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Romney Faces Huge Challenge in Courting Hispanic Vote

Republican challenger Mitt Romney knows he needs a big chunk of Hispanic voters in order to beat President Obama in November, but as a story in the Christian Science Monitor laid out, Romney’s task is nearly insurmountable after he spent months bashing Hispanics with anti-immigration rhetoric in order to win the Republican nomination.

Recent polls have shown that Obama holds an enormous advantage over Romney among Hispanics: An estimated margin of 61-27. Political experts on the Hispanic vote say that Obama’s biggest problem with Hispanics will be apathy, particularly since the economy is hitting them so hard and there’s a sense that Obama, though he inherited most of his economic problems, has not done more to help them.

This is where Romney sees his biggest opening—hammering home Obama’s failures on the economy in hopes that Hispanics will forget all the harsh rhetoric he was spitting out during the Republican primaries. Romney has rolled out a new slogan, Junto Con Romney (Together with Romney), that he hopes will show Hispanics that he’s serious about courting their vote. The campaign has hired an Hispanic advisor—just a week after hiring an African-American advisor—and his spending a lot of time with Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who is clearly trying to position himself to be chosen as Romney’s running mate.

Campaign watchers will have their eyes focused a June 21 speech Romney will be giving to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. This will be his chance to demonstrate that he’s willing to move beyond the right-wing rhetoric of his party and offer immigration reform and other measures that would be amenable to Hispanic voters.

President Obama speaks to the same group the next day.


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4 thoughts on “Romney Faces Huge Challenge in Courting Hispanic Vote

  1. Kent Devine says:

    Obama has created far more "economic problems" than he inherited. BTW, where's VP Joe been this past week?

  2. Greg V Lewis says:

    And what planet have you been on! Kent! It's the Republican congress that has created the problems with total obstructionist agenda.

  3. Ari Asulin says:

    Republicans tend to answer this question with 2 responses:
    1. Obama caused the economic crisis. Republicans obstructed nothing!
    2. Damn right Republicans obstructed! They had to stop Obama.

    Often, you will see both responses in the same discussion thread, sometimes right next to eachother.

  4. Dave Francis says:


    SOME things that need to be critically observed by all Americans, specifically for those who want to see an end to the travesty called illegal immigration. First on the agenda is the fact that the miles of constructed border fence that Homeland Security says they have covered, is a downright lie and is misleading to the public. Just go to AMERICAN PATROL website and you can identify where the fence is, and where it doesn’t exist. Whether it’s Arizona, California, New Mexico or Texas the cost for not securing the border is staggering. TODAY it’s in every taxpayer best interest to get rid of the pro-illegal alien legislators, who come from both sides of Congress and throw them out. THAT includes the state assemblies that genuflect to the business, corporate and all special interest organizations. THEY are the ones subverting our hard earned money in subsidizing illegal aliens and their children. Both parties are untrustworthy and only the emerging growing membership of the TEA PARTY can stop this adversity to our liberties, freedoms and following the edicts of the U.S. Constitution.

    H.R. 2885 – Already well sponsored is Mandatory E-Verify, which was initially sponsored by Senator Lamar Smith of Texas. The bill entitled ‘The Legal Workforce Bill’ (H.R.2885) has been blocked by House speaker, John Boehner of Ohio and Dave Camp of Michigan, who is Chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee. Americans must insist these lawmakers. E-Verify have gained a success rate nationwide, but are still only voluntary. We must insist both parties place (H.R.2885) to be presented on the house floor without delay. Millions of Americans that remain jobless would benefit highly from mandatory E-Verify. This computer based government application can detect illegal workers and reject them from every business—large and small—with heavy punishment for indifferent company owners. Farmers are just as incorrigible as they pay little or nothing towards the illegal aliens they employ, leaving the medical treatment, schooling and welfare benefits for the state taxpayer to cover.

    H.R.140 – The Birthright Citizenship Act introduced by Rep. Steve King would end Birthright Citizenship, requiring that at least one parent of a child born in the United States be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident. The U.S. is one of only two developed nations (Canada) to still offer Birthright Citizenship. This is a hundred billion dollar expenditure for taxpayers Smuggled children that inherit instant citizenship through misguided laws, which have not been tested in the Supreme Court. Another unfunded mandate, that is part of uncompensated mandates such as education through high school graduation, free health treatments from the common cold to expensive surgeries paid by YOU. An overcrowded prison system full of criminal aliens that is to blame for high percentages of wicked acts in the U.S. Then a profusion of welfare programs manipulated by both parties, giving access to programs, denied to our citizens and legal residents. Guest workers, such as farm labor do not receive any benefits, so the taxpayers once more gets the bill for health care, the children's education and NOT the Farmer or corporate agriculture.

    These two laws on their own would save over $ annually? No! I’m not talking about millions, but billions that are cleverly extracted through taxes. Similarly little is said about the $ that leaves this country by wire transfer to foreign banks. Another astronomical payout would be if the Democrats, Liberals and the Republicans passed an amnesty. The cost according to the Heritage Foundation would be in the region of $2.4000.000.000.000, to complete the processing and the whole carnival once again on the backs of taxpayers.

    These new amendments will be useful to the state of Arizona and all 50 states, with many convulsing under the Department of justice lawsuits, and the relentless financial bombardment of illegal aliens settled around the country. No matter the outcome of the U.S. Supreme Court, these laws and amendments passed by Congress could begin a major mass departure of foreign nationals.

    There is a short list of premier contenders for second place, but Marco Rubio is held in high esteem and would bring a polarized bloc of Hispanics to the voting booth? Nobody is positive on the outcome of where the largest majority of LEGAL Hispanics stand, but the highest priority should be EMPLOYMENT, economy and the ‘Rule of Law’, and then they should be drawn to the Constitutionality of the TEA PARTY leadership? Not excluded is the African American community, who have ostracized by business owners, especially the teens who in the last ten years have been hit hard, by the illegal immigrant domination of start-up jobs. Even the general Caucasian young American has been alienated by the same discount labor and under the table labor wages, so millions of school population remains unemployed?


    Years of planned encouragement by both political parties, has erupted in a major response from anti-illegal alien organizations, including NumbersUSA, Americans for Legal Immigration (ALIPAC), The Heritage foundation, The Federation for Immigration Reform, Judicial Watch and thousands of more groups, blogs available to all readers across the Internet. Let your Senator or Congressman/Women know that they are not eligible for your vote if you discover they are pampering the millions of invaders who have settled here illegally–phone DC. , Switchboard at 202-224-3121 Demand also that your state adopts a voter ID law, so no non citizens, illegal aliens, the deceased or felons can manipulate the elections impending, including the Presidential vote. Democrats and the Liberals have been proved not to care who votes, intentionally or by error illegal aliens are voting and could be a major danger in close races?

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