In the run-up to the critical Florida GOP primary, a man who knows a thing or two about politics in the Sunshine State has a word of caution for his Republican brethren: They risk losing the key Hispanic-American voting bloc.
In an opinion in today's Washington Post, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who said he's staying neutral in the primary fight, warned candidates that their hard swings to the right on immigration reform could be their undoing:
"Republicans should reengage on this issue and reframe it. Start by recognizing that new Americans strengthen our economy. We need more people to come to this country, ready to work and to contribute their creativity to our economy. U.S. immigration policies should reflect that principle. Just as Republicans believe in free trade of goods, we should support the freer flow of human talent."
Bush reminded Republicans that "in the 15 states that are likely to decide who controls the White House and the Senate in 2013, Hispanic voters will represent the margin of victory."