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While Team Romney hits Obama with a Nevada ad that highlights the administration’s deportation record, Obama hit the campaign trail in Colorado yesterday, slamming the GOP presidential hopeful on his immigration plan.
“Romney believes in self-deportation” and the Arizona immigration law, Mr. Obama told the crowd in Pueblo, Colo., Thursday.
However, as we’ve reiterated, that’s not the only thing that Mitt Romney believes. He’s also said that he would veto the DREAM Act, which would provide a roadmap toward citizenship for undocumented immigrant youth who complete at least two years of college or two years of military service. The bill is popular with the majority of Americans.
Earlier this week, Quinnipiac/CBS/New York Times rolled out a poll out that showed that Obama has a commanding 40-point lead among Hispanics. According to CBS, Latinos make up 10 percent of Colorado’s likely voters, i.e. not a measly number.
However, Mitt Romney’s problem with the Latino vote is a well-known fact and not merely isolated to the state of Colorado. This Nevada fact sheet states that Latino voters strongly support President Obama over Mitt Romney. Sixty-nine percent of Latino voters in Nevada plan to vote for Barack Obama in November, while 20% plan to support Mitt Romney. According to Jamelle Bouie from the Washington Post:
Latinos are an under-polled demographic, so the usual caveats apply, but a new analysis from Univision shows Romney with historically terrible support among Hispanic voters. Averaging the results of 10 surveys, beginning last fall, Univision found President Obama with 66.7 percent support among Latinos — almost identical to his 2008 performance — and Romney with 22.9 percent support. For comparison’s sake, here is how other Republican presidential candidates have performed with Latinos over the last 30 years:
- John McCain: 31 percent in 2008.
- George W. Bush: 44 percent in 2004, 35 percent in 2000.
- Bob Dole: 21 percent in 1996.
- George H.W. Bush: 25 percent in 1992, 30 percent in 1988.
- Ronald Reagan: 34 percent in 1984, 37 percent in 1980.
According to the most recent poll of Latino voters — from NBC News, the Wall Street Journal and Telemundo — if the election were held today, Romney would take 23 percent of the Latino vote, the smallest total for any Republican candidate since Dole.