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Romney: ‘Republican Party Needs to Do a Better Job Reaching Out to Minorities’

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On Monday’s broadcast of “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA), the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, discussed his annual summit that took place in Salt Lake City over the weekend that included a number of the 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls.

Also among those in attendance was former Obama adviser David Axelrod, who offered advice to Republicans and according to Romney, partially rang true as it pertained to Republican Party outreach to minorities.

“Most of what he said about things we need to do I think was very helpful,” Romney said. “I think the focus of what he said was ‘look at the demographics.’ The Republican Party needs to do a better job reaching out to minorities. Hispanic Americans, African-Americans, Asian Americans and so forth. And I think he is absolutely right. I think we have to make sure when we’re talking business and helping business that we are able to communicate that this is not because we’re so concerned about business leaders or owners. We’re concerned about people that want jobs. You see we understand that starting new businesses is the only way people are going to get better jobs and rising incomes.”

“Hillary Clinton famously said that businesses don’t create jobs,” he continued. “If they don’t create jobs, then who the heck does? So we understand what it takes to help the very people she is talking about and I think what David Axelrod was saying is you got to make sure that people understand that you’re all about helping middle class people have a brighter future and helping poor people get out of poverty – and we are.”

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