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spokesman and deputy press secretary at the Republican National Committee during the 2000 presidential campaign,
Author, “Los Republicanos: Why Hispanics and Republicans Need Each Other.”
For reasons it will take us a long time to sort out, both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have both failed to connect with lower-income, working class rural and small town white voters in the Rust Belt. These are critical voters in swing states like Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia, even in blue or purple states like Pennsylvania and perhaps New York.
Six full weeks after we expected Hillary's Coronation, (remember on Super Tuesday, February 5), the battle between them slogs on, getting uglier and uglier by the day. Clinton has alienated two thirds of the black voters in the Rust Belt. Obama, meanwhile, seems unable to connect with females and working-class Democrats over 65.
Can either of these candidates, who seem to be alienating critical portions of their base, deliver these states against John McCain, who for the moment has independents all to himself? I'm beginning to doubt it.
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