Romney Starts Courtship with Hispanics
This week Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney launched his fall courtship of Latino voters. Hispanic voters are becoming a more important part of the electorate in the U.S. Romney started his courtship by promising he would be reforming laws for immigration during his first term as president.
However, the Republican nominee did not say if he would continue with the executive order made by President Barack Obama allowing children brought to the U.S. as youngsters by undocumented parents to remain. He also said in a video released on Monday that if he were Hispanic he would have an easier time being elected president.
Romney, in the video released by Mother Jones, a liberal magazine, could be heard saying that his father was the Governor of Michigan and was born in Mexico, but to American parents. However, he said jokily that it would have helped if he had been Hispanic.
The liberal magazine said it received the video from a person during a fundraiser. Romney can be heard in the video saying that while there are women who support him, his campaign is having much more of a problem getting support from Hispanic voters. He also said that if the Hispanic voting bloc becomes as aligned with the Democrats as the African-American voting bloc has, then the Republican Party is in trouble as well as the nation.
Romney, during an interview with Spanish-language television’s Telemundo, declined to answer if he would revoke the executive order made by Obama that stopped children from being deported who either served in the military or attend or attended college.
He did say he would create a permanent solution to help the young people who entered the U.S. without any say in the matter, as they were brought by their parents at a young age.