Mitt Romney Struggling to Gain Hispanic Votes
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is planning to push harder for the approval from Hispanic voters but will still have a long way to go to gain their trust which is presently with the current president, Barack Obama.
Romney will be speaking today to a Latino small business group in Washington and is expected to stress his viewpoint to help the US economy is the main issue for Hispanics in the November 6 election just like it is for all Americans, along with the fact that he will have the ability to improve the situation.
It is unsure at this time though whether this will be enough to tear the majority of Hispanics away from Obama. Hispanics represent a key voting demographic in many pivotal states and also represent the largest minority overall in the United States.
Romney is aware that himself and his campaign have problems when it comes to appealing to the Hispanic demographic after a debate regarding illegal immigration which hurt his status with the group.
An informal Romney advisor spoke on the situation saying “My only question is how well and how quickly we are getting the Hispanic effort going. The campaign needs to get on the air with ads and send him into some Hispanic events. There’s a lot of stuff that needs to get going.”
Romney is just now coming out with his first Spanish-language television ad for the general election campaign which is been on the airwaves in Colorado, Nevada and Florida since April 17. This is in contrast to Obama was already spent $1 million on Spanish-language ads.
Interestingly, Romney has not yet softened his position regarding support during the primary campaign of self deportation for illegal immigrants which alienated Hispanics. A large percentage of illegal immigrants in the United States are Hispanics.
During the primary campaign where himself and Republican rivals spoke harshly regarding illegal immigration, Romney made a big deal out of a policy that conservative rival put in place to allow children of illegal immigrants to gain financial aid for attending Texas colleges. While he might’ve scored points with the conservatives for this viewpoint, it is one of the contributing factors for his struggle with the Hispanic vote.