Romney addresses Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
September 17th, 2012
05:36 PM ET
8 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. Pete

    Why don't Romney speak of his relatives that live in Mexico,ashamed ha!!They're proud of their American relative running for president,they've never been introduced,how's that for foriegn relation policies!!!And now your Ayn Rand diciple Ryan campaigning back in Wisconsin for his old congressional seat,even rats know when to get out of a burning house don't they before it burns down!!

    September 17, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  2. Michael

    Once again Mittens has shown he has no CLUE- I don't know of one Latino who is voting republican this time- I know one who doesn't like the President so he isn't voting- but that's the closest it comes to the Latino turning to the gop....why vote for a party who votes against you nine out of ten times? Four More Years! Viva Obama!

    September 17, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  3. TAK

    Bet they don't have to speak English to know a liar when they see and hear one.

    September 17, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  4. Tree


    Obama begins working after Romney tells us what he will do as President. I think Obama is just waiting on Romney to give him direction because Obama has no idea what to do next. The country is in chaos and Obama is in over his head
    You sound foolish..........Romney don't have a clue he wants to run the country like a business and that my friend will not work. You can be for Romney all you want but he is not good for this country. Romey has not told us nothing my friend, I don't know what you are When he does no one will pay attention because everything he does is shady....

    September 17, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  5. Iamnotfooled

    Latino's see this PANDERER for what he really is. He is insulting their intelligence.

    September 17, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  6. Iamnotfooled

    What specifics? All I see here is more President Obama bashing. He has nothing and everyone is finally catching on.

    September 17, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. Just a thought

    Ahh....the intellectually vapid Faux News pundits "myview couldn't possibly be and No truth whatsoever" have joined in with unusual brand of stupidity. Keep trying you two! LOL Can't wait for you and the rest of the GOP to disappear on Nov. 7th. Please feel free to leave the country as we really have no need for either of you.

    September 17, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  8. jparker

    Romney & his constant lies & pandering gets worse every day.
    Obama / Biden 2012

    September 17, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  9. Nick Mills, Missoula MT

    Sorry Romney, Obama is still going to get majority of voter.

    September 17, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  10. Bootstomper

    Now this joker just got caught in a lie on telemundo saying he doesn't recall the Kansas ag who wrote the Alabama and Arizona immigration laws. But in January he called him a great friend and was glad to have him on board as an advisor.

    September 17, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  11. bettyboop33

    On behalf of many Hispanic American voters...we would like for you to release your tax about it? Obama/Biden 2012

    September 17, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. Steve S

    He really MEANS cleaning the home of GOP Americans.

    September 17, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  13. yogi

    Whenever Romney opens his mouth he should start with: What would you like to hear and I will tell you, because I really am clueless.

    September 17, 2012 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  14. Downwithbarak

    To anyone who says Romney is two faced, will the real Barack Hussein Obama please stand up? Will the real Barack Hussein explain who gave him the 40k a year to graduate from Harvard? Will the real Barack Hussein stand up to the Islamic Revolution? Will the real Barack Obama please stand up to the weakened economy numbers. Stay seated Obama, cause your an embarrassment to all African Americans and more over all Americans Worst president since... Well... doesn't get much worse. You're welcome Jimmy Carter

    September 17, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  15. Mike

    @MittRomney...Mr. Romney, show us your tax returns!! What are you hiding???

    September 17, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  16. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Hispanic Americans beware! This wolf in sheep's clothing is courting your vote, but has never been your friend. The republicans and the Bush administration allowed millions of Hispanics into the country in an attempt to lower American wages, then turned on them after the republicans failed to block raising of the minimum wage.

    September 17, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  17. LBLA

    GOP offers:
    Respect for religion and traditional values (most hispanics are catholic)
    A plan to grow jobs and increase trade with latinamerica
    Won't judge by color of skin

    Dems offer:
    We'll let you smuggle in as many family members as possible by turning a blind eye to our laws
    Free stuff free stuff free stuff!!!!
    You don't have to ever learn English
    Because of the color of your skin, we will give you special treatment

    September 17, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  18. Reggie from LA

    I can hear it now. "Although you are part of the 47% that will vote for Obama no matter what, I can assure you that as your president, I will have your best interests at heart...just as soon as I can find one in me, ha ha haaaaa!!

    September 17, 2012 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  19. Marie MD

    You mean those Hispanics that you have nothing, nor want anything to do with, because your poor dad was born in Mexico becaue of polygamy?
    Aren't these part of those people you think will never take personal responsibility? Keep up the good work. There are millions of Americans who will more than happy to dig that hole for you.

    September 17, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  20. Jane

    I wonder if he told this audience to its face that he thinks it would help if he were Hispanic? Or was that gem just for priviate consumption at his Richie Rich donor party???

    September 17, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  21. Wem

    People check the controversial video!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Romney is shady!!! unreal and has no class. He has no clue what the american people want and he himself verifies that point.

    September 17, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  22. RomneyLOL

    It's so sad, yet cute, how some people think Romney can actually win this thing. Where he was once digging his own grave with a shovel, now he's using a bulldozer. How much more embarrassing can you be for the GOP? Oh wait...the debates are right around the corner! Christmas comes early.

    September 17, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  23. Roland

    Looks like he wants to give the lower income latinos more and those of us who make a bit too much such as myself will continue to take out loans with high interest rates. Romney is just trying to focus his efforts to get the vote whichever way he can and then flip flop on the issues he said he would do once he gets into office. The majority of the Republican party is in it for themselves and their own pockets.

    September 17, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  24. Sheriff JOE

    Mexicans give birth anally

    September 17, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  25. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Romney addresses Hispanic Chamber of Commerce◄
    Romney, many of those Hispanics you are speaking to are part of that 47% you said you're not worrying about – BUSTED!!!!!!!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!

    September 17, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
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