Well, VP Joe Biden sorta said that. What he actually said was:
“What’s finally happened is the American people, the American people have finally begun to understand …the awesome potential, future potential of the Hispanic community,” he said Thursday at a welcome reception for new Latino members of Congress. “…Now the nation — and I might add the hemisphere — understands the Hispanic community must be courted. Must be courted.”
Of course, as I always say, it’s all about policy. And VP Biden didn’t ignore the policy implications of what he stated.
At the same time, the vice president said the deferrals are “only a small part of what has to be done.” But he also said that he believes Republicans have had a “rapid epiphany” since the election about immigration reform.
Obviously, Latinos are not only about immigration reform, but it is the one issue that Republicans, including their great brown hopes like Cruz and Rubio, have used as their means of pumping up their Tea Party base. In 2012, we all know how that went, but the message is clear: Don’t target Latinos with hateful legislation if you want to win. And the message goes for Democrats, too.
At least the VP seems to get it.
“You’re the center of this nation’s future,” he said.