Obama criticized by key voting block for skipping Latino conference
June 24th, 2011
01:05 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama criticized by key voting block for skipping Latino conference

Washington (CNN) - It is one of the most influential voting blocks and key to the 2012 presidential election, but President Obama's popularity continues to decline among Hispanic and Latino voters and now the president is facing criticism for once again skipping a major Latino convention.

The annual conference of NALEO, The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, is being held this weekend in San Antonio, Texas. For the third year in a row, the president declined to speak at the conference. The White House says it's simply a scheduling issue and the president cannot make it to every conference he would like to attend.


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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. gt

    it does not matter if he goes there.. he will get 95 % black vote and 80 % hispanic regardless...he must get the independance voters...

    June 24, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    So they should all go vote for the Republicans. We know how much they are loved in Arizona and other states that pass the laws that require you carry your papers with you. So stay home or vote Republican and see how well that does for you. I can say that about everyone that did not vote in 2010.

    June 24, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Isn't this the Hispanic political organization that whose leaders are current and former Republicans? The same group that has supported Republican candidates across the board?

    June 24, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. ConservaFASCISTS

    I highly doubt that the President is missing this conference intentionally when I'm sure he as well as his re-election campaign are well aware of the growing latino electorate. If they call it a scheduling mishap, I'm inclined to take them at their word for that. Why would you want to disenfranchise latinos? It makes no sense whatsoever.

    June 24, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    He just doesn't want to hear all the tough questions about immigration "reform", aka amnesty. But don't worry, Obama will surely be playing the Hispanic race card down the line as he desperately tries to cling to office.

    June 24, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    BTW, I really LOVE all of these pictures of Obama waving good bye!! I only wish it was 2012 now and it was his last wave to us as he left to go back to corrupt Chicago.

    June 24, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. S. In California - Obama 2012

    I am sick and tired of people making DEMANDS on our president. IF you don't like the direction our president is taking you then vote for the other candidates and I will wait for you to pour out your miserable souls on these blogs. He is doing everything humanly possible to get this country moving (back) in the right direction. He is not God almighty people – just a man who was handed a pile of problems (and yes, he did ask for the job). People need to get a hold of themselves and have a little patience – he will get the job done. It just infuriates me to hear the gays saying he is not for gay marriage. I'm NOT EITHER but I'm not against it. If that is the way you want to live your life – do it but don't demand he ordain your lifestyle. He is the president and deserves some respect. As I said before if you think there is another candidate out there that can do a better job for you – vote for him/her and don't forget YOU ASKED FOR IT.

    June 24, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. Dale

    being held this weekend in San Antonio, Texas. I am just curious how many times has Obama been in the state of Texas?

    Come to think of it, how many times has he been in the state of New Mexico?

    June 24, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    well at least they got Rick Perry to show up

    June 24, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. vic , nashville ,tn

    Republicans lost Hispanic votes thanks to Arizona, Alabama .Georgia and South Carolina

    June 24, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. Vanessa

    I'm hispanic & I'm not discouraged/disappointed in our president! Quite the contrary, very excited 2 cast my vote again for him! Obama 1212!!!!

    June 24, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |