As the country moves forward, political analysts are still
looking back at the election results. One focus is on the Hispanic
OneNewsNow approached Mark Tooley of the Institute on Religion
& Democracy who notes the heavy Hispanic liberal vote, an
area where Mitt Romney suffered compared to George Bush in the 2004
election. Clear majorities of Hispanic voters -- both Catholic and
evangelical -- supported President Obama, who strongly favors
abortion and homosexual "marriage." This demographic vote came
despite the fact Hispanics are typically seen as having
conservative, traditional values.
"We have to assume that economic issues
and views towards the government played a role," Tooley says.
"But also we probably should assume that Republicans, who this
year in the presidential race almost completely avoided social
issues, made no connection with socially conservative Hispanic
The IRD leader believes that almost certainly Republicans could
have done better, at least among evangelical Hispanics, "but the
effort seems to not have been made seriously." At the same time,
Tooley points out while many white evangelicals voted for Romney,
many voted for Obama.
"That includes millions of voters who either agreed with
President Obama on same-sex marriage and abortion rights even
though they're evangelical, or simply decided to focus on other
issues that they thought more important -- or they were simply
uninformed," he says.
"We can't underestimate that -- that tens of millions of
American voters simply don't know the substance of the candidates'
positions on many issues."
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