Romney Camp Courts the Hispanics
Mitt Romney’s Hispanic advisers told him that he should soften his stance on immigration if he wants to get their votes in November. He was also advised to make inroads with one of the fastest growing segments of the electorate.
The advisers were adamant that Romney should make the changes if they want to get the Hispanic votes. At present Hispanic voters support President Obama by 2 to 1. The Romney campaign employed a Hispanic outreach coordinator and held several meetings with Hispanic leaders.
Spanish speaking deputies are being trained and Romney’s campaign have been talking with Hispanic advertising companies to work on new TV ads that target Spanish speakers. His campaign is also trying to reach out to the Hispanic evangelicals.
Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, said that he has been talking with the Romney camp. He said that the campaign is gaining ground and has done more outreach than Senator John McCain. But Romney still has a lot of work to do before he can overtake incumbent President Obama.
Romney is set to speak before a group of Latino officials in Orlando on June 21. This could be a major turning point for the Republican presidential candidate. He will address the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, a day before President Obama will do the same. This would provide a stark comparison between the two candidates with regards to immigration problems.
It is still unclear as to how Romney will address the issue. Senator Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, drafted a bill with regards to the immigration problems. Romney said that he would study Rubio’s bill, which would give non-immigrant visas to young people who are in the country illegally if they serve in the military or go to college.