The Democratic Party in Tomorrow's America: Hispanics in Politics

Jake Tapper, Ron Brownstein and Maria Elena Salinas host panel on Hispanics in politics.
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Good afternoon. Good afternoon and welcome. My name is Ron Brownstein and I and the editorial director of National Journal. And relatively here this afternoon also a political analyst for ABC. And an admirer and friend Univision. We are here today to talk about the Democratic Party in tomorrow's America the Hispanics surge and the new landscape. Of American politics. I don't have to tell the people in this room. That we are living through the most profound demographic change in the United States is the melting pot -- at the turn of the twentieth century. In many ways the twenty consensus. Was a postcard from the future in 1980 whites represent about four fifths of America's population. By 2000 it was 69%. In 2010 it had fallen to 63 point 7% Hispanics alone. Now constitute one in six Americans as is often the case the pace of change is greatest among the top. Today 47% of Americans under eighteen are non white. You know we all kind of have a sense that sometime in the distant future after 2040 we are on track to be a majority minority nation. But in the under eighteen population projections are that we will be majority minority as soon as a few years after 20/20 and in fact. Over the past year from July 2010 -- July 2011 we passed an historic tipping point. Where a majority of the newborns in the United States were non -- This -- change is not only deepening diversity in places that are accustomed to like Miami and Phoenix and Los Angeles and Dallas. It is spreading diversity to places that had not really -- very much of it in their history. From 2000 to 2010 Hispanic share of the population increased in every state. It accounted for a majority of the population increase in eighteen states and at least 40% is seven others. This is bringing new flavors to places. That we have long considered the demographic equivalent of white bread and mayonnaise in Des Moines, Iowa -- all of us who cover politics has spent our share of time. Half the kids in the K12 system are now non white. This transformation hasn't made its weight felt as quickly in the -- political arena but inexorably the demography is leading an imprint their two. When Bill Clinton was first elected 12% of the vote was -- white and 88% of the vote was cast by whites. When Barack Obama was elected. 74%. Of the vote was cast by whites and 26%. Of the vote was cast by non whites Hispanics were 2% of the vote. In 1992 and 9%. In 2008 and the best estimate is at 50000 Hispanic young people who were born in the US and our citizens turn eighteen every month. And we'll do so for at least the next twenty years in white and minorities voted the same way they did in 2008. But were present in the proportions they were in 1992. John McCain not Barack Obama would be seeking re election. This year instead Barack Obama became the first nominee. Ever. To lose whites by double digits and win the White House this year he could lose them by even more and still win. We are here today to talk about the impact of these momentous changes on policy and politics in America. At National Journal we have for years -- a special emphasis on illuminating. The implications of these trends most recently through our next America website at our next America supplements to National Journal magazine. I hope you'll take the opportunity to find that on our website. Our friends at ABC and Univision are also keenly attuned to these changes are launching an unprecedented project. A joint website and 24/7 cable network to address the growing Hispanic population in English. And talk about that and our program today. I -- turn over the the podium here to my colleagues Jake Tapper who is the senior White House correspondent for ABC news in a regular host. This week. And Maria Elena Salinas who is the anchor and Univision network news a radio commentator is syndicated columnist. And the most recognized. Female Hispanic journalists probably not only in America but the America as as well before before I gave you that the Mike to both of you talk about. Your thoughts and and your project as well just divide our. Will people watching to join us at hash tag 2012. DNC -- that -- and Maria Elena. It's a pleasure to be here -- -- really and an honor. On this special session and and to start off talking about the joint venture with Univision and ABC. We are thrilled at Univision for this joint venture for for several reasons not only because to working with such a professional group of of journalist and an ABC. But also because this will give us an opportunity to reach that part of of the Hispanic population that is it's either English dominant or would like to here. What's going on around the world. In -- in new language as you said. Are Hispanics are very young population. Every thirty seconds again -- -- and it turns eighteen they become adults and the growth of the Hispanic community has come more from. Hispanic born from you is born then form from immigrants. But -- more than that I think it would be an opportunity also to reach out to mainstream media. But you just know about Latinos we know our issues and I think this is an opportunity for for people out there. To understand boys this new sector that is growing so rapidly that the fastest growing sector of of the population and also of the electorate. What are our trials and tribulations are what our contributions to this to this country's I think in a way this this a joint ventures contributing. The democratic process in this country. It's it's working. It's it's such a fascinating year to be talking about McCain -- and politics. Obviously with both the democratic and Republican conventions we've seen. A real. Demonstration of -- both parties trying to reach out to these communities. Whether it is Marco Rubio with his prominent speaking or governor. Martinez. Or of course are our own our guest of honor table over there. Mayor Castro. We've seen both parties really try to reach out. One of the things that seems very interesting to me is while we have this happening I think its. Fair to say that that Mitt Romney has. On immigration reform the most conservative position. Of any. Republican presidential nominee at least going back to the seventies. One of the reasons for that that might be counter intuitive this is he's the first. Republican nominee not from a border state. Not from California Arizona or Texas and counter intuitively that might actually be one of the reasons why that is. Just to say a few words about the joint venture with Univision and I'm obviously thrilled to be here with Maria Elena she is a broadcast giants. Known and admired by millions and millions of Latinos who tune in every made her program she and her colleagues have brought their expertise. Two ABC news to -- programs to talk about important stories from the election in Mexico. Two obviously. The interest in the and of Latinos in America are. In the coming months ABC news and Univision are going to be working even more closely together as -- two companies get ready to launch. A new news entertainment and lifestyle network on line this fall. And on air. Next year over the first network with culturally. Relevant programming or not just news but -- current events music politics food entertainment health wellness. In English for the fastest growing demographic and US fifty million Hispanics over the it's it's a real pleasure entry to be sitting next --

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