Romney campaign highlights Hispanic unemployment in web video
June 5th, 2012
11:32 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney campaign highlights Hispanic unemployment in web video

(CNN) – The battle for Hispanic voters continued Tuesday with a web video from Mitt Romney's campaign rebutting Spanish-language advertisements from President Barack Obama's campaign, calling his record "dismal" for Latinos.

The video features footage from the Obama ads, and translates the comments of a supporter from one of the videos. "We know that we're on the right path," she says, but the Romney campaign asks if that is really the case.

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Romney will advance the message at his Tuesday event in Fort Worth, Texas, his campaign told reporters. Just over one-third of the Fort Worth population is Hispanic, according to census data.

The video highlights unemployment among Latinos, saying "Since Obama took office, unemployment for Hispanics is up." While the unemployment rate for Hispanic voters has declined – from 11% in January 2009 to 10.4% in the latest May numbers, spiking in January 2010 at 13.9% - the number of unemployed Latinos has actually risen, from 2,194,000 in January 2009 to 2,700,000 in May of this year.

The video also showcases poverty numbers and unemployment among minority groups generally.

Also Tuesday afternoon, Romney's wife, Ann, campaigns at a Miami restaurant which specializes in "authentic Cuban and Spanish cuisine."

While Latinos make up only 16% of the U.S. population, their numbers have increased by 43% since the 2000 census, and by 2050, Latinos are expected to make up 29% of the U.S. population by 2050. In 2008, nearly 60% of Hispanics were registered to vote.

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Filed under: 2012 • Latinos • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    So, according to Mittens, self deporting will bring down the unemployment numbers.

    June 5, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. ST

    I do think my Latinos friends are so clever to distinguish who is for them and who is not. Romney really hammered them a lot during the GOP primaries. Latinos are so smart to understand that whatever Romney says now, is just to hook up their votes and they will not be swayed.

    June 5, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. yogi

    The latin voters are very capable to see through Romney's fake and hollow accusations, he has offered not not single proposal for job growth, simply because he has no idea. He has never been interested in creating jobs just in the business of making money. His idea of immigration reform is following the model of Arizona and that should be the wakeup call for all latin voters: Don't even think of voting for a man who has no regard for you.
    OBAMA 2012!

    June 5, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. DAK2742

    Another fine example of how Mitt will say anything, to anyone, at anytime and will change his tune to the audience. Mitt is a liar, a thief, and a cheat and would sell his own mother to gain the Whitehouse.

    June 5, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    Obama's for the DREAM Act. Wilard's for elf deportation. Who's out of tough here?

    June 5, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Obama's failed economic policies hurt EVERYBODY but especially those at the lower ends of the economic spectrum. They are usually the first to feel the pain and it usually lasts the longest since many hold service jobs that simply disappear in bad economic times. Any unemployed minority voter would be insane to vote for 4 more years of Obama economic failure. They and their families will be suffering the most. Romney has the experience and plan to turn this country around.

    June 5, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Hispanic unemploymnet....and Republicans have tried to do what about it?
    I recall that the official Romney policy is self deportation.

    June 5, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. mcskadittle

    so by helping the 1% the people on the bottom of the ladder get screwed, and how is he planning to fix this? did you hear any solutions?

    June 5, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. What the Heck

    I agree Mitt Romney will reduce the Lationo unemplyment rate but not by creating more jobs but by deporting latino's. Please don't be fooled by Romney's ad. He has no plan to create jobs that I have seen, just hyped up retortic.

    June 5, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. demwit

    10.4% !? But Ruben keeps saying the Obama is good for latinos!?? I'm so confused...

    June 5, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. Romney is not My Hero

    Mr. Plastic strikes again! Hispanics will not fall for his stupid tricks and lies.

    OBAMA 2012!

    June 5, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Failure . . . Mittens is thy name. 47th in job creation is not very good.

    June 5, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Obama 2012 – BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Obama's failed economic policies hurt EVERYBODY but especially those at the lower ends of the economic spectrum. They are usually the first to feel the pain and it usually lasts the longest since many hold service jobs that simply disappear in bad economic times.
    -----------------
    So, on that note.....the solution is to help the top 1%. We should help them because they are the "job creators" whose wealth and benevolence will "trickle down" to the middle class and the poor.

    Editor's Note: The Romney tax cuts would go to the same people who constantly scream about it is their money, they earned it, and they want to keep it.

    June 5, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens' tax cuts for the wealthy will help the Hispanic unemployment numbers, how?

    June 5, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  15. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Hispanics will not fall for his stupid tricks and lies.
    ====================================
    But they will vote for Obama's stupid tricks and lies???

    June 5, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  16. Laura, Paulden AZ

    @ST

    Question to you my friend...just what has Obama done for the Latino community beside make promises. Even the African American clergy are upset with him for his "newly" found stance on gay marriage. Certainly Latinos (most God fearing Catholics) have a similiar viewpoint to African American. So again I ask, what has Obama done for any minority?

    Answer nothing!!! He hobnobs with rich hollywood stars (the latest be Jessica Parker) to try and get young re-interested in him. How can they be, they are up to their ears in college loan debts and no jobs! Ugh!

    Romney may pander but don't they all? Of course they do! You don't think Obama is pandering to Latinos, guess again.

    Laura, Paulden AZ

    June 5, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. WireweirdinSF

    Why is the regime so frightened of Rubio that they had to trot out propaganda minister Axelrod to demean, debase and diminish Rubio on the liberally biased media talk show circuit. Oh I do so love the smell of democrat liberal desperation sweat.

    June 5, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  18. Al-NY,NY

    Mittens will be taking job applications for work at his new mansion....groundskeepers, house staff, and of course the cushiest job there....car elevator operator.That'll help the hispanic unemployment rate

    June 5, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. Blindersoff

    Romney will always be Romney, wearing no clothes, of course!

    June 5, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  20. ClemVinson

    right... Your buddy Mitt is against equal pay for women, against minorities, against immigration, but he is for latino voters... c'mon, does this make sense to anyone?

    June 5, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. MTATL67

    After their disgusting behavior during the Republican primary. The Republicans and Romney are just embarrassing themselves. Not to mention Rep. King comment 'pick of the litter' well that is one dog that won't hunt.

    June 5, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. rla

    Illegal is a matter of LAW and why people on this blog -with motives other than America– keep harping that somehow I need to keep taking from my family to support this group strikes me as almost treasonous. These people made a choice abbeted by political parties and ethnocentric groups alike but they expect me to pay for it and lower my standard of living??? Guess that wealth redistribution at all levels of society. I am not playing the guilt game anymore

    June 5, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. Hank

    Like any Latino would be crazy enough to vote for alexithymic Mitt. Today is the NJ primary, and Rubio knew enough not to show his face in Union City, NJ to stomp for Mitt. Now why wouldn't Rubio come on up here to surrogate if Union City is the 2nd largst Cuban Community in the USA?

    June 5, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  24. rs

    As is usual- Mr. Romney plays fast and loose with the facts- It isn't as if there wasn't some calamity before Obama came to office- caused (ahem!) by the Republican holder of that office that flushe millions of jobs away. Second, Mr. Romney conveniently ignores his own party's lack of courage or action to actually pass one single solitary jobs bill in the past 2 years, preferring instead to pursue the single most radical social agenda in a century.
    Vote for Mr. Romney, vote for the rich!

    June 5, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    Mitt while you're at it do a video about the high unemployment in the African-American community as well. Why not I mean because you're NOT going to get either group to support you so why not go all out.

    June 5, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
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