nature they’re a vile people. The Democrats don’t even bother to bring blacks into their administrations. They know better. The Dems con them out of their vote then spit in their hand. Poetic justice I’d say.

    • Joseph

      The Dems don’t need blacks in power; the black votes are already guaranteed.

    • Do not forget, West, Steele, Cain, Love and Vernon Parker….

  • And when the GOP helps ram through immigration reform[amnesty], they lose their base and win millions of new voters for the democrats.

    This is an issue of law and order, and whether or not American citizenship is to be given away so cheaply. THAT is how to frame it. It will play well with the conservative base and could win back the Reagan democrats.

    In the last 20 years, our population grew by 88 million, a lot, if not most of it, from legal immigration and then allowing them to bring in their grandmothers and cousins and be put on the dime of the tired American taxpayer.

    We’ve outsourced our economy. The middle class is under economic attack, our economy is not providing enough jobs for native born American, and the GOP is ready to wave a white flag even before the fight begins. We know the GOP is the stupid party, but it’s now the cowardly party as well?

  • And when the GOP helps ram through immigration reform[amnesty], they lose their base and win millions of new voters for the democrats.

    This is an issue of law and order, and whether or not American citizenship is to be given away so cheaply. THAT is how to frame it. It will play well with the conservative base and could win back the Reagan democrats.

    In the last 20 years, our population grew by 88 million, a lot, if not most of it, from legal immigration and then allowing them to bring in their grandmothers and cousins and be put on the dime of the tired American taxpayer.

    We’ve outsourced our economy. The middle class is under economic attack, our economy is not providing enough jobs for native born American, and the GOP is ready to wave a white flag even before the fight begins. We know the GOP is the stupid party, but it’s now the cowardly party as well?

    • Joseph

      The Repubs have been too busy protecting us from invading Iraqis and Iranians and working for personal liberties in Egypt and Libya.

      • wattylersrevolt

        Joseph
        I hope you really don’t believe that nonesense about invading Iraqis and Iranians…you’re joking right? When Bush said:”e have to be there or the terrorist will come here to harm Americans… he was of course engaging in bold-face lying. Republican-Democratic Party race-replacement immigration policy imports terrorists. Joge W Bush should have been put on trial for treason.

        • Joseph

          Uh…no.

          • Joseph

            How’s this?

            Sarcasm ON:

            “The Repubs have been too busy protecting us from invading Iraqis and Iranians and working for personal liberties in Egypt and Libya.”

            Sarcasm OFF:

  • Joseph

    When will somebody drop a house on this witch and her sister Hillary?

  • wattylersrevolt

    A vote for the Republican Party is a vote for the death of Native Born White America.

  • Greg Thomas

    In other words, if the GOP doesn’t succumb to the amnesty demands of some 30 million illegal invading hispancs, they are toast. This is the message that anti-American traitors Rice and most of the Democrats want the American people to believe. Agreeing to amnesty is a
    condition precedent to attracting hispanics to the GOP.

    Reagan’s amnesty of 1986 gave some 5 million illegal invading hispancs amnesty. How many of those hispancs today are card-carrying members of the GOP? My guess is very few. Reason being, the GOP does not give dead beats enough goodies, which hispanics find
    offensive. Nevertheless, why would any party want the vote of a demographic
    that is attempting to hold this country hostage for their vote?

    Why should any political party have to sacrifice not only the rule of law, but
    also the sovereignty of this country in order to appeal politically to any group!
    In saner times, anyone who pushed such poison would be viewed with great
    suspicion.

  • SintiriNikos

    This is what Derbyshire once called one of the smartest women in America. Are these people mental or what? Anyway, I for quite some time have cared little about the GOP “broadening its base”. For all I care it can sit on its broad base and decay into oblivion. The most ridiculous party.