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Pundits Agree He is Extreme on the Economy, Extreme on Immigration
The reaction in Spanish-language media to Mitt Romney’s choice for vice presidential running mate has been strong and consistent: Ryan is out of step with Latinos on both the economy and immigration, and this choice means Romney has essentially given up on the Latino vote.
Paul Ryan has a poor track record when it comes to issues most important to the Latino community. He voted against the DREAM Act in 2010 and voted for the infamous Sensenbrenner bill in 2005, which would have turned undocumented workers and anyone who helped them into felons. He also attacked President Obama earlier this year for not passing the exact same type of immigration reform that Republicans opposed. Further, polling shows that Ryan’s extreme stances on economic issues are also out of step with the positions held by most Latinos—a June 2012 Latino Decisions/America’s Voice poll of Latino voters in 5 key battleground states revealed that Latino voters think that the federal government has a key role in stimulating the economy. When asked about the best way to help the economy grow, 52% said the “government should invest resources in federal projects to stimulate the economy,” while only 33% said “it is better for the government to lower people’s taxes.”
This past weekend, major Spanish-language media outlets and political pundits highlighted Ryan’s extremism on both immigration and the economy, and concluded that Romney made the decision to double down on his conservative base and leave Latino voters hanging in the wind:
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