Hispanic Leaders Get Sanders, Clinton to Promise to Name Latinos to Cabinet

Hispanic Leaders Get Sanders, Clinton to Promise to Name Latinos to Cabinet


A 20-question survey by the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda sent to Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders has gotten results.

Both Sanders and Clinton have vowed to select Latinos to their cabinet if elected.  It’s not that it’s a shock that a Democrat in the White House would select a Latino cabinet member, but it is surprising to see advocates win a specific commitment this early in the campaign for the White House.

The commitment from Sanders and Clinton came in the answers to a according to questionnaire question sent by the National Hispanic Leadership coalition which is made up of all of the leading Hispanic organizations.  They sent their candidate questionnaire and released their agenda back in February.

Predictable, the group only received responses from the campaigns of the two Democrats running for the White House:  Sen. Sanders and former Secretary of State Clinton.  No Republican has responded to the candidate questionnaire.

Even though RNC Chairman Reince Priebus released an “autopsy” report in early 2013 outlining what the GOP had to do to win minority voters, Republican candidates continue to pretend as if it’s 1952.

All the numbers demonstrate that the demographics of the U.S. are expanding regarding people of color.  Yet Republican frontrunner and billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump is set on acting as if the numbers and the demographics don’t exist with the intention of focusing on white voters.  Trump’s strategy is a more obvious in your face example of what former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney attempted to do in 2012. Romney lost.  And even though many in the GOP have urged changes in the way the party addressed African Americans, there is a reluctance to face the coming reality of a changing America.


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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke