CPAC has seen a host of pro-immigration speakers Thursday, but Rick Perry apparently was the straw that broke the camel’s back for the audience.
“Now, the popular media narrative — is that this country has shifted away from conservative ideals, as evidenced by the last two presidential elections,” Perry said. “That is what they say. That might be true if Republicans had actually nominated conservative candidates in 2008 and 2012. That might be true. But now we are told our party must shift appeal to the growing Hispanic demographic.”
At “growing Hispanic demographic” Perry was greeted with an instant smattering of boos. But the crowd came around as he went on to suggest that an economic message, not immigration, was what was needed to win over Hispanic voters.