By: Dan Well
Posted: Nov. 7th, 2012
Republicans need to make progress in attracting minority and immigrant voters if they are to succeed at the ballot box, says popular GOP Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.
“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,” he said in statement Wednesday. “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.”
The senator also gave a nod to cooperating with President Barack Obama on this issue. “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,” Rubio said, according to Politico.
Obama took 93 percent of the black vote, 71 percent of the Latino vote, and 73 percent of the Asian vote in his win over Mitt Romney, according to exit polls, CNN reports.
Rubio’s statement also included a shout-out to Romney: “It has been a privilege campaigning for Mitt Romney, getting to know him and traveling throughout the country on his behalf . . . I am proud to have cast my vote for Mitt Romney.”