Delicate GOP dance on election, affirmative action

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FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2013, file photo, Mark Rosenbaum, second from right, of the American Civil Liberties Union, speaks to reporters after arguing their case before the Supreme Court in Washington. The Republican Party is hiring people to reach out to black and Hispanic communities, and setting goals for the number of minority candidates it will recruit. At the same time, Republican judges are moving closer to a long-held conservative goal of ending affirmative action. Rosenbaum, who argued the case on behalf of minority groups that opposed the affirmative action ban, said the sort of routine outreach that political parties perform is prohibited to public universities under laws like Michigan’s. "They can say, ‘If you’re a person of color, you would not feel out of place in our party,’" Rosenbaum said. "But if a university said that, there would be 1,000 lawsuits tomorrow." (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
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FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2013, file photo, Mark Rosenbaum, second from right, of the American Civil Liberties Union, speaks to reporters after arguing their case before the Supreme Court in Washington. The Republican Party is hiring people to reach out to black and Hispanic communities, and setting goals for the number of minority candidates it will recruit. At the same time, Republican judges are moving closer to a long-held conservative goal of ending affirmative action. Rosenbaum, who argued the case on behalf of minority groups that opposed the affirmative action ban, said the sort of routine outreach that political parties perform is prohibited to public universities under laws like Michigan’s. "They can say, ‘If you’re a person of color, you would not feel out of place in our party,’" Rosenbaum said. "But if a university said that, there would be 1,000 lawsuits tomorrow." (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

The Republican Party is hiring people to reach out to black and Hispanic communities, and the GOP is setting goals for the number of minority candidates it will recruit.

At the same time, Republican judges are moving closer to a long-held conservative goal of ending affirmative action.

It's a delicate dance for Republicans.

The party is trying to appeal to minorities — whose support has trended toward Democrats — and highlight an increasingly diverse roster of up-and-coming politicians. And it's trying to accomplish that without violating core principles.

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