Latino Voters in Florida
Breaking down the Latino vote in Florida
- Duration 4:07
- Date Jan 24, 2012
Breaking down the Latino vote in Florida
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-- -- -- -- Who as you well know is off -- he's Latino contributor and managing partner of excel alliance great to have you Lily they can I think -- more than a few eyebrows were raised last night during the debate.
When that we turn to the question of immigration.
Obviously an important issue in in Florida -- -- in many other states and Mitt Romney raised this idea all self.
I don't even said he likes of him to stop trip.
People -- but what -- was your reaction when you heard that -- what do you think he meant.
I was puzzled.
I was puzzle in trying to understand -- and you just does this -- with his self deportation means so all us and we're gonna choose willingly to graciously go back and get back in line.
This so called line he -- mentioning of the processes and this legalization process that people -- follow when the problem is that.
There is no line and then there -- -- line options for even.
And qualifying forgetting its alignment so limited so -- you base -- It was that these people will just say okay yeah I'll go back over there and I'll get back in line and wait patiently.
Right right I'm to play a lot of holes devil's advocate here so.
He was suggesting that in the process was fixed with.
That eventually people are gonna run out of options and not have.
I'll wait to get a job in the United States and therefore give up and go back.
I mean really we're really that's but that's far from reality -- the -- so.
Not that it's the only issue obviously.
That Latinos care about -- in Florida weather Latino vote is so -- That was probably not Mitt Romney's best moment on that states are.
Only -- and you know let the using Florida are so much different from -- -- in the rest of the United States what's the most of them are Cuban I'm Puerto Rican.
22% of the population of Florida is not being a so it is a significant number.
They tend to be somewhere in the middle you know most of them are Democrats but not by far he and -- and that and that last election we had and I have my numbers right here.
For up President Obama won by 57%.
To 7% -- that's not that's that's still very close you know vs -- 42% that.
McCain got so there is -- -- is one of those battles leads.
But besides immigration it sets the tone for the next states that are very -- on -- -- Nevada.
Colorado Arizona are all watching that -- -- at large are watching and I was just not so Smart.
Let's that you you'd see that that the that the immigration question.
Being an important one in all of these upcoming states.
It's certainly I think immigration itself is not the only issue I have been here before talking about that.
There's issues of health care jobs education that are important to -- However immigration sets the tone for inclusion.
When it sets the tone for that type of conversation you -- -- have with this community.
Where over ninety -- Percent of the -- -- in this country happen to be of people of Latino.
Or it didn't.
So it's going to be important almost all of us -- Filipino -- have somebody or knows somebody close to us that have been dealing with immigration -- -- -- personal.
And it is -- going back to Florida specifically about when we get to the general election given that gap between President Obama and John McCain last time around.
The -- of the Latino vote in Florida is big enough to swing Florida which is a big enough -- to swing the entire election.
It is it is and that's why all eyes are on Florida and that's -- this is so Smart.
That's what you're hearing of investments in Spanish advertising which I love that question too by the way you want to fight for English being the official language in this country yet.
They are investing heavily -- Spanish media.
And even in now and Romney's campaign you have his son speaking very impressive fluent Spanish.
In the spot that he has bearing down there so it is important because as I said it says that cylinders one point eight of registered Latino voters.
In the state of Florida and you're right it's big enough that it can mark that big difference that will bits into the White House tomorrow.