Obama 2012 - The Latino Vote
President Obama officially announced he is running for re-election this past week. The Republicans are frothing at the mouth to beat him. One problem however, he really has a great chance at winning re-election.
The Latino vote will be a huge factor in who wins. The Republicans realize that they need this valuable constituency if they want to take back the white house. One problem, all polls show that Latinos heavily favor Barack Obama. Of course, this isn’t guaranteed. The Dream Act’s failure is where everyone missed the boat including the democrats. President Obama should have been a more vocal supporter of the Dream Act. Republicans were down right hostile towards this legislation. This would have allowed the children of undocumented immigrants to attend college in the U.S. We missed a great opportunity.
Republicans have been very hostile and hateful towards Latinos and they know it! The Republicans are very concerned about losing the Latino vote. They are concerned to the point that they are seriously considering a Latino as a vice presidential candidate to run with the eventual Republican candidate - Talk about pandering! It’s insulting that Republicans don’t think the Latino electorate will see through this desperate political ruse. President Obama is enjoying a 70% approval rating in the Latino community.
If you consider the hostile anti-immigrant rhetoric that the Republicans have been spewing over the last few years, it’s obvious they are clueless in the damage they have done with Latinos. I could on ad nauseam with the anti-immigrant (which is perceived as anti-Latino) rhetoric. The governor in Arizona is a case in point. Those on the right in other states are calling for an Arizona type immigration bill. This doesn’t bode well for the GOP in the 2012 election.Continued on the next page