Romney addresses Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
September 17th, 2012
05:36 PM ET
9 years ago

Romney addresses Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Los Angeles, California (CNN) – Mitt Romney reached out to Hispanic voters Monday in a speech tailored to the growing Latino community, offering a new veneer on long-standing campaign policies.

The speech came hours after a top aide to the GOP presidential candidate said Romney would focus more on policy specifics in the 50 days that remain before Election Day.

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The aide, senior adviser Ed Gillespie, said Romney would put "new emphasis" on the specifics of what he would do as president, beginning with the Monday remarks.

"I'm convinced that the Republican Party is the rightful home of Hispanic-Americans," Romney told an audience of 1,400 business leaders at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce conference in Los Angeles.

He vowed to pursue policies that would help Hispanics, such as expanding trade with Latin America and offering school choice to lower-income students, and derided President Obama's actions on immigration reform as "playing politics."

"Like so many issues confronting our nation, when it comes to immigration, politics has been put ahead of people for too long," Romney said. "I will work with Republicans and Democrats to permanently fix our immigration system."

In a morning interview with Telemundo, Romney brushed off concerns about infighting among his top advisers that was first reported by Politico.

"I've got a terrific campaign," he said. "My senior campaign people work extraordinarily well together. I work well with them. Our campaign is doing well."

Romney's Los Angeles speech to the convention was preceded almost immediately by a video address from Obama, who framed the election as a choice between two paths and criticized Romney on the immigration stance he had taken during the Republican primaries.

The GOP candidate, in turn, swiped the president in his remarks over a just-filed White House complaint on China's trade policies.

Romney stepped up his criticism of Obama's dealings with China late last week, both on the stump and with a campaign advertisement.

"If I'd known that all it took to get him to take action was to run an ad citing his inaction on China's cheating, I would have run one long ago," Romney said.

Filed under: 2012 • California • Immigration • Latinos • Mitt Romney
soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. ironman59

    Of course mitt is on their side, as long as illegals can be manipulated for cheap labor. Once that option is gone, then the Hispanic vote or needs will be meaningless to the gop. The gop does not want immigration reform because it takes away a cheap and easily manipulated labor force. If you don't believe that, check out "W"'s record on immigration enforcement on businesses during his time in office.

    September 18, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  2. Squigman

    This man is an embarrassment to all thinking people, of any country. Go away.

    September 18, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
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