(CNN) - Mitt Romney will address a gathering of Latino small business owners next week, furthering his bid to attract voters in a bloc that will prove essential to winning the White House in November.
Romney will speak at the Latino Coalition's Annual Economic Summit in Washington, the group said Friday. Romney's campaign also confirmed the likely GOP nominee would appear at the event.
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"Governor Romney's record as a successful business leader, CEO of the organizing committee for the Winter Olympics held in Salt Lake City, and elected official is replete with cases where he served as an effective advocate for American small businesses," Hector Barreto, The Latino Coalition's chairman, said in a statement. "During his time in government, he proved himself to be a strong advocate for eliminating the red tape that can strangle businesses, a quality that is all the more critical today."
Earlier Friday, Romney's campaign released a Spanish-language version of their first general election ad, which highlights measures Romney would take on his first day as president.
The Hispanic population in the United States has long swung Democratic, most recently supporting Obama and Joe Biden in 2008 by a margin of more than two-to-one over the Republican ticket of John McCain and Sarah Palin, 67% to 31%.
However, that is a disparity the Republican Party hopes to combat through their renewed efforts and by pointing to the president's first term in office, most notably the inability to pass immigration reform.
Despite backing from the White House, in 2009 the DREAM Act, which would have provided U.S. residency for immigrant children with high school diplomas, failed in Congress.
In the Republican presidential primary, Romney came under fire for promoting a plan of "self deportation" for illegal immigrants, a policy that involves making economic conditions so difficult for undocumented workers that they choose to leave the country to find better opportunities.
CNN's Jim Acosta and Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report.
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@ Ray E (Georgia)
if you apply yourself AND have rich parents to back you up you too could be successful. Obama did NOT have rich parents and he's POTUS and is wealthy now. Romney has been trying for that job for almost 10 years and Obama got it on his first shot.
"However, that is a disparity the Republican Party hopes to combat through their renewed efforts and by pointing to the president's first term in office, most notably the inability to pass immigration reform."
So the republican candidate wants to point out that Obama failed to pass a bill that was blocked by the republicans...
"So why do you misrepresent the FACT that Obama took office in January of 2009 and start your "facts" nearly a year later in February, 2010? Again, nothing but lies and distortion from the leftists. Include the first year Obama was in office and what I say is TRUE. So now how will you try and deny it? What other misinformation will you post?"
Sigh. Is it so hard for you to wrap your head around the facts without being purposefully obtuse? Obama took office during a massive recession that had absolutely nothing to do with him or his policies while POTUS...because it was already in full free fall by the time he took office. The economy continued to bleed jobs not because of anything Obama did or anything that was enacted while he was in office. The Stimulus was enacted shortly after he took office and took effect a little while after that and the data shows that job losses rapidly started decreasing, reaching their bottom point in February 2010. The erason you start from that point in determining what job creation Obama was responsible for is because HE WASA NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MESS THAT HAD US LOSING JOBS PRIOR TO THAT POINT. Blaming him for those job losses is a misrepresentation of the facts and historical record...but yeh, we get it, the GOP/Teatrolls are super fond of doing that by using solely the net figures and glossing over what really happened. I made no misrepresentation. Obama's policies have created at least 3 MILLION jobs since February 2010. They may even have been creating jobs slightly earlier that offset the net losses. Trying to atke the 12 preceding months and net them out to erase the 3 MILLION jobs created is dishonest because it does not give an accurate picture of what his policies are actually doing once enacted and in effect because he had no policies in effect when he was sworn in. The story is different with Mittens because he took office while the economy was already growing. Looking at it objectively, yes, there was less room for job growth in MA than other states at that point, so his lower number is influenced by that as well, which is why I mentioned it. However, your claim was that he created more jobs while governor than Obama has while POTUS, and no matter how you slice it, that has been proven completely and utterly false by the evidence I provided.
"Hopefully the moderators will allow my response to Sniffin's "facts" where you will BOTH be given an opportunity to dine on some fresh crow."
All you managed to do is prove that you have no idea how to actually analyze those numbers and are willing to try to blame Obama for job losses that are not his fault, because he took office while the economy was tanked and tanking further, in order to offset the jobs he has actually created. I'm pretty sure a half-asleep 3rd grader can undersatnd that concept and would have picked up on it based on what I said and what is known about the recession.
@BEND Forward – So why do you misrepresent the FACT that Obama took office in January of 2009 and start your "facts" nearly a year later in February, 2010? Again, nothing but lies and distortion from the leftists.
It's amusing that you view FACTS – as long as they differ from your viewpoint – as being leftist lies and distortion! From a leftists perspective (not mine), their perception is EXACTLY the same, that the right spews nothing but lies and distortion. The inconvenient truth is that the supply-side trickle-down economic policies of the right have been an utter failure, and at the end of 2008 brought the country to the precipice of disaster. The Dem's aren't entirely blameless either... the issue I have in all this is simple.... if you want to argue a position, back it up with FACTS.
You are as guilty as anyone on that front, and seem to follow the typical right wingnut regurgitated uneducated red-state ignorant spoutrage from Faux noise. I could care less that you and your ilk hate having a mulatto as POTUS, but please try to provide a little credibilty in your posts with the addition of some TRUTH and FACTS, not only selected bigotry.
Have a great weekend...
Now isn't this just dandy. Trying to get the votes ot the people he loves to fire from their jobs because they are poor and a minority which the republicans/tp loves to call people who do not look like them.