June 6th, 2012
08:38 PM ET
10 years ago

VIDEO: Romney reaches out to Latinos

(CNN) - Former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez talked about his new role helping Mitt Romney reach Latino voters on Wednesday. Gutierrez was tapped to head the presumptive GOP presidential nominee's Hispanic Steering Committee, the Romney campaign announced earlier in the day.

"Hispanics have been political pawns to be used every time an election comes up," he said on CNN's "John King, USA." " We need to look holistically and strategically about immigration long-term because it’s going to become an economic and competitive issue."

Filed under: 2012 • Latinos • Mitt Romney • TV-John King U.S.A.
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Bill form GA

    Is he going to actually take a stand, with details of his planned policy??

    June 6, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  2. Grow up already...

    Yes... Mitt will employ you, as a gardener, roofer and cabana boy. Probably pay you in cash (under the table) all while he demonizes you in public. He'll do so because you're cheaper, will do a good job AND keep your mouth shut because you don't want to be sent back. Just don't let anybody KNOW you're working for him.

    June 6, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  3. Bootstomper

    Good luck mitt baby GOP is never going to land Hispanic votes as long as the tea party runs the republican party.

    June 6, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  4. jose

    i look forward to what this hypocrite will do to get latino votes.

    June 6, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  5. Vanessa

    yes, we have been pawns for the republicans every time they want our votes! Very hypocritical from their part.. my fam & friends used to vote for Republicans, but finally they' ve understood Republicans don't care about us, "the mexican".. We do matter & come this November we, as a community will stand behind our president Barack Hussein Obama! Yes we can.. Si se puede!

    June 6, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  6. SafeJourney3

    Romney is reaching and Latinos are backing away. Most American/Legal Latinos know about all the repubs discrimination in the states. Whether it be Latines, women, students, gays, blacks, etc. Repubs, you can not discriminate against an American group for 4 year and expect them to vote for you in the General Election.

    June 6, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He needs some sort of out reach so he doesn't lose too badly in November.

    June 6, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  8. Donkey Party

    Really? What was Willard doing, looking for a replacement gardener or housekeeper? All the pandering in the world isn't going to bring Latinos to Romney's side, never, not in a million years.

    June 6, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  9. Larry L

    Romney likes Latinos... to clean his pool... to make his bed... to vote for him...

    June 6, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  10. enuff

    Then Romney can re-use his "I'm one of you" to latinos to see if it works any better the second time around. He can say he relates to Latinos because his grandfather crossed the border too... only the opposite direction.

    June 7, 2012 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  11. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    Mitts hispanic reach out is playing a Run to the Border commercial from Taco Bell....

    June 7, 2012 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  12. Tony

    Romney's pitch to Latinos: Never mind what I said about immigration in the primary. I was just trying to appease the Tea Party people. Everyone, even the Tea Party people, knew that I did not mean it.

    June 7, 2012 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  13. Marie MD

    He can't reach out to latinos because his grandaddy moved to marry multiple women. His father was born in Mexico (and tried to run for president?) and he has never spoken about latinos except to make sure they are no longer cutting his lawn, for pete's sake, he's running for president.
    BTW – does he speak Spanish? He is only one generation removed. I guess the hoi polloi are not like him.

    June 7, 2012 06:40 am at 6:40 am |