Romney Doesn’t Support DREAM Act, But That’s Not What His Spanish Ad Says

Mitt Romney is pulling out all the stops for the Latino vote.

By Jorge Rivas Jan 11, 2012

On Wednesday, Mitt Romney’s campaign launched a new Spanish-language television ad in Florida, three weeks before the primary on January 31.

And get this. It features his son, who speaks Spanish with no accent! Really, did Craig Romney studiy abroad somewhere? The man’s Spanish comes across pretty authentic. (He may also have practiced his Spanish with his Mexican uncles.)

Romney senior on the other hand, must’ve had a few takes before he could say "soy Mitt Romney y yo apruebo este mensaje."

"The United States represents liberty, opportunity, where anything is possible. I am Craig Romney. My father, Mitt Romney believes in those American values because he has lived them and will fight to restore the greatness of our nation," Romney’s son says in the ad.

Romney’s Spanish language ad that will be aired in Florida features three Cuban-American political leaders; Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Mario Diaz Balart (R-Fla.), as well as former Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) Romney’s son Craig, who is fluent in Spanish, provides the main voice over.

But again, Romney is going to have to do something about that DREAM veto he’s promised if he wants Latinos outside of Florida.

Lastly there’s some shady illusions in the commercial. At the :03 second mark in the video he flashes images of what looks like a Latina girl graduating, and I can’t help but point out this may be an attempt from the Romney campaign to mislead Latino voters in to thinking Romney supports the DREAM Act.

Throughout 2011, about 85% of Latino voters supported the DREAM Act. Could it just be a coincidence that the ad shows images of graduating Latinos in the first 3 seconds? Probably not.