Obama says Republicans are driving Latino votes his way

WASHINGTON Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:56am EST

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference at the end of the G20 Summit in Cannes November 4, 2011.   REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference at the end of the G20 Summit in Cannes November 4, 2011.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama believes harsh immigration stances of Republicans will drive Latino votes toward him in next year's election.

Speaking with Hispanic reporters at the White House on Wednesday, Democrat Obama said simply replaying the remarks about immigration made by the Republican presidential candidates would help him secure the backing of Latino voters.

"We may just run clips of the Republican debates verbatim," he told the reporters, according to a report from Spanish language broadcaster Univision.

"We won't even comment on them, we'll just run those in a loop on Univision and Telemundo, and people can make up their own minds," he said. Telemundo is another popular Spanish language broadcaster.

Obama's 2008 White House victory was helped by heavy Latino support, but some in the Hispanic community have since become disillusioned over the president's failure to deliver on campaign promises on immigration reform.

However, hard-line positions taken by Republicans on illegal immigration and border control may help Obama win them back in vital swing states with high Hispanic populations like Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico that he hopes to hold in 2012.

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann says she would build a fence on the border and enforce English as the official language of the U.S. government. Mitt Romney and Herman Cain, currently front-runners to win the Republican nomination to face Obama next year, also favor building a fence.

Texas Governor Rick Perry does not favor a fence, but has talked instead about using predator drones to police the 1,300 mile border.

"That's not to say the Latino community is going to think my administration is perfect. But I think they know where my heart is and they know the kind of America that I want to see for all of our children," Obama told the reporters.

(Editing by Vicki Allen)

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mkolken wrote:
What about this President’s harsh immigration stances?

In addition to the 46,000 mothers and fathers of U.S. Citizen children that have been deported by this President in the last six months the ACLU has recently filed a lawsuit claiming 200 reports of sexual abuse of immigrant detainees in immigratio­n detention. This report comes almost exactly two years to the day that the Obama administra­tion announced their “ambitious plan to repair the immigratio­n detention system.” Another broken promise.

Add this to a disproport­ionately higher rate of deportatio­ns of Hispanics, coupled with systemic racial profiling of Hispanics through Secure Communitie­s, and you are looking at the worst record in history when it comes to immigrant rights.

It is time for immigratio­n reform activists to back a third party Presidenti­al candidate to send a message to Washington­: No reform, no vote.

Rewarding President Obama with our vote sends the wrong message to Washington­. That message is that the Hispanic/r­eform vote can be taken for granted, and our issues ignored. This message yields the end result of a knife in the back in the voting booth.


Nov 11, 2011 9:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
joelwisch2 wrote:
Obama said Repubs were driving Latino Votes his way?

Mercy.. Obama doesn’t know the difference between an illegal aliens and a citizen. THAT’s the trouble all this time. He doesn’t know the difference. Umm… or maybe he is playing the ethnic card?

Nov 11, 2011 11:32am EST  --  Report as abuse
Randy549 wrote:
At least Obama’s made his position clear: Pander for the votes of Hispanics by letting more illegal aliens into the country.

So it’s come to that.

Nov 11, 2011 1:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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