A Republican nominee in a high-profile race that could determine the balance of power in the Senate differentiated between what he called “traditional” voting populations and African-American and Hispanic ones in an interview two years ago.
North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis (R), who is attempting to unseat U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), said in an interview with the Carolina Business Review in 2012 that he thinks the Republican Party must “do a better job” communicating its message and learn how to “resonate” with minority voters given the state’s fast-growing Hispanic population.
When Tillis was asked what he thought of Hispanics not supporting his party, he said demographic changes were an issue Republicans would have to grapple with.
“If you take a look, you mentioned the Hispanic population — the African American population, there’s a number of things that our party stands for that they embrace,” Tillis said. He then explained that unlike Hispanic or black populations, which have been growing, the “traditional population of North Carolina and the United States is more or less stable.”
Tillis’ campaign said he was merely referring to North Carolinians who have been in the state for multiple generations.
Source: Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman