Obama Reaching Out to Hispanics
As Republicans turn more of their attention towards the Hispanic community, President Barack Obama’s campaign team is looking to lock up its support among that same group. Obama has cast Romney to the Hispanics as a far-right candidate, who does not consider Hispanics.
Julian Castro the Mayor of San Antonio and a national chair on Obama for America said, “Romney is on the opposite side of every issue that is important for the Hispanic Community and in particular on immigration.” He told reporters, “Romney is the most extreme right-wing nominee the party has had when it comes to immigration.”
Castro spoke negatively of Romney because the ex-Governor of Massachusetts opposed the Democrats form of the Dream Act. The bill’s goal is to give a certain number of undocumented youth a pathway to gain citizenship. Castro added, “For Americans of Hispanic descent, this election has clear contrasts between candidates.”
In the early stages of the primaries, Republicans took hard lines on immigration however; it is obvious now that Romney and the rest of the GOP will soften some of their rhetoric. In a private meeting over the weekend with supporters, Romney said the GOP need to cater to the Latino Community with policies similar to the Party’s version of the Dream Act. He just hired Ed Gillespie a Republican strategist and advocate for outreach to the Hispanic vote. The Republican National Committee also, this week, launched a plan to expand its outreach to Hispanic voters in six states.
Today, the re-election campaign for Obama launched Latinos for Obama, a national effort to unite the Democratic Party with Hispanic voters through volunteering, voter registration and voter turnout. The program will be promoted through a Spanish-language advertising program.