House Democrats look to grab crucial Hispanic voting bloc
August 23rd, 2012
04:35 PM ET
9 years ago

House Democrats look to grab crucial Hispanic voting bloc

(CNN)-The campaign arm for the House Democrats announced Thursday an outreach program targeting Hispanic Americans, underscoring the importance of the key group of voters in November's election.

Titled "Mi Congreso Mi Voto" the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's focused effort targets 16 congressional districts across eight states with large Hispanic populations. The House is currently controlled by Republicans by a 242-193 margin.

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Both sides have made notable efforts to garner Hispanic support prior to the November contests considering the group's status as one of the fastest growing minority population in the United States.

Next week's Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida will emphasize a series of high-profile Latino Republicans in an attempt to highlight the party's diversity by reserving prominent speaking roles for rising conservative, Latino stars such as Sen. Marco Rubio from Florida, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Senate candidate Ted Cruz from Texas.

The campaign for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney released a Spanish-language ad in July targeting Latino voters and featuring his son, Craig, who is fluent in Spanish, urging voters to "get to know" his dad.

In a statement about the Democrats' new program, House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Xavier Becerra pointed to Republican-supported policies Democrats claim would hurt Hispanic Americans.

"Republicans are focused on defeating President Obama, while supporting an agenda that would end Medicare and Medicaid, eliminate jobs, and block the DREAM Act at any cost, while giving tax breaks to millionaires and companies that ship jobs overseas," Becerra said in a statement about the program, also noting the importance of the group's participation in determining Democratic success in November.

But Latino interest in the 2012 election appears to be lagging. Compared to the 2008 election cycle, Hispanic interest levels in 2012 are 10 points behind where they were in the previous election, according to an NBC-Wall Street Journal-Telemundo poll conducted in July.

Obama, who carried Hispanic support handily in 2008 against Republican Sen. John McCain, continues to have an overwhelming amount of support from the Latino community compared to 2012's presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney.

Obama's advantage over Romney among the politically imperative demographic remains steady from previous months, with the president taking 67% to Romney's 23% of registered Latino voters' support in July.

These polling numbers followed the president's executive order announced in June halting the deportation of illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children. Obama's order was popular nationwide but especially among Latinos who were significantly in favor of the new policy by almost nine-in-ten, according another NBC-WSJ poll taken in June.

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Filed under: 2012 • DCCC • Democrats • Latinos • Republican National Convention
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    First Teatroll to equate hispanic voting with illegal immigrants voting or to say something about requiring people to be able to speak english in order to win one internets and a cookie. Please report to the Bigot Emporium to claim your prozes.

    August 23, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. Hahahahahahaha

    The GOP hate Hispanics! Isn't that a good enough reason? Hahahhahahaha

    August 23, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. insight iowa

    Thank God someone has common sense!! I have been so scarred that maybe some type of crazy brain disease was going around after listening to all the Republicans this past year... And I'm a Republican.

    August 23, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |

    romney self deportation

    romney english official language

    Romney tapped El Salvador's wealthy families, including one linked to right-wing death squads

    Mitt Romney said he would veto the DREAM Act

    Romney to Young Illegals: Join the Military or Go Home

    August 23, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. myviewis

    I know that many Hispanics have come to understand that their Medicare comes out of their paychecks, they pay for it and that luckily even though many have not been living in the U.S. many years they still get to enjoy Medicare benefits when they retire as do Americans who have paid into Medicare since the day they began to work. The eliminating of jobs they know is a lie because they know Republicans are workaholics. Blocking the Dream Act not sure they now trust all that it claims to do and I know some that are jealous they had to go through the legal process while those illegal in our country would get off easy. Shipping jobs overseas only means that their relatives were able to find jobs in their countries and giving tax breaks to millionaires in their countries it means that millionaires will try to create more industry, more jobs to make more money. Gotta talk to Hispanics to understand their thinking and explanations and this is what I have learned from them. Latino interest has recently declined from what I have been told because they don't trust their own people/politicians so Becerra might be one of those they don't trust.

    August 23, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. Darryls brother Darryl

    oooh, looky more voter blocs – more groupism, more division and hate coming from the liberals !

    August 23, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. drake mallard

    Mitt Romney Flip Flops On English As Official Language with Spanish-language ad.

    August 23, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. vic , nashville ,tn

    My political Guru is my dad; we watch all the drama very close bad news for Republican
    1) Past 10 days conservative media spend more air time On Paul Ryan not good for GOP
    2) Republican very quick to dump Todd Akin
    3) From June 15th Romney couldn’t control media on his message
    4) Look like Romney avoiding spot light

    August 23, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. Willard

    could you, please, explain us what was this rant? I tryed to read three times, and still don't have any clue! Thanks!

    August 23, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  10. 1twinswin

    My husband's lineage in the US goes back over 300 years. Romney's dad was born in Mexico. And my tan husband is the one who should leave?

    August 23, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  11. myviewis


    could you, please, explain us what was this rant? I tryed to read three times, and still don't have any clue! Thanks!

    Latinos, Hispanics are not buying the lies told by Democrats, They are finally waking up to the truth. Obviously you never speak to Hispanics, Latinos which is why you don't understand what I wrote.

    August 23, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. myviewis


    My husband's lineage in the US goes back over 300 years. Romney's dad was born in Mexico. And my tan husband is the one who should leave?

    If he's in this country illegally then yes. I had to enter this country legally why shouldn't your husband?

    August 23, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. magistramarla

    Seems to me that the GOP has done everything possible to infuriate Hispanics, women, teachers, firemen, the LGBT community, environmentalists and anyone who values their Medicare and Social Security.
    How anyone in any of those groups could vote for them is beyond me.

    August 23, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  14. wake-up-america!

    RudyG, where were you when GWBush was loosing 700,000 jobs per month ! Were you posting then? I think not.
    Let me guess...hum. You made up a bunch of excuses why the President isn't responsible for the economy. Right?
    By the way, the country has actually recognized positive job growth over the last 21 straight months!

    August 23, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  15. wake-up-america!

    Myviews, were you like 12 when GW was in office? I mean you can't actually think he created jobs, right? Toward the end of his 2nd term we were losing 700,000 per month! Go check Fox News and get back with me. I'm sure they'll tell you what to think on this.

    August 23, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  16. myviewis


    Seems to me that the GOP has done everything possible to infuriate Hispanics, women, teachers, firemen, the LGBT community, environmentalists and anyone who values their Medicare and Social Security.
    How anyone in any of those groups could vote for them is beyond me.

    Sorry, but the Hispanics I speak with are not furious with the GOP, if anything they find Democrats to lie to them and I have 2 firemen friends and they are not furious with the GOP. I do agree they have infuriated most women and teachers because but I am a woman and agree with the GOP. And environmentalists don't all think alike. Now Medicare paying for Obamacare is okay with Democrats but I think it is wrong to take our money to pay for Obamacare. Yes, I know Obama says he is cutting or saving Medicare money which means Senior Citizens will get a lower quality of care so that the money saved/cut can be diverted to Obamacare. So how exactly is Social Security in trouble with the GOP?????????

    August 23, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  17. vic , nashville ,tn

    Who enter this country after 13th century are illegals

    August 23, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans have attempted everything possible to delete Hispanics but it hasn't worked because they know something about hard work after working for years in the fields that put food on our tables and in our homes cooking, cleaning, child care, gardening all for minimal pay. It just ain't that simple, they strong and they are educated and they are qualified voters.

    August 23, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |

    Very simple ,romney just wants your vote ,than you will never hear or see him again ,at least Obama is making the economy come back up while the Gop trys to keep unemployment high at your exspense to get the white house ,let's send them to hell !!!

    August 23, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  20. rs

    When the GOP wonders why they don't pick up more voters, I will refer you to my home state, Arizona. Do Joe Arpiao and Jan Brewer ring anybody's bell?

    They'll keep the GOP "white" your years and tears to come.

    August 23, 2012 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  21. The REAL TRUTH...

    @myviewis – Latinos, Hispanics are not buying the lies told by Democrats,
    The lies told by whom ????? Democrats... ??? REALLY?? The fabrications, half-truths, inmnuendo, inferences used by the Replicans in this Presidential race are by far WORST I have ever seen. Most of us would flat out call them lies. It's such as shame that obviously intelligent folks (like yourself and other right wing trolls) buy into the hate-garbage from foreign-owned Faux Noise Entertainment.. W-A-Y too much cool-aid guzzling.. honestly thought many here had the sense to check out the FACTS, learn the TRUTH about the mis-information being parrotted by the right, and make up your own mind as to whether we move forward with Obama (3rd time in 100 yrs the Dems have had to fix Republican Depressions) or go back to more of this:
    Evaporation of $500 BILLION budget surplus,
    NEGATIVE 8.9% GDP,
    $11 TRILLION national debt (6.4 added bu Dubya),
    $1.47 TRILLION deficit,
    $2.8 TRILLION in tax cuts (unpaid for),
    TWO Wars (unpaid for),
    Medicare prescription plan (unpaid for),
    $3 TRILLION borrowed from China,
    BILLION dollar no-bid contracts award to the military-industrial complex,
    a Wall Street, Banking, Auto, Mortgage crisis,
    loss of over 700,000 jobs monthly and
    an economy heading into Depression when President Obama took office!

    These are all verifiable FACTS, but don't belive me... DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH !!

    August 23, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  22. T'sah From Virginia

    LMAO – The fact that Romney does not poll no more than 21-28% with Hispanics; the fact that he has 0% support from African Americans – Obama is also beating Romney with other minorities, gays, women – Romney will lose. Romney moved so far right, he only has the far-Right vote – Look at his crowd!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!

    August 23, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain: Mittens 'n' Munster are Liars

    @myviewis: "Republicans are workaholics"

    OMG, I about fell out of my chair laughing!!!!! If Republicans are such hard workers, then why do Red states have the highest high school drop-out rates; the lowest average incomes; the highest divorce rates (they don't work too hard at their marriages, apparently); and the highest teen pregnancy rates (again, not working very hard to take care of themselves).

    And most Red states are financially "in the red" when it comes to how much money they receive from Washington compared with what their residents pay in taxes. (For example, the top 10 states receiving the most federal funding per tax dollar paid are New Mexico: $2.63; West Virginia: $2.57; Mississippi: $2.47; District of Colombia: $2.41; Hawaii: $2.38; Alabama: $2.03; Alaska: $1.93; Montana: $1.92; South Carolina: $1.92; Maine: $1.78).

    So thanks for the laugh, myviewis!

    August 24, 2012 01:02 am at 1:02 am |