It’s been two weeks of back-to-back Republican and Democratic National Conventions, and one demographic both parties hope to court during the presidential election is minority voters. But, while the Democrats have more of a diverse base, Republicans, who are mostly white, are seeing a lack of diversity in their party ranks.
A crucial part of President Barack Obama’s victory in 2008 was support he got from the 80-percent of minority voters. And, now four years later, the President needs at least that much to win in 2012.
Florida’s former Republican Governor Charlie Crist is getting a high profile speaking role at the Democratic National Convention Thursday, beating out those with deep roots in the Party. National Party officials say the decision to give Crist a speaking slot proves that they are the party of inclusion. Party Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she thinks Crist will get a warm reception during his speech.