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RELEASE: Who’s Playing the Race Card? Republicans Seem to Relish in Racial Divide

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Washington, D.C. — In today’s “Race and Beyond” column, CAP Action Senior Fellow Sam Fulwood III analyzes how the campaign trail’s latest strategies to rally their base confirm how the GOP continue to use race baiting this election season.

From Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney mentioning how he was “born and raised here,” to talk show host Chris Matthews’s confrontation with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” over the Romney campaign’s act of “playing that little ethnic card” in its false attacks against welfare reform and jokes about birtherism, it is clear that Republicans are relishing in the racial divide.

Fulwood concludes the GOP’s race-baiting approach to appeal to a dying base is a futile refuge for politicians with no place to turn. And given the country’s changing demographics, this will ultimately be a losing strategy for Republicans.

To read the full column, click here.

The following experts are available for comment:

  • Sam Fulwood, Senior Fellow at CAP Action
  • Daniella Gibbs Leger, Vice President for American Values and New Communities at CAP Action

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