Obama hopes to win Latino voters in face of GOP candidates’ immigration debateby Dee Dee Garcia Blase on Jan. 14, 2012, under Hispanic Latino Vote, Joaquin Luna DREAM Act, National tequila party movement
Key quote in The Hill story today:
“Obama’s campaign is not ignorant of this shift in focus.”
I agree with the writer of this story because I believe the Obama campaign will know exactly what to do in much the same way Karl Rove knows what to do as he spends millions of dollars in campaign ads. Rove is spending more than any other 2012 Presidential candidate targeting Hispanics in key high Hispanic populated swing states. Unfortunately for Rove though, his millions fall on deaf ears since we all know he is not addressing the issue that is near and dear to our hearts — immigration reform.
Look how Rove is outspending the others in below photo with regard to campaign and negative ads. Clearly one can presume he is giving Senate GOP Candidates and the GOP nominee political covering and he seems to be setting up the stage. Unfortunately though, the Republican Party forgot about the power of the Information Age via social networks and the internet. It’s harder to reverse your positions once you make a controversial anti-immigrant and anti-Latino statement. For instance, Mitt Romney committed political suicide when he stated he would veto the DREAM Act and when he aligned himself with Kris Kobach. Republicans can no longer insult the intelligence of the Latino community who know and understand that the ECONOMY is directly tied to the immigration issue. Immigrants have built entire neighborhoods and communities via construction jobs and now Republican lawmakers want to kick them all out without recognizing their contributions to the American Economy? We know that small businesses benefit from competitive labor and it helps their bottom line.
From The Hill:
But as Republican presidential candidates descend upon South Carolina in preparation for the state’s primary, the issue of immigration and state laws versus federal government intervention is likely to launch to the forefront of the debate, according to the Somos Republicans, the largest Latino GOP group in the country.
Obama’s campaign is not ignorant of this shift in focus.
In a recent interview with the Daily Beast, Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina, pointed to the increasingly central issue of immigration in the GOP presidential race and highlighted the importance of capturing the Latino vote in November.
“One of the defining issues of the Republican primary has been the complete race to demagogue immigrants, and there will be a price to pay politically for that kind of rhetoric,” said Messina. “The Latino vote will be absolutely crucial in this election.”
Earlier this week former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the winner of the New Hampshire primary, accepted the endorsement of Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state who helped craft the controversial state laws broadening law enforcement’s reach.
Romney is planning to hit opponents Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry on their immigration records next week, scheduling an appearance on Monday with Kobach, who said Obama’s recent proposed rule change to fast track visa applications was akin to granting amnesty to illegal immigrants.
Two weeks ago in Iowa, Romney said as president he would veto the DREAM Act if Congress passed the measure granting citizenship to illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. Obama has pushed Congress to pass the DREAM Act, which is broadly supported by Latinos throughout the country, but Republicans have thwarted his efforts.
Romney’s rejection of the DREAM Act prompted the Somos Republicans to call on their base to vote against the former New England governor at the polls. Instead, Somos Republican founder DeeDee Blase told The Hill that many of the group’s members were leaning towards Gingrich or Jon Huntsman, who are not favored in most polls but have proposed different approaches to immigration. Read full story here.