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Both Candidates Should Seize Opportunity to Speak Directly to Latino Voters
America’s Voice supports Univisión’s efforts to have the presidential candidates participate in a candidate forum focused on the array of issues most relevant to the Latino community.
Univisión, the nation’s largest Spanish language network, this week issued an invitation to the presidential candidates to participate in a candidate forum after descriptions of the three scheduled presidential debates and related moderators showed a troubling lack of focus on Latino issues. As Univisión anchor Jorge Ramos stated on the air, “Univisión network invited President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney to participate in a forum to talk directly to Hispanic voters. Hispanics as a voting group are the fastest growing in the country and it is estimated that 12 million Latinos will vote in the November presidential election.”
According to Frank Sharry, “In an election year in which the presidential campaigns will spend millions of dollars on Spanish language advertising, it should be a no-brainer to seize the opportunity to speak directly to the increasingly influential Spanish-dominant voting community by participating in Univisión’s candidate forum. We support Univisión’s effort and hope the presidential campaigns will recognize the benefits of their participation.”
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