The chairman of the Republican National Committee told a gathering of the nation’s Latino public officials Saturday that the GOP has done a “lousy” job reaching out to their community, but pledged that a new outreach campaign shows “we want to earn your trust, and your vote.”

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus also reiterated his belief in the need for “comprehensive” immigration reform but acknowledged he’s not a policy maker who can shape a plan for Republicans who control the House.

Priebus’ appearance before the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, holding its 30th annual convention at a downtown Chicago hotel, marked another step in the GOP’s outreach efforts following an intensive study in the aftermath of the 2012 elections.

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  • "Self-Deportation"

    "Immigrant: Deport thyself." Not exactly the kind of message you want to send when you're courting Latino voters. Unsurprisingly, Romney backed away from the phrase shortly after taking it for a test spin in the GOP primary, but it reappeared during the presidential debates. Romney won just 27 percent of the Latino vote, the lowest figure since Bob Dole's campaign in 1996.

  • East Haven Mayor 'Might Have Tacos' To Reach Out To Latino Community

    Mayor of the Connecticut town of East Haven, Joseph Maturo Jr. <a href="http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/01/let_them_eat_tacos_mayors_regrettable_response_to_police_abuse_of_latinos.phphttp://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/01/let_them_eat_tacos_mayors_regrettable_response_to_police_abuse_of_latinos.php">said he "might have tacos"</a> when asked what he'd do for the Latino community after four police officers were arrested on charges of racial profiling. The majority of the Latino community in the town of <a href="http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/02/taco_mayor_on_new_appointee_is_he_not_dark_enough_for_you.php">New Haven is Ecuadoran</a>, not Mexican, according to Talking Points Memo.

  • Rep. Steve King Compares Immigrants To Dogs, Insists It's A Compliment

    Iowa Republican Steve King ruffled feathers when he compared immigrants to dogs. In subsequent interviews, King not only stood behind the comments -- <a href="http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2012/06/14/rep-steve-king-defends-comparison-between-immigrants-and-dogs/">he insisted he meant them as a compliment</a>: "In my house, we have raised really good, high-quality Labrador Pointers, we’ve received the pick of the litter from all over the planet. You pick the vigor, the most perky. It was the utilization of the pick of the litter. What is the pick – the alert, the frisky, that’s the one you want. If someone is insulted by that, I don’t know that they belong in this country."

  • Mitt Romney Wishes He Were Latino, Because It's Easier To Win The Presidency That Way

    "My dad, as you probably know, was the governor of Michigan and was the head of a car company. But he was born in Mexico ... and had he been born of Mexican parents, I'd have a better shot at winning this. But he was unfortunately born to Americans living in Mexico. He lived there for a number of years. I mean, I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino." -- Mitt Romney Mitt Romney was apparently unaware that most Mexican immigrants face greater obstacles on their path to the presidency than white children born to wealthy parents with political connections.

  • Bill O'Reilly Says Latinos Want Things, Stuff

    Upset about Obama's electoral victory, Bill O'Reilly lamented the country's demographic shift, saying "the white establishment is now the minority." (In fact, it's not. <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2012/05/how-white-will-the-electorate-be.html">Whites still make up a solid majority of the electorate</a>.) Latinos, O'Reilly says, want "things" and "stuff." Cristina Costantini <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/ABC_Univision/News/analysis-bill-oreilly-wrong/story?id=17702328#.UOHpn4njnoo">dissects the argument at ABC/Univision</a>.

  • Romney Says Obama Won Because He Dolled Out "Gifts" To The Latino Community

    Unsatisfied with the hole he dug himself when he said 47 percent of the country was government-dependent and not worth reaching out to, Romney doubled down after the election saying Obama had won because he offered the Latino community "gifts" in the form of health care and other government subsidies. Most analysts familiar with Latino politics agree that Romney alienated Hispanic voters during the GOP primary, when he embraced extremist positions on immigration. The insensitive comments prompted criticism from conservatives including Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and unsuccessful GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. "When you're in a hole, you stop digging," <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2012/nov/18/news/la-pn-republicans-abandoning-romney-gifts-20121118">said Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham</a>. "He keeps digging."

  • Ann Coulter Lashes Out At Latinos Without Checking Her Facts

    Rightwing columnist Ann Coulter lashed out at Latinos in a mean-spirited, inaccurate column painting Hispanics as dependent on government. We <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/07/ann-coulter-attacks-latinos-conservatives-hispanic-voters_n_2253721.html">fact-checked her statements here</a>.

  • Sheriff Joe Arpaio Says Latinos "Love Him" As Latino Journalists Berates Him On TV

    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, famous for the zealous crackdowns on illegal immigration that have led to investigations by the Justice Department and a civil lawsuit, says that he's "never had any problems with a Latino" and that Hispanics "love" him. (The Latinos imprisoned in Arpaio's Tent City might disagree.)

  • Adam Carolla Goes On Rambling Anti-Mexican Rant

    In a rambling diatribe that overuses the word "culture," Comedian Adam Carolla railed against the California school system because it's "full of Mexicans" who he says don't like to study. An educated person might take a closer look. Mexico has the second-highest education attainment levels in Latin America behind Chile, <a href="http://www.economist.com/node/18682699">The Economist reports, citing an annual survey commissioned by the OECD</a>. Immigrant students, however, face particular obstacles, ranging from language barriers to poverty. "As a result," <a href="http://www.oecd.org/pisa/pisainfocus/pisa%20in%20focus%20n%C2%B022%20(eng)--Final%20bis.pdf">the authors of an OECD education study write</a>, "immigrant students often have to overcome multiple barriers at once in order to succeed at school: a language barrier, their own immigrant status, a disadvantaged background – and the fact that many of their classmates are struggling to surmount these same obstacles to success at school." <a href="http://www.latinorebels.com/2012/12/01/adam-carollas-mind-boggling-anti-mexican-rant-explicit/">H/T: Latino Rebels.</a>