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Romney on the Latino Vote: “Latinos Can Vote?”
Mitt Romney’s hardline stance on immigration has left supporters concerned that he is in danger of losing the highly coveted Latino vote in the upcoming presidential election. When questioned on the issue, however, Romney appeared unconcerned by the potential ramifications of alienating Latino voters.
“I’m sorry, what are you asking?” Romney responded to a reporter at a recent fundraiser in Sioux City, IA. “The Latino vote? What is that?”
The reporter attempted to clarify her question and was interrupted by the presumed GOP presidential nominee.
“Latinos can’t vote, can they?” Romney asked. “I mean, don’t you have to be a US Citizen to vote? I strongly believe that illegals should not be given voting rights,” he said firmly.
“I also stick by whatever it is I may have just said,” Romney added.
When pressed on the issue during an interview later that week with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Romney did begin to backpedal slightly.
“Latinos can vote? Really?” he asked incredulously. “I’m surprised by this. I mean, I’m just saying, my lawn guys wouldn’t even take a check,” he said, referring to an investigation by the Boston Globe in 2006 which found that Romney had employed a lawn care company that regularly hired illegal immigrants.
The candidate then paused, listening intently as an aide whispered in his ear. The aide’s comments were not picked up by Romney’s lapel microphone, but Romney himself could be heard murmuring, “So there are legal Latinos? In America? Ok…ok…Fine.”
“This interview is over,” he told Wolf Blitzer, then turned to the camera.
“Vota por Romney!” he said with a wide smile. “Me encanta los latinos.”
- Rush Limbaugh On Wolf Blitzer’s NAACP Commentary: ‘He’s Auditioning For Fox’ (mediaite.com)
- NCLR 2012 Convention Latino Activists Give Obama Huge Lead Over Romney (huffingtonpost.com)
- Wolf Blitzer Blasts President Obama for Being NAACP ‘No-Show’: ‘Romney Did the Right Thing. . . . The President Did Not.’ (nationalreview.com)
- Geraldo Rivera: Mitt Romney ‘Wouldn’t Even Let [Latinos] In His Apartment’ (mediaite.com)
- Rep. Wasserman Schultz defends Obama on economy; confident about black, Latino vote (foxnews.com)
- Romney’s immigration record haunts him (thehill.com)
- Arizona Immigration Activists Mobilize Latino Vote (npr.org)
- Latino growth not fully felt at voting booth (mercurynews.com)
- REVIEWS: Wolf Blitzer Blasts President Obama for Being NAACP ‘No-Show’: ‘Romney Did the Right… (pjmedia.com)
- NCLR 2012: Joe Biden Paints Bleak Picture Of Romney Presidency For Latinos (theobamacrat.com)
The three specific ways his dramatic announcement boosts his reelection prospects
Barack Obama’s surprise decision to grant work permits to as many as 800,000 illegal immigrants who are otherwise law-abiding and who came to the country as children has the potential to boost his reelection prospects in three particular ways.
One, obviously, involves Hispanic voters, who sided with Obama by a 36-point margin in 2008. He has a similar advantage over Mitt Romney today, but there are some ominous signs about enthusiasm, with Hispanics lagging behind whites and African-Americans when pollsters gauge the likelihood of a voter actually showing up in November. In , 81 percent of whites and 76 percent of African-Americans said they’ll definitely vote this fall, compared to just 66 percent for Hispanics.
The good news for Obama is that this represents an improvement over April, when only 58 percent of Latinos called themselves definite voters. But his administration’s record on immigration has attracted the of Hispanic leaders. Today’s announcement has the potential to mend those fences and boost overall enthusiasm.
It also preempts an anticipated move by Mitt Romney, who went far to the right on immigration during the GOP primaries and who is to tack toward the middle. The assumption has been that Romney would ultimately line up with a modified Dream Act proposal being drawn up by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
This was problematic for Obama, since immigration groups have been signaling their openness to Rubio’s basic framework – allow work permits, but not a path to full citizenship. So there was a potential for Rubio to roll out his plan, Romney to endorse it, and for momentum to quickly build behind it – making Obama seem like a weak leader and helping the GOP’s image with Hispanic voters. But with his action today, Obama has essentially made Rubio’s pending proposal official government policy. Obama looks like the strong leader here, and he also just blocked the path to the middle that his opponent was eying.
The final benefit for Obama is that this will bait the nativist right. Just before Obama made his announcement this afternoon, CNN had Joe Arpaio, one of the GOP’s most divisive anti-immigrant leaders, on its air. Iowa Rep. Steve King, who regularly of immigrants, is now to stop Obama’s new policy. It’s very possible that this will trigger an eruption of ugly rhetoric that will remind Hispanics why they’ve been shying away from the GOP and hurt the party’s image with all swing voters.
If there’s any political risk in this for Obama, it’s the simple fact that he’s taking an action that isn’t explicitly related to the economy, which will allow Republicans to claim – as they did during last month’s gay marriage saga – that he’s pandering to his base at the expense of creating jobs. That talking point didn’t seem to have any negative effect on Obama then, though, and it probably won’t now.
- Obama’s immigration trifecta (salon.com)
- Obama Gets Smart on Immigration (thedailybeast.com)
- Romney accuses Obama of political motivation on immigration – Reuters (reuters.com)
- Obama’s Immigration Symbolism (riehlworldview.com)
- Mr. President: U.S. Latinos Respect the Constitution, Too (pjmedia.com)
- Latino growth not fully felt at voting booth (mercurynews.com)
- Immigration reform: five Reasons Obama ordered the DREAM (thegrio.com)
- Obama administration to stop deporting DREAM Act-eligible illegal immigrants (miamiherald.typepad.com)
- Obama energizes Latino vote (politico.com)
- Sources: Obama Administration To Offer Immunity To Younger Immigrants (washington.cbslocal.com)
Arizona Bill will Ban Subversive Latino Music from Radio
May 1, 2012
By Orbson Rice
If Governor Jan Brewer gets her way, Arizona radio stations will soon be prohibited from playing Latino music over the airwaves. On May 3, the Arizona House will vote on a bill that would ban any music that:
1. Promotes the overthrow of the United States government.
2. Promotes resentment toward a race or class of people.
3. Is designed primarily for listeners of a particular ethnic group.
4. Advocates ethnic solidarity instead of treating listeners as individuals.
According to the bill, “Any music that includes more than five words in a language other than English will be reviewed by an independent commission for seditious overtones.” By these standards, many popular artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Shakira, Pitbull and Selena Gomez will likely find their songs banned from Arizona radio stations. According to Brewer, this legislation is necessary to “curb the growing use of subversive music to manipulate young Latinos into hating the United States.” Since entering office, Brewer has made a concerted effort to attack Hispanic culture.HB 2281, with surprisingly similar language, outlawed the teaching of Ethic Studies in Arizona schools. According to Tucson Unified School District board member Michael Hicks, “If there is no more white people in the world then okay, you can do what you want.” Until then, Brewer is doing everything she can to curb the flow of Latino music, books and history over Arizona borders.
Brewer’s supporters believe that the Governor is only doing what is necessary to protect the “American way of life”. Evelyn Rothchild, President of Ban Items Toxic to Christian Homes states, “Music these days is sinful. It’s all sex, drugs and violence. Ever since that “La Bamba” song came out we have been fighting against this evil Mexican music. What does ‘La Bamba’ even mean? Do you know? It probably means America is Satan? Why would we want to put that on the airwaves?”
Governor Brewer is quick to point out that she is not banning Latino music, merely asking that it be translated into English and examined for “inappropriate” lyrics before airing it on the radio. “If a song has good wholesome lyrics, it can be played in our official state language. Artists can no longer hide subversive and incendiary material behind the Spanish language.” The Bill is expected to pass the House and be signed by Brewer on Thursday, or as Arizonians will now call it, “the day the music died”.
- ‘Librotraficante’ Smuggles Banned Latino Lit Back into Arizona (bwnews.us)
- Opinion: Not all Latinos are illegal (cnn.com)
- Bush’s Latino Attorney General Says Some Republicans Have Expressed ‘Anti-Hispanic’ Sentiment (thinkprogress.org)
- Opinionator: There’s Something About Arizona (opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Book ‘traffickers’ to stop in S.A. en route to Arizona (mysanantonio.com)
- Brewer Tends Base With Bible Law (thedailybeast.com)
- Gov. Brewer to speak at O.C. GOP dinner Monday (totalbuzz.ocregister.com)
- Texting a driver? You could be sued. (azfamily.com)
- Arizona Hispanics Express Their Influence in State’s Economy (hispanicallyspeakingnews.com)
- Democrats’ Dream Act Preferred By Latino Voters As Opposed To Marco Rubio’s Plan: Poll (huffingtonpost.com)