Julian Castro: Obama will get 70% of Hispanic Vote
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro has been riding the fame and recognition he has received since his keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention earlier this week in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has made a number of appearances and press rounds, while rallying the Hispanic voters behind President Barack Obama.
Currently the President leads his challenger Mitt Romney by between 30 to 40 percentage points in Hispanic support according to the latest tracking poll. However, Castro believes the President can win the election and will win 70% or more of the Hispanic vote.
Castro said that he believed when all the dust settles the president will win about the same percentage of the Hispanic vote as President Clinton did in 1996, when Clinton won 73%. Castro says that the reason Obama will win the Hispanic vote is his policies.
The San Antonio mayor said the majority of Hispanics would be much more likely to support the immigration reform of Obama, his affordable health care and his financial aid for college students. In comparison, he says the Hispanics will not lean towards Romney’s right-wing extremist policies on issues that are most important to the Latino community. Castro said the Hispanic community has not seen a candidate more conservative than Romney.
Even though Obama has a huge lead amongst Hispanic voters, Romney was able to gain four percentage points following his party’s national convention over a week ago. However, he still trails 64% to 30% and analysts say he needs around 40% of the Hispanic vote to win November’s election.
Castro has been rumored as a possible Democratic candidate for the presidency in 2016, but he quickly said he was flattered but he would be remaining in San Antonio for the next few years.