RNC blames Obama for problems affecting Hispanics
June 20th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
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RNC blames Obama for problems affecting Hispanics

(CNN) – The Republican National Committee targeted President Barack Obama in a new web video Wednesday, hitting the president over Hispanic jobless rates just days after the Obama administration announced a new ruling on immigration.

The one-minute web video points to the 11% unemployment rate for Hispanics and Latinos - according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics - and accuses the president of failing to aid the growing community.

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"While Obama plays politics, Hispanics are suffering in the Obama economy," the video states.

The video attempts to blunt Democratic efforts in courting the Latino vote, especially after Obama announced a new rule ending the deportation of certain young illegal immigrants who seek higher education paths or serve in the United States military.

Despite heavy Republican opposition to the administration's directive, a new poll released Tuesday indicated a majority of voters - 64% - supported the president's decision.

Republicans, however, signal they'll try to keep the focus on the economy, rather than immigration, when reaching out to Latino voters.

"After four years of President Obama, our economy isn't better," the RNC video says.

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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • RNC
soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I would advise our honorable and distinguished President to save his money in advertising on spanish media because Latinos/Hispanics/ are completely behind him and him alone.
    Unlike many Americans we take an active interest in politics. It is discussed at kitchen tables, and pretty much anywhere we gather. We listen, pay attention and are not easily fooled nor prone to amnesia.
    We know who's working on behalf of THE ENTIRE COUNTRY, and who is proactivley trying to unravel it.
    We know, and we will remember in November when we cast our vote to re-elect President Barack Hussein Obama.

    June 20, 2012 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  2. SafeJourney

    Latinos/Hispanics know that the Republicans do not care about them and the Majority of Latinos will not vote for the Repubs. Americans know the repubs are for the Rich.

    June 20, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  3. Jill

    The RNC should put the blame on the economy slogging it out squarely where it belongs - on our Do Nothing Congress that for the past 2 years fails and refuses to pass jobs bills, retraining bills, bills to get infrastructure jobs moving along. They said Hell No, and this is what we get. Put that on top of 2 unfunded wards that were suppose to be over in a fell swoop - why should anyone be surprised.

    June 20, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  4. Zach

    Ah yes. Trying to gain support by saying Hispanics are suffering under Obama economy, so the GOP's solution is to deport them away from Obama's economy? I don't think anyone is falling for this crap.

    June 20, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  5. ST

    Blame, blame and not giving alternatives. Hey GOP, time and money spent on doing something, is better than time and money spent on getting something.

    June 20, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  6. Dave

    And what has the GOP done about jobs? Where is their jobs bill that they promised in 2010? Crickets...

    June 20, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    "Obama bad. Obama bad Obama bad. My position? My solution?..........I'll get back to you on that"

    June 20, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  8. Vanessa

    Well said Dominica mama 4 obama.. We listen. Come November every latino united will b behind our president Barack Hussein Obama! & very proud to do so. Si se puede!

    June 20, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  9. the situation

    So Romney solution is to get Rubio to be his number 2. LOL!

    June 20, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  10. love344@tiscali.it

    it is crazy how they can twist things...

    June 20, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  11. GeminiGirl

    The Willard campaign is following Bozo's motto: "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!" Boy, talk about desperation!!

    June 20, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  12. acura2010

    Where are the jobs Boehner, Cantor, McConnell and liar Darrell Issa! You too busy disrupting the lives of American citizens catering to the hatred exremists groups just for votes.

    June 20, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  13. Tony

    Republicans' solution to Hispanic unemployment is to deport them. Alternatively, it is to make the economy so bad that Hispanics, legal or not, can't find jobs. According to a 2012 study by Pew Research Center, Mexican immigration to the U.S. has slowed since 2005, and the number of illegal immigrants from Mexico living in the country has dropped significantly. Of course, Republicans can't deport poor white people to reduce unemployment. Besides, Republicans need their votes.

    June 20, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  14. Malory Archer

    Everybody complains about the national economy, but if you ask them about their local economies, the majority will tell you that things are quite well. I had a 50 minute wait for a seat at Joe's Crab Shack on Saturday evening, the Tampa Bay area is having its best tourist year on record, and my hairstylist daughter returned from a week's vacation to find her schedule overflowing with clients, and a wait list for cancellations.

    June 20, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  15. Jesus Christ Superstar

    It's raining today. Blame Obama and the Democrats!

    June 20, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  16. 1twinsfan

    Geogrpahically speaking, many Hispanics live in the areas that were hardest hit by Bush's economic disaster, IE, AZ, NV, CA and FL. It's parsing too much, in my opinion.

    June 20, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  17. Joi Gibson

    When will Willard start offering some of his so-called solutions instead of just saying everything wrong in the world is President Obama's fault. Oh that's right – he won't because he knows if he strays from the uber-right wing they will drop him like a hot potato. So he keeps saying pretty much nothing and unfortunately, some people are falling for his empty suit rhetoric.

    OBAMA/BIDEN/FIRST LADY MICHELLE 2012!!!

    June 20, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  18. Joe M

    old white self employed for 30 yrs texas guy ; BET ON BLACK

    June 20, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  19. mike

    GOP youve lost them give up you were caught sleeping!!!!!

    June 20, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  20. Chizo

    I am surprised and outraged by my fellow Americans because they just don't get it. Why do you expect so much from President Obama in such a short time. It takes a lot longer to rebuild such economy and I want to remind my fellow republicans that these economic woes are all due to President Bush policies. I think objectively Obama is doing a good job and Romney has no solutions to these problems. He is only interested in making the rich get richer and does not care so much about the average Joe. Lets give Mr.President a chance!

    June 20, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  21. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    hey while you're at it RNC do one about the African American community as well where the unemployment is higher than the national average. That's Obama's fault too because if all of a sudden there was a spurt in hiring Blacks the right would call it affirmative action and blame the president for that too. The RNC cares about as much for Hispanics, Blacks and gays about as much as they want to raise taxes on the upper 1%.

    June 20, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  22. Governor 47th in Job Growth

    Gosh Willard. This too is a losing strategy. You'd be better off asking one of your gophers "como se dice hoagie en espanol?" Chupa lo Willard.

    June 20, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. Sandi Mc

    GOP, you are a pathetic and desperate lot. Latinos are too smart to believe your garbage. Romney is an empty suit who only has criticism of our President to offer. No solutions. My family lived in MA under his reign. They are not fans. He's nothing but a wealthy panderer and pawn to the GOP handlers.

    June 20, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  24. g

    the hole world is suffering from bush republican money scams –and you want a repeat–dead end

    June 20, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  25. Marty, FL

    To the contrary, Pres. Obama is solving problems for the Spanish and other communities that Congress won't, as seen last Friday.

    Adelante with Obama, not backwards with Romney.
    Si se puede!

    June 20, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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