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Gov. Walker: Americans still trust Republicans


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s Scott Walker said on “Fox News Sunday” that Americans still trust Republicans – and governors like him can play a key role in making the party more diverse.

The GOP’s been doing a lot of soul searching since losing to President Obama 13 days ago.

Democrat Obama got 80 percent of the non-white vote in exit polls – and Republican Mitt Romney outperformed 2008 nominee John McCain among white men, and still couldn’t win. Non-whites made up 28 percent of voters this year, up from 20 percent in 2000 – and the biggest growth came from Hispanics.

Walker will continue to have a high national profile as the new vice-chairman of the Republican Governors Association. He said 30 states will have GOP governors in January so, “The trust factor is there.”

Walker said his party has a great message that works for young people and immigrants and for, “anyone who wants to live their piece of the American dream.”

In a conference call with donors, Romney blamed his loss on “extraordinary financial gifts” which he said Obama gave to his political base – blacks, Hispanics, and young people. But Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, the incoming chair of the GOP governors, said it’s not good politics to insult people and say their votes were bought.

On CNN, former U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said he has formed a campaign group to support Republicans who back immigration reform – including a legal status for the 11 million illegal immigrants now in the country.