Romney campaign highlights Hispanic unemployment in web video
June 5th, 2012
11:32 AM ET
3 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. 1twinsfan

    @rla - You are aware that some "them" are born here, right? And shocker! Not anchor babies but with roots going back a few generations. Americans vote, white Americans, brown Americans, tan Americans. Sheesh, even polka dotted Americans.

    June 5, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. ST

    @Laura, Paulden AZ

    I get your point. But have you ever got hammered in your life? And how did you feel??? There is a huge difference between got hammered and not overseeing someone who promises you something, fulfill his promise. Pres. Obama gave promises. Well and good. He can fulfill these promises if he will be given another chance to finish what he did not do in his first term.

    June 5, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. Pam from Iowa

    hiring Latinos to cut your grass or mop the floors in your mansions is NOT sustainable employment Mr Romney!!

    June 5, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Romney taking USA backward with "A Better Amercia"

    As usual, the race baiting by Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Romney continues!

    This goody two-shoes corporate raider is basking in the glory of making the Arizona anti-Hispanic immigration law the model for ALL AMERICAS, and asking all Hispanic to self-deport, yet his daddy was born in Mexico!!!!

    call me stupid, but I can see through this Mitt's BS from Mexico!!!

    June 5, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Governor 47th in Job Growth

    Willard was for Latinos (illegally) until he was running for President for Pete's sake. 37th to 47th. Willard was not good for whites, latinos, blacks, asians, nor any other group in Amercia nor America when he was actually a Governor and not bleeding companies dry or securing federal dollars for Salt Lake City.

    June 5, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. B.

    Romney courting Hispanics and Women now is a obscenity in itself, just look at his history in this campaign alone.
    This man is the king of hypocrites !

    June 5, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    How do we say in Spanish "Mitt romney is a liar"?

    June 5, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. imho44

    And what, exactly, does Mr Romney suggest to make this change? The Latino community knows that the only thing they can expect from a Republican government is more marginalization.

    June 5, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    "Romney campaign highlights Hispanic unemployment in web video"
    -----------------------
    This is the "divide and conquer" strategy in action, folks.

    June 5, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. CanadaONE

    Romney avoided the draft which many Hispanic people were unbale to do because they were poor or not a mormon

    "Vietnam was a war that the poor and the people who couldn't afford to go to college had to go to," Soltz said.

    After his first year at Stanford, Romney qualified for 4-D deferment status as "a minister of religion or divinity student." It was a status he would hold from July 1966 until February 1969, a period he largely spent in France working as a Mormon missionary.

    He was granted the deferment even as some young Mormon men elsewhere were denied that same status, which became increasingly controversial in the late 1960s. The Mormon church, a strong supporter of American involvement in Vietnam, ultimately limited the number of church missionaries allowed to defer their military service using the religious exemption

    June 5, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    maybe Mitt is trying to appeal to the "white Hispanics" as they are now called for some reason. I had never even heard of that term until it came out in the Zimmerman/Martin case.

    June 5, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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