TIME: Why the Latino vote in Arizona could be decisive in 2012
February 22nd, 2012
02:53 PM ET
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TIME: Why the Latino vote in Arizona could be decisive in 2012

(TIME) - Consider it an awkward coincidence: The final Republican debate before the Super Tuesday primary is taking place in Arizona, at the epicenter of the national immigration debate.

When the remaining four candidates take the stage on Wednesday night, they will inevitably be asked about the state’s tough crackdown on illegal immigration, which has defined the local Republican Party in recent years, buoyed the hopes of local Democrats and been condemned by, among others, the U.S. Department of Justice. The candidates will have to answer carefully.


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  1. Rudy NYC

    The Latino vote will be decisive all around the country, and not just along our southern border states. Republicans know this, but have chosen to declare war on Hispanic immigrants and their families anyway. So expect the Republicans to pass more voter suppression laws prior to the general election.

    [ Isn't curios how Republicans do not enforce their newly passed voter ID laws in their own primaries? Yet, every week you hear about another case of a *Republican elected official* either under suspicion, being actually charged, or eventually convicted of committing voter fraud.

    February 22, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. LBAM

    THE GOP true colors will shine tonight. Of course, they will pander to the hispanic population, but why and why should we buy that. Ther fact is that as hispanics, a vote fo the GOP is a vote against our freedom and prosperity. Democrat forever.

    February 22, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. Dave

    The absolute truth is that Latinos are about 95 % hardworking folks & Im sure this means their Democrat!!! The fact also us they are going to vote in huge numbers! Im with them. I am pulling nothing but D,s yea ALL DEMS!! Enough wit the Fatcats getting more & more well off. AMERICA, come Nov PULL ALL D,s & lets take back this Great Country From these filthy rich like Ro money who dont care 1 bit about the middle class GOD BLESS AMERICA

    February 22, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. Dave

    WORD LBAM!!!!! well said

    February 22, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. george of the jungle

    You are so right LBAM, I will probably gag. They will wait untill they get the latin vote befor coming up with legislation to deport them I hope our latin brothers can see through the lies . Obama 2012

    February 22, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. Rickster

    "This year’s Index of Dependence on Government presented startling findings about the sharp increase of Americans who rely on the federal government for housing, food, income, student aid or other assistance.
    Another eye-popping number was the percentage of Americans who don’t pay income taxes, which now accounts for nearly half of the U.S. population. Meanwhile, most of that population receives generous federal benefits."
    And thus, the problem: anybody with a functioning brain realizes how wrong and disastrous this situation is.....democrats, however, think this trend is just great and therefore will vote for President Failure once again so the trend will continue.

    February 22, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. Bill

    The fact is the "Latino" vote will be the whole ballgame in another 6 or 8 years! Moreover, in 16 or 18 years, it will no longer be an "American" who is even bothering to try for a political office of any significance nationwide. So, maybe we need to wake up and smell the Tequila and play the game or be out pickin' or cleanin' up soon ourselves!

    February 22, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. Nothing new here

    As an Independent voter, I am all for LEGAL immigration.
    However, I am totally against closing the borders to all immigration in general. I don't care about a person skin tone, it has never been an issue with me.
    But the party of NO has declared war on a lot of innocent Lations and immigrants – people that are here legally and do pay back into the system.
    The party of NO has also declared war against women, gays, blacks, the poor and middle-class, civil liberties...but I will comment on that in other threads.

    February 22, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    @Rickster – You are losing all credibility by quoting anonymous text from anonymous sources, especially when your quotes sound like opinion pages, not news. I am sure you feel that you accomplished something. I wish to tell you that you did.

    February 22, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    "And thus, the problem: anybody with a functioning brain realizes how wrong and disastrous this situation is.....democrats, however, think this trend is just great and therefore will vote for President Failure once again so the trend will continue."

    Wow, your lies are lame. Name any Dems who "think this trend is just great". You can't. And if you want more people to pay taxes, then start supporting economic policies that lead to more than low wage part-time jobs. Tax cuts for the wealthy doesn't do that, so come up with something else. The Dems are trying. The GOBP deathcult is not.

    February 22, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. Nothing new here

    People that complain about all these government handouts should be be supporting RON PAUL, or at least endorse a qualified third-party candidate.. But obviously people are more than happy with losing their civil liberties, and well as their $$$$. Or they would rather waste time arguing about who is the most "Christian".
    Who is the most Christian...pffffhhhhh...please.

    February 22, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Kudos to TIME magazine for showing pictures of Latinos ACROSS OUR COLOR SPECTRUM. They get it.
    Having said that, the GOP is totally out of luck with the Latino vote. Their values are NOT our values. Their spirituality appears to be for "show purposes only". They have depicted our faces as THE face of the illegals in this country. They are liars, and panderers who don't care a fig about improving this country and helping their fellow man. And last but not least unlike some gringos, WE DON'T FORGET.
    Obama 2012.

    February 22, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |