Romney hits Obama in new Spanish-language ad
October 2nd, 2012
10:56 AM ET
10 years ago

Romney hits Obama in new Spanish-language ad

(CNN) - A new Spanish-language ad from GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney hits President Barack Obama over the national debt.

"Obama and the Democrat allies. Their great achievement: a 16 trillion dollar debt," the narrator says in the spot, according to a translation provided by the Romney campaign.

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"The policy of Obama and the Democrats has caused that half of our young people are struggling to find work when they graduate," the ad continued.

It points out an individual's share - over $50,000 - of the $16 trillion national debt.

This spot follows previous Spanish-language ads from Team Romney critical of Obama on Hispanic unemployment, the economy, and Medicare.

One released in mid-August on a similar theme asked, "Can we accept that half of our youth cannot find work upon finishing college?"

Romney makes a similar case in appearances on the campaign trail. In Wayne, Pennsylvania on Friday, he said in a speech at the Valley Forge Military Academy & College, "if anybody who's a young person going to college today keeps voting for the president, why, they get more debt, fewer jobs and a smaller military."

Both candidates have been courting Hispanic voters as Election Day approaches. A study released by the Pew Center on Monday found 23.7 million Latinos are eligible to vote this year, an increase of 22% over 2008 numbers.

In total, 17% of eligible Latino voters live in the nine states considered "toss ups" on CNN's Electoral Map – meaning that most potential Latino voters live in states that are either solid or leaning for either Romney or Obama. The Pew report indicated that 55% of eligible Latino voters live in California, Texas or New York – states which consistently vote Republican or Democratic in presidential elections.

The Romney campaign did not say where the spot would run, or how much it was spending to put it on television.

- CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • Latinos • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (16 Responses)

    The ad doesn't point out that your tax plan which you refuse to give us any details on will add $5 trillion dollars to the debt. You look really desperate now Willard. Stop APPEASING to minorities.

    October 2, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. Thomas

    Viva GW Romney

    October 2, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. Obama Cares

    This coming from "Mr. Self Deportation" himself, go figure.

    October 2, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. Marty, FL

    Pants-on-fire Romney divisively lies again. The debt is actually shared responsibility between both parties, and he knows it.

    By contrast, Romney would grossly increase deficits, and President Obama's plan reduces it.

    Si se puede!

    October 2, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. Gurgyl

    We will self-deport you all Hispanica–by Mitt Romney. Yes, on obama12. Period.

    October 2, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. Patrick in Wisconsin

    Mitt needs to stop wasting money on a demographic he knows he won't win in a million years. Hispanics know that Romney doesn't represent their interests in any way.

    October 2, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |

    Meanwhile.., Obama is suppressing defense related layoff notices right before the election, by encouraging defense contractors to violation federal law, and offering to pay the legal fees that result with taxpayer's money.

    Not that CNNs consider this news worthy..

    October 2, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. proudcanadian

    Where are Romneys detail plans to fix the economy?The same way he decided to hide his prior to 2 years tax returns.What a looser!no wonder he is not popular with the Canucks.This man cannot be trusted.Attacking Obama is not a strategy,afterall Obama is likeable

    October 2, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  9. Borderless

    The Latino community needs to wake up and realize that they aren't even on Obama's radar. He has taken no action to address the immigration issue except to send his jack-booted thugs from the Justice Department to states that offend him. Obama cares about Obama. That's it. Get him out of office or all the Latino community will be four more years of him giving you lip service and nothing else. Anyone but Obama in 2012.

    October 2, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. Latino

    Obama Plan = Good for the people (naaa !!) Just enough for people to like and get re-elected. Its funny how they asked him not long ago how much the Dept was and he said. "he was aware of the figure " What a JOKE. He is lying or he really doesn't care about America. I think Both !!!

    We need Romney people. Its an opportunity of a lifetime to have such a great man in the White House. Don't you miss this opportunity. You will regret it!

    October 2, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. 1twinsfan

    Borderless, do you think the only thing Latinos care about is immigration? I've polled the ones I know and you know what they say? Esta gringa loca...Mom. I want a president who can look at my family and not think they're immigrants or only first generation. Try fifth or sixth. Romney can't do that. He'd insult them with self-deportation talk and then have the chutzpah to ask for their votes when he realizes they're citizens.

    October 2, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. usa

    @ Latino Totally agree with you! Romney is a great man – very intelligent, has high values and morals, incredible business savvy, loves America and its greatness, is a strong leader, will make a wonderful President – and we need him now!

    October 2, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. Sniffit

    "The Pew report indicated that 55% of eligible Latino voters live in California, Texas or New York"

    And only one of them had their redistricting plan and voter ID laws intended to suppress hispanic votes thrown out by the courts. Anyone wanna guess which one that was?

    October 2, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. gt

    no jobs no matter the language stinks...if you think obama has help create a robust economy then vote for him, if he has help your home value go up vote for him,.. i you dont think you pay enough in taxes vote for obama....

    October 2, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. Pete

    It's funny how Romney says he wished he were Latin just to gain votes,nothing else when his own relatives in Mexico he's never met,can you say out of touch and failed foriegn policies..How he wants doubling the military defense budget,cutting taxes and not one way to pay for it,sounds a bit like Cheney and his stupid comment saying budgets take care of themselves,quit worrying..Bush tried that too in nonfunding two wars,cutting taxes and Medicare Part D,remember that and he nevered balanced any budget you hypocritical republicans know it,don't deny your incompetence in politics,its historic with you losers voting for losers!!

    October 2, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  16. gar

    I find it absurd to read the continuous griping about Romney and taxes.First the American dream is to get rich which he did. Second as one who has worked at doing tax returnsIi know of very few people who are down right honest and try and manipulate every angle to not pay taxes. I would sooner have a person in charge who has made money and can shape an economy.US and Them so to speak . How about all those Hollywood celebrities who hide their money every wish way? The ones Obama fawns over and many accept them as a fountain of knowledge,when most are as stupid as a bag of hammers but reached the top by sheer accident.Amercia is heading into the dumpster with its domestic and foreign policies and those who think not re-elect Obama and pray.

    October 2, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |