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Romney Finally “Wins” One With Latinos

America's Voice | Released on 09/24/2012

The Candidate Carefully Stacked the Audience at His Univisión Interview – But Won’t Be Able to Do that at the Polls in November

The Romney campaign revealed a new Latino strategy at last week’s Univisión forum and it “worked”…for 35 minutes.  A BuzzFeed interview with Univisión’s Maria Elena Salinas reveals the true story behind the boisterous audience at last week’s Univisión forum with Mitt Romney, and the far more reserved audience that welcomed President Obama.

Although both candidates had committed to a students-only audience during the Univision interviews, according to BuzzFeed’s McKay Coppins the Romney campaign was unable to identify enough sympathetic, conservative students to fill the seats.  They threatened to “reschedule” unless Univisión would make an exception.  After Univisión agreed, Coppins writes: “Romney’s team was allowed to bus in rowdy activists from around southern Florida in order to fill the extra seats at their town hall. Obama’s campaign, meanwhile, stuck to the original parameters and allowed a large chunk of the tickets to be distributed to interested students on campus…Salinas said both candidates ultimately had partisan crowds at their forums, but that Romney’s non-student activists ignored instructions to hold their applause.”

Said Salinas, “We were a little bit thrown because it was supposed to be a TV show, it wasn’t a rally…It was a little bit of disrespect for us.”

While Mitt Romney was able to stack the deck in his favor during his 35-minute interview (while Obama sat for a full 60 minutes), he won’t be able to engineer the Latino electorate so precisely in November.  In fact, the latest impreMedia/Latino Decisions tracking poll shows that Obama continues to consolidate his high levels of Latino support, now leading Romney 69%-24%, and enthusiasm is growing.  According to Gary Segura of Latino Decisions, “46% of Latinos overall are more enthusiastic this year, compared with only 29% reporting greater enthusiasm four years ago. This is an almost perfect reversal of our findings from last November, one year before the election, and no doubt a reflection of both the administrations’ efforts on immigration and the GOP rhetoric during their primary season and its effects on the Romney candidacy.”

“Oh, how looks can be deceiving,” says Frank Sharry, Executive Director at America’s Voice. “Last week’s forum was the perfect example of Romney’s Latino outreach strategy: ‘cherry-pick Latino supporters, have them cheer loud enough to drown out Romney’s vacuous responses, and declare victory after the fact.’  The bad news for Republicans is that while turning out supporters for the Univisión forum is Romney’s biggest Latino victory so far, progressive organizations and the Obama campaign are focused on turning out voters for the election.”

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Montana October 30, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Rmoney is a joke. The Republicans and George W are the ones that brought us the worse economic downturn in history. Now they want us to believe that the Ken Dall Robot is our great white hope, please.

Corporations are people? People who are dependent upon government, who believe they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to take care of them, who believe they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it? What a fool.

The people who receive the disproportionate share of government spending are not big-government lovers. They are Republicans. They are senior citizens. They are white men with high school degrees. As Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution has noted, the people who have benefited from the entitlements explosion are middle-class workers, more so than the dependent poor.

But Rmoney wants to divide our country and blame those who have been hit worse by an economic disaster created by Republicans and George W, please, what a joke your party has become.

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