He should have also mentioned Asians.
Asian-Americans — not Latinos — are the fastest growing minority group in America; like Latinos, they're skewing more and more toward the Democrats.
Seventy-three percent of Asians supported Barack Obama in 2012, and a Gallup poll released on Monday shows that more than twice as many Asian-Americans call themselves Democrats than they do Republicans.
The results are based on Gallup speaking with 6,465 Asian-Americans in late December and early January.
Fifty-seven percent of all those surveyed called themselves Democrats, 28 percent Republicans, and 13 percent Independents. When asked which way they "leaned," 61 percent said Democratic.
Most interesting about these results is how Asians trended Republican in presidential contests until the beginning of the 21st century. As a demographic, they turned out in support of George H.W. Bush in 1992 and Bob Dole in 1996.
Gallup officials said of all the different demographic groups in America they have surveyed, Asians are the youngest:
Middle-aged Asians are also more likely to be Republican than their younger counterparts, or compared with the group as whole. In this age group, 31% identify with or lean toward the GOP and 52% with the Democratic Party. However, young Asians break more strongly Democratic, giving President Obama's party a 61% to 24% advantage over the GOP.
This advantage is not to be understated: a commanding 56% of adult Asian-Americans are between the ages of 18 and 34, making Asian-Americans as a whole the youngest of any U.S. racial or ethnic group Gallup analyzes. By comparison, 23% of adult non-Hispanic whites — the racial category most receptive to the Republican Party — are between those ages, versus 37% of non-Hispanic blacks and 47% of Hispanics.
The question then for the Republican Party is will young Asian-Americans become, like their older cohorts, more supportive as they age or will they continue their pattern of less support.
There are several different theories about why the GOP is striking out with this base. One "underrated" theory offered by California political strategist Gary South is that "the Republican mantra of no-new-taxes, cut-government-to-the-bone simply doesn't resonate with many Asians."
A majority of them, or their families, came from Asian countries with strong central governments, including in some cases Communist dictatorships, military rulers and one-party states.
While some immigrants may have seen their particular form or quality of government as a reason to leave their country of origin, the notion that all government at all levels is bad, that all taxes are bad, and that hands-off, lassez faire policies are always better than government oversight, is simply not a notion they buy into. Here in California in November, for example, 65 percent of Asians voted for the successful tax-increase measure, Proposition 30, placed on the ballot by Gov. Jerry Brown - a much higher percentage than whites or even Latinos.
Some have said because Asian-Americans are an overall highly-educated group, the perception that the Republican Party is anti-science doesn't help things. The Daily Beast's Lloyd Green elaborated on the theory:
These days, the GOP strikes Asian-Americans, along with many other Americans, as hostile to science and modernity. For example, George W. Bush severely restricted the use of federal funds for embryonic stem-cell research and cast his very first presidential veto to block enactment of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act. More recently, Congressman Paul Broun of Georgia—a member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and a prospective Senate candidate—declared that evolution, embryology, and the Big Bang were lies that emanated from the pit of Hell. Apparently, a low-taxes-only agenda is no longer enough to woo a demographic whose median household income exceeds $90,000 by the time that they become third-generation Americans.
Whatever the reason, it's something for national, state and local Republican Party leaders to think hard about as they attempt to reshape their approach in upcoming elections.