RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said on Saturday during a gathering of Latino public officials that the Republican party does a “lousy” outreach job in their community, according to the Chicago Tribune.
“I’ll be honest here. In the past two years, we’ve done a pretty lousy job of connecting in the Latino community,” Priebus said in his remarks at a Chicago event for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, as quoted by the Tribune. “We’ve missed out on opportunities to build better relationships. But that’s going to change.”
“I didn’t come here to convert you,” he added. “I hope that it’s clear that we want to earn your trust and your vote.”
Priebus further reiterated his belief in comprehensive immigration reform, and highlighted the work of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on getting an immigration bill to pass the Senate as proof that Republicans are leading on a key issue for Latino voters.
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