Plouffe: Republicans ‘Rightly Are Viewed as Being Intolerant’ on Immigration

August 4, 2014 - 1:04 PM

David Plouffe

Former senior presidential adviser David Plouffe (AP Photo/William Plowman)

( - David Plouffe, former senior adviser to President Obama, said Monday at Politico’s Playbook Lunch that the Republican Party is not being heard on any other issue right now, “because they rightly are viewed as being intolerant” on the immigration issue and not wanting to participate in the solution.

“But right now, the Republican Party’s not heard on any other issue, because they rightly are viewed as being intolerant and not wanting to be a participant in solving the immigration problem,” said Plouffe.

Plouffe said the GOP has “made the problem worse,” so any Republican who supports comprehensive immigration reform and speaks out against deporting Dream kids is put in “a really tough position.”

Plouffe said the power of the Republican Party comes from people like conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh. “That’s where the power is,” Plouffe said.

He said the base of the GOP is with people like Limbaugh, former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) – and Tea Partiers who are convinced that allowing illegals who were brought to this country as kids to stay under the president’s Dream Act means amnesty.

Plouffe also said that the immigration issue leads the newscast in Hispanic media.

“It’s covered as intensively as the Super Bowl is on ESPN. Every move that’s made here in Washington, as it relates to immigration – and this went going back to 2011 - all those Republican debates that Romney and others participated in when they were talking about self-deportation. These were leading the newscasts on Univision and Telemondo and local Latino networks,” he said.

“So what happened in the House last week, it was a big national story in newspapers. It was a huge story in the Latino media,” Plouffe said, adding that Republicans are “just digging themselves a deeper and deeper hole right now, and until they fix that, they’re going to have a hard time winning an electoral majority in my view.”