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Little Latino vote in Tuesday's Florida primary could be -- what's expected to be a very close vote.
What Florida leader who is being mentioned as a high profile player in the GOP White House is congresswoman Ileana Ross -- Her name came up at this week's debate.
We have many qualified Hispanic leaders.
Which you are Hispanic leaders would you consider to serve in your cabinet that -- always -- some of the Ileana ros Lehtinen Ileana Ross -- and Mel Martinez is back in the private sector who knows who to be pulled back.
We're -- -- congresswoman -- joins us now with more on how Latino voters could make a big difference in this presidential race.
She joins us now from Florida welcome great to have you here thank you.
You know they could be here I'm so excited about this -- -- it's really tremendous -- -- -- there's a real battle under way to get those critical -- Filipino community but unlike past elections the more conservative Latinos backed the GOP.
This year according to the Pew Hispanic Center more Latinos are reportedly registered -- Democrats meaning that their vote.
Could be up for grabs how concerned are you about this trend.
That that what we have to remind -- Latino community.
Is about the lofty rhetoric and the false promises of the Obama administration he keeps making a speech after speech about immigration being such a top concern for him.
When has he really been battling for a immigration reform.
In the house never never and that he likes to put it as applause lines and I think that Latino community is up.
More that than just immigration also -- about jobs and we've been seeing.
35 straight weeks of -- depressing job numbers from this administration.
The Hispanic community cares about.
Opportunities for young people when they graduate from college where are those jobs we've seen.
No job growth we've been not have an explosive budget under the Obama administration.
That worries that Hispanic -- like it worries all voters.
I indeed -- but some local observers are saying when the comprehensive immigration reform bill failed back in 2007 that's when -- started to see the shift away.
From the Republicans.
Part parting ways with some -- feeling anti immigration sentiment in the GOP translating into an anti Latino bias do you agree with that.
Absolutely not -- first of all that's just.
Branding -- -- immigration only community wouldn't much more than immigration where.
S immigration is an important topic but it's education it's crime.
It's all of the issues especially small business growth and employment and were worried about.
Losing homes and the Obama administration has been a failure in this that's why Mitt Romney offers a solid economic program.
That's gonna put us in sound footing once again that's why he's doing so well -- the Latino voters throughout Florida.
Not just a Cuban American vote and I think that what -- -- going to do very forcefully.
Once he becomes our nominee is up put forth that contrast.
To the failed promises to the Hispanic community.
Of the Obama presidency.
And what he can deliver which is not just about immigration.
Listen when -- Obama wants to do something he puts his old forced into it when he wanted to pass the horrible stimulus plan will which led to.
-- just a terrible economic crisis he was there were lobbying the congress all the time if he says he's for immigration reform.
When has he really put the full court press.
To do that I think Hispanics know when they have a real leader who wants to do that and when it just that was playing lip service let me handed us we have -- Mitt Romney.
Economy economy and job growth that's what it's all about.
I also have one at that you're also the chair of the house foreign affairs committee and during this -- the distance debate the issue.
Of weather and the US should have a more open relationship with Cuba came up and there are real differences between the candidates.
Their response how do you think most Cuban Americans.
Feel about this issue right now you and you yourself are Cuban Americans while.
Well I'm very happy that Santorum and Romney and net and -- which.
All share the same passion for freedom and human rights and and a free elections a multi party systems and freedom for political prisoners which has been that the foundation of the US Cuba policy for for many years.
And that I think Romney has a more straightforward and direct approach but all of them are good and I know that every year in every election cycle the media says.
All but they -- young Hispanic said that this is changing.
I've been in and politics now many many years and ice and I hear this refrain about politics changing all the time.
And the reality is that any Republican candidate who wants to get the lion's share of the share of the -- Cuban American vote.
Has to be very strong on the embargo and very strong against the Castro Brothers and these candidates have shown it.
-- -- more than others but they're all there for us so we hope that that they will come out I was born there and I hope that one day that my whole native homeland will be free.
Indeed all right thank you very much congressman great to see you today thank -- all the best to you.
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