Rubio: Romney's Latino comment was 'joke'
September 19th, 2012
05:51 PM ET
10 years ago

Rubio: Romney's Latino comment was 'joke'

(CNN) - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was joking when he said at a Florida fundraiser last spring that he would have a better shot at winning the presidency if he were Latino, Sen. Marco Rubio said Wednesday.

On a conference call with reporters, Rubio said that the comments - recorded secretly and published earlier this week along with other clips of the same event by a left-leaning magazine - were intended to be a line of humor.

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"Well I think he meant it as a joke," Rubio said. "At least, that's how most reasonable people would take it."

In the fundraiser, Romney said, "My dad, you probably know, was the governor of Michigan and was the head of a car company, but he was born in Mexico.

"Had he been born of Mexican parents, I'd have a better shot at winning this, but he was unfortunately born of Americans living in Mexico," Romney said to laughter at the fundraiser. "They'd lived there for a number of years, and I mean I say that jokingly, but it'd be helpful if they'd been Latino."

Rubio, who is Cuban American and a rising star in the GOP, and Romney acknowledged the candidate was on the list of people he was vetting to join his presidential ticket.

The Senator from Florida said Romney has made a similar reference or joke like that in the past.

Romney is to speak Thursday evening at a forum hosted by the Spanish-language television network Univision, then hold a rally in Miami, Florida.

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Filed under: 2012 • Marco Rubio • Mitt Romney
soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. Leroy

    The "joke" will be on Romney when he is declared the loser on the evening of November 6th...

    September 19, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  2. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    Hay ,rubio ,you can go down the toilet with romney the tax cheat ,in Nov or when ever your on the ballot in Florida ,loser !!!!!!!!!

    September 19, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  3. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    Rubio ,your nose is brown !!!!!!

    September 19, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  4. Debbie

    Didn't say "latino" said "mexican."

    September 19, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  5. Jules

    If that was a joke, Im the Queen of England

    September 19, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  6. Mark

    There is a big but at the end of that joke.

    September 19, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  7. Steven Colo

    If so, this would be the first indication that Romney even HAS a sense of humor.

    September 19, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  8. Howard

    Maybe Romney could make a bunch of empty promises to the Latinos, for their votes. It worked for Obama in 2008, when he made a bunch of empty promises to win the election.

    September 19, 2012 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  9. NaniintexasI

    As an Hispanic, I am not laughing about his comments at all.

    September 19, 2012 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  10. Numyorangay

    "At least, that's how most reasonable people would take it."

    Marco, Babe, let it go! It was not a nice thing to say. . .

    September 19, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  11. Alfredo

    Rubio is only in office because Meeks and Crist split the moderate and liberal vote. He won that seat with less than 47% if the vote and this constitutes a rising star? He's not even popular in Florida... just on TV and in D.C.

    September 20, 2012 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  12. Reggie from LA

    "Ok Marco. It's your turn in the barrel. Now it's time for you to placate those Latinos with magical words. Be sincere. We've been doing this all campaign long and managed to keep a grasp of supporters who don't care that I say. Tee hee hee!!! We just back pedal, blame Obama and we still have their votes locked up. Hence, the "other" 47%"

    September 20, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  13. Phi Thomas

    what a sell out this guy Rubio is, he uses your name to gain favor with the Latin Community you ha no shot at the VP Job spark plug. Then you go along with this Minstrel show and try to make what he said is a joke. Please, listen to the tape or watch it. There is nothing funny about it, he is giving people paying 50K a plate his play book and he got caught being Candid. Rubio what a Schmuck

    September 20, 2012 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  14. Freddy

    This guy Rubio is really letting the ignorance of republicans emerge. the embarrassment is already big enough so don't make it worst

    September 20, 2012 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  15. PixieDust

    Rubio, how stupid do you think people really are.

    September 20, 2012 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  16. jane

    His comment was "a joke"? Well, that makes sense, considering his entire campaign is a joke.

    September 20, 2012 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  17. Just a thought pushing policies to force "those latinos to self deport" was a joke too?

    September 20, 2012 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  18. GI Joe

    Getting another liar to help him try to weasel out of what he said? He and ryan lie enough. Stop making others lie for you Mr. .0001%.

    September 20, 2012 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  19. Real Patriot

    what a suck-up

    September 20, 2012 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  20. xlntcat

    A joke? But it wasn't funny. All it did is show Romney disdain for Latinos and Hispanics and how he views himsself as a 'victim'. Guess if he released those tax returns we would see that he is among the 47% that paid zero taxes.

    September 20, 2012 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
  21. Anna B

    Marco Rubio = Uncle Tomas for the Republican Party. Sad! Racist jokes are just Soooooo funny aren't they Marco?

    September 20, 2012 03:40 am at 3:40 am |
  22. E

    So if it is a joke he was laughing at the latinos for having no hope of being represented in the white house. har har. He's a laugh riot. His mormon roots are showing, poor people and minorities are "cursed" and he'll never be able to communicate with them.

    September 20, 2012 03:46 am at 3:46 am |
  23. rosethornne

    Yes yes, we already know Romney is a joke.

    September 20, 2012 04:05 am at 4:05 am |
  24. charles

    The three liers Robmey ,Lying Ryan and the Cuban Rubio are jokers.Robmey is in the 47% category become he doesn't pay tax.

    September 20, 2012 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  25. Andres

    A joke..maybe Rubio considers people wearing a white hood also a Joke. How can a Latino disregard such insulting comments regarding inmigrnats and their strugles.what else to expect from a Latino against the rights of inmigramts and the Dream Act.. Latinos for Romne is like roaches for Raid!!

    September 20, 2012 04:18 am at 4:18 am |
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