Sunday, August 25, 2013

Colin Powell: Voter Suppression Will "Backfire" On GOP

Speaking on "Face The Nation" today, Former Secretary of State Colin Powell warned the Republican Party that voter suppression tactics are "going to backfire." He questioned GOP contentions of voter fraud and said that in an increasingly diverse country, preventing voting will not bring the Republicans new supporters. Watch:

POWELL: "...they claim there is widespread abuse and voter fraud, but nothing documented, nothing substantiates that. There isn’t widespread abuse. And so these kinds of procedures that are being put in place to slow the process down and make it likely that fewer Hispanics and African-Americans might vote, I think, are going to backfire because these people are going to come out and do what they have to do in order to vote. And I encourage that... Here’s what I say to my Republican friends: The country is becoming more diverse. Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and African-Americans are going to constitute a majority of the population in another generation. You say you want to reach out, you say you want to have a new message, you say you want to see if you can bring some of these voters to the Republican side. This is not the way to do it. The way to do it is to make it easier for them to vote. And then give them something to vote for that they can believe in. It’s not enough just to say, we have to have a new message. We have to have a new substance to that new message.”


Michael J. Mand said...

I still don't know why Colin Powell remains affiliated with the Republicans

Jeff Tone said...

It is a mystery, but I'm glad their is at least one sensible individual among them. Whether they heed his advice is another story.