On Meet the Press, Pat Buchanan had this gem:
“[L]et me explain it, 90 percent of Republican votes are — in the general election are non-Hispanic, white. That is a higher percentage in the primaries, even higher percentage in New Hampshire and Iowa. These are [sic] what is going to decide this nomination, Tim.
“There is a risk going to this gathering here, and there’s very little reward, in my judgment, in those early battles….
It seems to me that reaching out to minority voters would have little to no risk, and big reward… unless… that vast majority of white voters would somehow take exception to candidates talking to minority voters. I’m having a hard time imagining what else Buchanan could be implying here, other than that the GOP electorate is racist – or at least racist enough that talking to minority voters would cause a candidate to lose support.
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