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Bettina Inclan
  • Republican National Committee Finally Acknowledges the Existence of Women

    For months people have been accusing Republicans of not acknowledging that women exist and/or have opinions. But now a new ad from the Republican National Committee proves that they at least care about one woman's needs…

    The actress is played by RNC Director of Hispanic Outreach Bettina Inclan, which may bother some political junkies, but I think she actually does a pretty good job. She reads her lines, doesn't go off script and has hair. She's a triple threat. In fact, if you count how threatened Republicans feel around Hispanics and women, she's a quintuple threat.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Bettina Inclan, Republicans
  • Mitt Romney Does/Does Not Have a Firm Belief About Immigration

    mitt romneyMitt Romney is often criticized for being a spineless flip-flopper on issues ranging from the auto bailout to abortion and immigration. But that's totally unfair.

    Romney is resolute in his belief that he does not yet have any resolute beliefs about anything

    RNC Hispanic Outreach Director Bettina Inclán fumbled when asked to defend likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's views on immigration, which were hit by some Republicans and observers during the primary as being too extreme and a liability in the general election.

    "I think as a candidate, to my understanding, he's still deciding what his position on immigration is," Inclán said. "So I can't talk about what his proposal is going to be because I don't know"…

    A few minutes after Inclán's statement, RNC spokeswoman Kristen Kukowski interrupted the briefing to explain that Romney does indeed have position on immigration, but the RNC just wasn't prepared to talk about it. She added that Romney has only been the presumptive nominee for a few weeks, and the RNC and campaign haven't completed the transition process.

    Yeah, calm down, guys. Mitt Romney has only been the nominee for a few weeks and has only been a prominent politician for the last 18 years. That's only 936 weeks. You can't expect Romney to just possess a core belief about one of our nation's most important issues in that short of a time.

    Before Romney can state his campaign's official position on immigration, he must figure out what he believes in his heart. That is, what polls and focus groups say he believes in his heart. Just give him another 900 weeks. By that time, Romney will have figured out his heartfelt stance on crucial issues like immigration and gay marriage.

    Though President Obama will probably still be "evolving."

    Related: Mitt Romney Dips His Toe into Marco Rubio's Immigration Plan

    Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Bettina Inclan, Hispanic, Immigration, Mitt Romney, Republicans
  • GOP's Plan to Win the Latino Vote: Ignore All Vaguely Latino Issues

    With their tough stance on illegal immigration, opposition to the DREAM Act and general disregard for lower-income families, Republicans seem like natural enemies of the Latino community.

    Despite these differences, the GOP is trying desperately to win them over. Meet Bettina Inclán, the Republican in charge of convincing Latinos to vote against their own interests

    In late January, on the eve of the Florida primary, Bettina Inclán, the 32-year-old head of Hispanic outreach for the Republican National Committee (RNC), appeared on Fox News opposite progressive activist Simon Rosenberg to discuss the Latino vote…

    Inclán's strategy during the Fox News segment seemed clear: She gamely tried to direct the conversation toward just about anything other than the GOP candidates' views on immigration. When Rosenberg brought up Romney's "anti-immigrant, anti-Latino" campaign, Inclán… smiled and responded by criticizing President Obama's record on the economy…

    [F]our of the key swing states in this election… have large Hispanic populations. But how can a party appeal to a group toward which it is directing such harsh rhetoric? That is the dilemma Bettina Inclán will have to solve. As Rosenberg told me, "She's got the hardest job in politics."

    It sounds pretty easy, actually. All the Republicans have to do to win over Latinos is avoid talking about immigration, taxes, education, the economy and pretty much any other issue that's important to Latinos.

    In any case, this wouldn't be the first time Republicans tricked an entire demographic into voting against their own interests. Despite dismantling the middle class and subsidizing multimillion-dollar corporations, Republicans manage to capture the vote of working-class white men every year. I guess blue-collar workers have been screwed so many times, they think the GOP is in love with them.

    Tags: Bettina Inclan, Fox News, Immigration, Latino, Republicans, RNC