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RNC Chairman meets with Colorado Latinos in Denver

RNC Communications - February 26, 2013

DENVER — Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus met with Hispanic leaders here Monday afternoon and told reporters that the GOP needs to do a better job of talking to minority and other voters on a year-round basis.

The visit comes a few months after President Barack Obama trounced Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney with Latino voters, winning that demographic group by a margin of three-to-one nationally and in Colorado.

Preibus’s three-state western tour is part of a larger project to meet with local party members and volunteers and develop a strategy that will help the GOP be more competitive in 2014 and beyond.

“Showing up four months, five months ahead of time isn’t going to cut it,” Priebus told reporters after the event, which was closed to the public. “We have to build authentic, real relationships, and that takes time.”

Priebus praised Republican U.S. senators who had worked with Democrats on an immigration bill that would give legal status to most of the country’s 11 million undocumented immigrants after steps are taken to secure the U.S.-Mexico border.

Stopping short of endorsing the proposal outlined by Senate leaders, Priebus told reporters that Republicans need to talk about the immigration issue, and others, in a more empathetic, humane way, without abandoning conservative principles.

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