January 29th, 2012
10:58 AM ET
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Florida governor: Why Latinos back Romney

(CNN) – Florida's Republican governor predicted Mitt Romney will win his state's primary on Tuesday, aided by support from the Latino community.

Gov. Rick Scott, who was elected in 2010, on Sunday attributed Romney's approval among Hispanic voters to successes in his private and public life.

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"If you look at Gov. Romney's family he's been very successful. He's built a great family, very committed to his wife … he's somebody that's been successful in life," Scott said on CNN's "State of the Union." "I think if they look at his background, it's what they want."

A recent ABC News/Univision poll of likely Latino voters in the state showed Romney with 49% support compared with Newt Gingrich's 23%. Romney received similar support in a NBC News/Marist poll released Sunday of all likely GOP voters that indicated Romney in the top spot with 42% support, followed by Gingrich at 27%, Rick Santorum at 16% and Ron Paul at 11%.

Although Scott has yet to endorse a candidate in the race, he said those who make up the Latino voting bloc care most about jobs and education, issues he wishes the candidates would raise more on the campaign trail.

Agreeing with Scott was former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, who is backing Romney in the 2012 race.

"Republican values are so similar to Latino values," Gutierrez told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. "The problem is … the rhetoric, the words. The words sting sometimes, the words that are used around the debate and that has turned off Hispanics."

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. JaneMiami (twitter)

    If you voted for Paul Songus in Massachusets, you're probably a liberal
    If you flip-flop on social issues, you're probably a panderer
    If you are running your international affairs from Cliff Notes – you're probably not prepared to be President of the US


    January 29, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    This should be a red flag to all latinos. If Gov. Scott likes it, then it cannot be good for anyone except for the elite social circles he travels in.

    January 29, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  3. Thomas

    Rick Scott, America's Least Popular Governor.

    In 1997, Rick Scott was implicated in the biggest Medicare fraud case in US history, stepping down as CEO of Columbia/HCA

    Romney / Scott 2012 ?

    January 29, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. once upon a horse

    as the LEAST most popular govenor in the nation I wouldn't take much belief in what Scott has to say about ANYTHING. In fact Mitt might do well to avoid him at all cost.

    January 29, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. Name

    Scott was elected in a dirty campaign ,that he spent 10x what his challenger spent.He himself should be in jail for Medicaid,medicare fraud ,for the company he was CEO in.Pleaded the 5th ,85times in court,because he had money ,he bought his way out.Came to Florida,ran for office knowing full well he was in a state with no recall in its amendments,smart as a fox...Floridians wish they could impeachment him ,but he's good at dodging bullets.He's ruining Florida,people are leaving in record numbers because of his reckless behavior.Lowest approval rating of ALL TEABAGGIN GOVERNORS

    January 29, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. djtee

    This Scott Walker want to be Gov Rick Scott should be in jail for fraud and if the Latino community gets behind him and Mitt they are crazy,

    January 29, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. Vin Dicated

    So what if Mitt gets the majority of Latino votes Tuesday. Those are just Republicans in a primary. Come the general election, when Dems, Reps and independents vote, the support will go to Obama.

    January 29, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. nazam nabie

    Who is rick scott

    January 29, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. vic , nashville ,tn

    "Republican values are so similar to Latino values," really

    Why republicans states Arizona, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina forcing Latinos to leave their states?

    January 29, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. tigerakabj

    Correction, Mitt is getting the Cuban vote. In the rest of the country, President Obama is 2-1 over Romney in terms of support for Latinos. They've been watching his responses to immigration (i.e., opposes the Dream Act) and are ready to make sure he never sees the inside of the WH.

    January 29, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. JaneMiami (twitter)

    Google it Mitt Romney and Paul Gtsongas, one of the most liberal folks in the race back them. WOW.

    January 29, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. Anthony

    Very simple. The two largest groups of Latinos in Florida are Cubans and Puerto Ricans. The GOP has a problem with Mexicans, not Cubans or Puerto Ricans. Incidentally, Romney's father was born in Mexico to American citizens.

    January 29, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. Just a thought

    ahh....love that reporting....All of a sudden Latinos support R-Money! Yeah right.....total sacrasm

    January 29, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    They back him because they know......"self deportation" will not happen. They will not be sought, they will not be impacted in any way, they will continue to have "business as usual".

    January 29, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. Jilli

    Hmm...a man with perilously low approval ratings himself – a man indicted for medicare fraud – excuse me if I happen to think that anything you have to say isn't worth a warm bucket of spit Mr. Scott.

    January 29, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |