Romney taps Gutierrez to lead Hispanic leadership team
June 6th, 2012
10:32 AM ET
3 years ago

Romney taps Gutierrez to lead Hispanic leadership team

(CNN) – Carlos Gutierrez, the former secretary of Commerce, will lead Mitt Romney's Hispanic Steering Committee, the presumptive Republican nominee announced Wednesday.

The new leadership team, which Romney's campaign is calling "Juntos Con Romney," also includes Jose Fuentes, the former attorney general of Puerto Rico, and Hector Barreto, the former administrator of the Small Business Administration.

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"The Hispanic community has been especially hard-hit by President Obama's policies," Gutierrez said in a statement. "Instead of spurring economic growth and creating jobs, President Obama has only expanded government and hurt job-creation. We need a leader who will bring back jobs, help small businesses, and ensure that the American Dream remains for future generations. Mitt Romney has a proven record of creating jobs both in the private sector and as governor."

Gutierrez will appear Wednesday on CNN's "John King, USA" at 6 p.m. ET.

Romney included several other prominent names on his new Hispanic council, naming four top backers as honorary chairmen. Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuño, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio were all named to Romney's committee, which the campaign said would "help guide the campaign on important Hispanic initiatives and outreach."

Latino voters are considered key to winning the 2012 presidential election since they make up an increasing large chunk of the American electorate. They also represent a significant part of the population in several important swing states, including Florida, Nevada and Colorado.

Romney faces a large deficit among Hispanic voters, who overwhelming went for President Barack Obama in 2008. The latest survey, from Gallup, showed Romney with the backing from 26% of registered Hispanic voters, compared to 67% who back Obama.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Internet Child

    The question is: how many of those "registered voters" are living, legal citizens of the United States?

    June 6, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. rla

    Watch how Romney crafts a victory and you will have watched a problem solver in action

    June 6, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. Myviewis

    His a great choice, the man has been an employee, manager, knows how to run a business, businessman and knows and understands immigration as he himself had to flee Cuba.

    June 6, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. Jules

    To Mitt Romney: Is "Thou shalt not bear false witness" in the 10 commandments for Mormons? It seems you have no trouble telling outright lies to the American people – for example, saying that the president steered the energy grants to friends and family. This statement was found to be incorrect with no indication of wrongdoing by the administration. I wonder if you can say the same about the loans you made ibn MA for new energy. You seem to be able to lie and distort the truth at the drop of a hat. You hang out with people like Donald Trump who seem to have the same problem although Trump is not a choice for elected office and I know he is just trying to stay in the headlines. But you – an ad could be made of all the lies you have told to the American people. My hope is the Dems will get right on that.

    June 6, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. Rmoney, Ryan, Rubio, Recession

    Carlos Gutierrez, the former secretary of Commerce (under George Bush), will lead Mitt Rmoney's Hispanic Steering Committee.

    Hispanics are more interested in immigration reform than Rmoney's hide-and-seek.

    If women could easily see the choice of Sarah Palin as an insult, I am certain Hispanics are smart enough to see that the GOP is using Hispanic politicians to get their votes.

    Romney-Ryan-Rubio-Recession will not be acceptable to Hispanics.

    June 6, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. The REAL Truth...

    Right on Mittens.. it's Dubya 2 again. Why would we ever want to go back to 8 years to total failure
    – record deficits of $1.47 TRILLION upon departure from White House - deficits didn't matter then (according to GOBP) but they do now, eh?
    – 2 UNFUNDED wars (which Obama added to his spending, at $3+TRILLION);
    – Multi-BILLION dollar no-bid contracts awarded to contractors in Iraq/Afghanistan;
    – $800+BILLION TARP bailout to banks who were too big to fail
    – and numerous other examples.
    Why would anyone with a modicum of intelligence vote GOBP in Nov. Do the research folks – CHECK THE FACTS. DON'T BELIEVE what you get fed on Faux Noise. YOU ARE BEING LIED TO !!!!
    DO YOUR CIVIC DUE AND GET THE TRUTH !

    June 6, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Hispanics like Blacks are familiar with that old "some of my best friends are Hispanic" stuff. Romney can't speak out against some of the vile language and threats he and the GOP has led against Hispanics and thinks by appointing Hispanics will make a path to get their vote, no way. Hispanics are looking for a path to healthcare, citizenship and human rights that takes a "bold leader" and over and over again Romney has spoke out against the needs of Hispanic.

    June 6, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  8. demwit

    Where Ruben!? We need a latino hit piece..., ASAP!!

    June 6, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |