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Sen. Rand Paul turned tail and ran away when confronted by undocumented DREAMers. But the GOP has a “Latino problem” it can’t run from, and right-wingers seem determined to make it worse.

Sen. Paul was with fellow-Republican Rep. Steve King in Iowa when undocumented DREAMers Erika Andiola and Cesar Vargas confronted King on his immigration stance. King stood his ground, but Paul dropped his burger and scampered away. Sen. Paul later explained to Fox News that he wasn’t running away. He just suddenly had somewhere else to be. Right away, obviously.

It’s fair to say that Republicans have given up on the Latino vote, whether they realize it or not. Republicans once hoped that Latinos were the GOP’s best chance at siphoning a few votes from Obama’s winning coalition.  But it turns out Latinos want a progressive economic agenda, and all Republicans have to offer are immigration policies that range from incoherent to downright offensive, and old-school paranoid xenophobia.

You can run, but you can’t hide from the best of the worst in wingnuttia this week.

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