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"Beyond the base" Continued...

Issue: "Dead heat," Sept. 22, 2012

Rice also said school vouchers or tuition tax credits for low-income, minority families is "the civil-rights issue of our time," to a thunderous standing ovation. Romney, in his speech accepting the nomination, also called for school choice for low-income parents, an issue that has slept undisturbed in the national Republican party for some time.

Rodriguez's advice to the party is to keep putting its minority leaders out front: "It was strategically, from a marketing standpoint, brilliant. I don't think it's going to increase the numbers overnight, but it's a great first step." Cardenas also cautioned that the reach for diversity is a "process" - the Republican Party might not see the fruits by this November.

Emily Belz
Emily Belz

Emily, who has covered everything from political infighting to pet salons for The Indianapolis Star, The Hill, and the New York Daily News, reports for WORLD from New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emzleb.

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