Will Hispanics be the swing voting bloc of 2012?
September 15th, 2011
01:53 PM ET
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Will Hispanics be the swing voting bloc of 2012?

(CNN) - In the middle of the massive effort to protect New Yorkers from the effects of Hurricane Irene last month, a colorful moment gave people an amusing opportunity to laugh and joke. It was New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's efforts to communicate with Spanish-speaking New Yorkers in their own language.

"My Spanish skills, may continue poco a poco (little by little)," said the mayor in not-so-fluent Spanish on Aug. 30 when asked by reporters about his repeated attempts to communicate in Spanish. Bloomberg never explained whether his speaking Spanish was out of a genuine concern to effectively communicate with people or a way to score political points with New York's Hispanic voters – or both.

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  1. gt

    rick perry would be a great benift to those folks

    September 15, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I am not sure if Hispanics will be the swing bloc in 2012, but I know they will be in 2016, and every cycle after that.

    September 15, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. California Conservative

    The real questino is has Obama BOUGHT enough hispanics votes.

    The only way Obama will win is if he BUYS the votes.

    September 15, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Inmyopinion

    Puerto Ricans are American, the USA owns Puerto Rico, why would any politician try to win over their vote, score with Puerto Ricans by speaking Spanish when they are American? I don't understand why people keep pretending that Puerto Ricans are foreigners in our country just because they speak Spanish? I'm sure Eskimos in Alaska still speak their native language and Hawaiians speak Hawaiian in Hawaii, it doesn't make them less American?

    Now Central and South Latin Americans, Latinos (Mexicans, Dominican Republic, Cubans) would be the voters to win over by speaking Spanish and promise them immigration law changes but not Puerto Ricans, they are born U.S., Americans.

    The only large Latino group in the USA are Mexicans, I don't think Cubans are larger than Mexicans as for Latin Americans ( Central & South America) I believe their number is very small in the U.S., don't think their vote has an impact in the elections.

    September 15, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. Sebastian Kent

    I'm not going to pretend to be latino but my experience [with girlfriends] has been latinos tend to be very family oriented people and more "community oriented" than the majority of Americans. They are warm, compassionate, hard working people who value a person's character and those that walk the talk. I'll say that they dislike liars, backstabbers or double-dealing people more than most Americans.

    I'll bet they've watch how the President has been treated and put themselves in his shoes. I'll bet they've seen how unprincipled the opposition is to him and evaluated the motives and integrity of those that obstruct him and on what grounds. I'll bet the way that the GOP conducts itself is instinctively distasteful to Latinos.

    There is only one party that respects & values their vote. It's the same party who had no problem finding a qualified Latina for the highest court in the land. It's the same party that instinctively opposed Arizona's SB 1070 bill or the Georgia bill that would have held Americans with a spanish accent to a different standard than other citizens. Rep, Guiteirezz, George Lopez, and Ruben Naverette may not get everything they want from the Democrats but the GOP has been hostile to Hispanics for DECADES. Loyalty means something.

    September 15, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. Me

    The GOP will have a chance of the Hispanic vote when they quit acting like all Hispanics are illegal immigrants except on election day. My husband's family pre-dates the Pilgrims. I doubt many in the GOP can say that about their own ancestors.

    September 15, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. mobetta

    If you voted for Obama in 2008 to prove you're not a racist, I hope you'll vote for somebody – anybody – else in 2012 to prove you're not an idiot.

    September 15, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. California Conservative

    I hope all the liberal socialists went to Attack Watch and got their talking points for today.

    September 15, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    We Latinos discuss politics at the dining room table, at social gatherings, anywhere we gather. We do so because maybe moreso than any other "minority" we stay informed and abreast of current events.
    As a group we may be feelign somewhat letdown by the things that the President hoped to accomplish but hasn't for a variety of reasons. Yet we're realists. We appreciate the appointment of Sotomayor,the push for the Dream Act. We know that the President cannot make laws. But there is something about our demographics that should not be ovelooked by anyone courting our vote and that is the heart and intent of the individual doing the courting.
    In other words: Republicans do not have a chance in Hades of getting the Latino vote whether they can roll their r's or not.

    September 15, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. mE

    Swing voters are stupid, uninformed and willfully ignorant.
    If you don't know by now who is working for and who is working against you,
    YOU HAVE NOT BEEN PAYING ATTENTION!

    September 15, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. Ed Texas

    Hispanics will be the swing voting bloc only if Hispanics get out and vote. It's when Minorities stay home and don't vote when it benefits the Mainly Senior White GOP voting mainstream (2010). When there is a large vote it benefits the Democrats. This was proven by the election of Obama in 2008 (large number of votes) vs the Tea Bagging election of 2010 (small number of voters, mainly, GOP/Tea Baggers).

    September 15, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. Vanessa

    Hispanics for Obama!! We support & stand behind you! The fight will b long & difficult, but never doubt the hispanic vote! Obama/Biden

    September 15, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |