Republican Party

Quinnipiac's most recent polling could play a role in who debates where in the first Republican presidential debate.
Nick Evans

The first presidential debate is looming, and under revised rules all seventeen Republican hopefuls—including two big names from Florida—will be squeezing onstage.  The only question is whether they’ll be the on the main stage or part of the opening act.

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.

Both Republicans and Democrats are trying to position themselves as THE party for women voters. Democrats are blasting the Republican Party for socially conservative positions on issues such as abortion and birth control. But Republicans are deflecting those claims and trying to put the spotlight on the President’s handling of the economy instead.

“It’s the mom’s who’ve always had to work harder to make things right. And it’s the mom’s—single, married, widowed—who really hold this nation together.” 

Trimmel Gomes WFSU-FM

Following the Republican National Convention in Tampa, there have been renewed talks about the lack of diversity, particularly among African Americans in the GOP. Leading Republicans have said the party needs to do a better job of spreading their message, but Florida’s Lieutenant Governor is said it’s up to minorities to be more receptive.