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As the party of Lincoln remains plagued by a perception that minority voters are not welcome, Niger Innis, National Outreach Director of TheTeaParty.net, spoke to Townhall about what the GOP needs to attract voters of every demographic .

“We are up against a lot,” Innis said, “Democrats, not all Democrats of course, but far too many of them that have this political tactic of demonization.”

Despite the unprecedented funding that the George W. Bush administration allocated to the President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR) and the Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives, programs which were directed towards helping poor and minority communities in the United States and Africa, President Bush was labeled a racist by many on the left throughout the duration of his presidency and Democrats continue to successful use race baiting as an effective campaign tool.

“They don’t want to argue the issues,” Innis said. “They just want to demonize, ‘you’re a racist, you’re a sexist, you’re a homophobe, You are a nut, you are a wacko-bird,’ so when you have that phenomenon, you have to ignore them.”

Innis, a longtime conservative activist and the National Spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) believes that the GOP is taking the necessary steps to win over youth and minority voters despite overwhelming liberal media bias, but says the problems with the Republican party is “when establishment Republicans take their marching orders from establishment media.”

“The Republican party is going to revitalize,” he said. “Look at the stars of the party, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Tim Scott, Nikki Haley, Rand Paul, all of these folks, look at what they have in common, first of all you have a diverse group of people, racially and gender wise, but more importantly [they] all took on the Republican establishment.”

Though the Tea Party has been portrayed by the media as being a ‘racist’ movement, comprised of people who are merely upset that the president is black, rather than of a coalition of people upset by government spending and expansion, Niger said he was approached to lead Tea Party.Net so that he could merge his CORE objectives with the Tea Party’s -- and reach out to minority communities.

The Tea Party.Net finds and supports conservative candidates in traditionally Democratic districts. Part of my job with tea party.net is opening the doors and creating a nexus between the so-called establishment and the tea party grassroots.

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Alicia Powe

Alicia Powe is a Townhall intern, and has previously worked for the Media Research Center and the Rudy Giuliani campaign.