WHO: Eric Hershberg, American University (moderator); Jason Casellas, University of Houston; Ali Valenzuela, Princeton University; Sylvia Manzano, Latino Decisions; David Winston, The Winston Group; Leslie Sanchez, political analyst; Glen Bolger, Public Opinion Strategies; Jordan Fabian, Univision (moderator)

WHAT: Discussion of why Latino support of Republican Candidates has fallen.

WHEN: March 7, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

WHERE: American University’s School of International Service Abramson Family Founders Room (Intersection of Nebraska and New Mexico Aves, NW). See map here

Event also available via live web stream

Media RSVPs are requested no later than March 6 at 5 pm to J. Paul Johnson, American University Communication, 202-885-5943 or [email protected]

Washington, D.C. (March 5, 2014) -- With the stakes high in the 2016 midterms and even higher in 2016, the Republican Party is seeking ways to reconnect with Latino voters. Not since 2004 when President Bush won 40 percent of the Latino vote has the Republican Party been able to energize the Latino electorate. American University’s Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS) will host: The Republicans’ Latino Problem & How It Can Be Fixed featuring two panels. The first will look at what’s happened over the last decade and why. The second will look forward at what political strategies are being implemented to connect the GOP to Latinos.

10:00 am – 11: 15 am Panel 1: The Main Issues: Complicating Latino Support of the Republican PartyDiscussion among political scientists on the factors affecting Latino support such as prospects for attracting Latino support based on cultural conservatism and religiosity and perceptions of immigration reform.

Moderated by CLALS director Eric Hershberg. The panelists are Jason Casellas, University of Houston, Ali Valenzuela, Princeton University, and Sylvia Manzano, Latino Decisions.

11:45 am - 1 pmPanel 2: Political Strategies to Connect the Republican Party with Latino VotersDiscussion among Republican campaign strategists assessing the tactics and messages to improve its standing among Latino voters.

Moderated by Jordan Fabian of Univision. The panelists are David Winston, The Winston Group; Leslie Sanchez, political analyst; and Glen Bolger, Public Opinion Strategies.