In conversation with donors in the backyard of a private home in Palm Beach GOP Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney offered a glimpse of how he thinks his party can win more Latino voters: he plans on reminding Latinos Obama didn’t get immigration reform for them like he promised.
But Romney also says he has high hopes that by November Latinos will care more about the economy than immigration. Seems contradictory, no?
Predicting that immigration would become a much larger issue in the fall campaign, Romney told his audience, “We have to get Hispanic voters to vote for our party,” warning that recent polling showing Hispanics breaking in huge percentages for President Obama “spells doom for us.”
Romney said the GOP must offer its own policies to woo Hispanics, including a “Republican DREAM Act,” referring to the legislative proposal favored by Democrats that would offer illegal immigrants a limited path to citizenship, to give Hispanic voters a real choice between parties.
Romney nonetheless predicted that, by November, the economy would trump immigration as a driving issue for Hispanic voters, and he vowed also to remind the Hispanic community that, despite promises of comprehensive immigration reform by Obama, Democrats ultimately fell short in passing legislation in their two years in control of Congress and the White House at the start of the president’s term.
An ABC News/Univision poll conducted in January found sixty-seven percent of Latino respondents say they would vote for Obama in a general election bout with Romney, who only earned 25 percent support.