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ICYMI: Highlights From Conference Call With RNC Political Director Rick Wiley & Bryan Watkins

- July 20, 2011

RNC Political Director Rick Wiley:

“We have an opportunity in 2012 to take back the White House and it’s going to roll right through the southwestern part of the [United] States. The three states that we launched our ad campaign in today represent one third of the states that Barack Obama was able to take out of the win column of George W. Bush in 2004 …

“Obama’s strategist David Axelrod said that the President must hold these Southwest battleground states in order to have any chance for re-election, which signifies the importance of why we went up in New Mexico today …

“The President had comfortable margins with the Hispanic population in 2008, but wide margins in 2012 are far from a certainty as it relates to his failed record on the economy and job loss across this country …

“Nationally his job approval rating among Hispanics has fallen by 24 points since his inauguration … but amongst the Hispanic population where you’re hovering at 11.6%, it’s just not a clear path to victory for this President …

“We’re waiting for results from this President and I think when you look at the failed leadership we’ve witnessed for the last two and a half years, he’s going to have an uphill battle as it relates to trying to get to re-election …”

New Mexico GOP Executive Director Bryan Watkins:

“We’re highlighting the efforts that we’re going to put forward here and it shows how serious New Mexico is going to be in 2012 with the bigger electoral picture and how serious New Mexico is going to be in terms of turning this state red …

“One thing that RPNM is committed to doing is earning the trust of Hispanic voters through targeted community outreach. It won’t be easy, but we’re confident that if we take all the important steps of showing up, we can begin the dialogue and engage our common values of empowering job creators, invigorating the entrepreneurial spirit, and improving our education system …

“The substance for our argument doesn’t need to change. Many Republican values resonate strongly within the Hispanic communities, as we’ve seen in the past, last year alone; we obviously elected Governor Martinez and Lieutenant Governor Sanchez …

“Governor Martinez’s historical election showcases a change in direction for New Mexico and makes it clear that the Republican Party is home to many voters, including Hispanic voters and leaders …

“Unlike in 2008, New Mexico voters now have a clear contrast between a strong leader in Governor Martinez… and President Obama, who has a dismal economic record to defend. We think that the contrast in leadership will help the Republican nominee in 2012 …”

Click Here To Listen To The Full Audio: http://www.gop.com/audio/07.20.2011_nmadcc.mp3


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