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Well President Obama making a play for the Latino vote his reelection campaign launching its first Spanish language ads in some key swing states and Latinos make up 9% of the total electorate but in the delegate rich battleground state of Florida.
They make up 35% of the vote Mitt Romney has called on the GOP to come up with an alternative to the DREAM Act for young immigrants brought to the US illegally by their parents.
Marco Rubio the Republican senator from Florida who has been talked about as a possible VP pick is working on such a plan.
So could help get Republican some important votes to -- -- now.
Bettina -- as director of the RNC's Hispanic outreach campaign a least -- and Menendez is senior editor at politics 365 dot com.
And both of them are co hosts a power play on Sirius XM satellite radio.
Good to see you both nice to speak with you.
And the Tina let me start with you because that a and that fundraising event last weekend Mitt Romney telling supporters that the way the polls look right now.
Where Latino voters are overwhelmingly going democratic that it could spell doom for the GOP these were his words do.
How does the Republican Party turn that around.
And even Mitt Romney saying a little all the -- -- even us here they're holding in NASA committee -- the Hispanic voters.
Are very important swing vote in this upcoming election and that's why we have to RNC have -- A national Hispanic outreach program and -- names sixty directors and -- battleground states.
To make sure that we're in -- Hispanic voters all across the country.
A -- -- I realize and asking a liberal this question but do you agree with the governor's assessment that this is.
This is really a doomsday scenario for Republicans.
The the governor definitely is on point and he's also the one who has created this problem all during the primary.
He tacked to the right on immigration saying that he would veto the DREAM Act.
Saying that he wanted to immigrants to self deport also -- other things like he would have not voted for the nomination.
A Sonia Sotomayor the first -- it's being named to the Supreme Court so first -- music knowledge all of that any needs to Begin to distance himself from people like Chris -- back.
-- attacked an -- 1070 and other anti immigrant legislation he calls him a supporter called back calls himself an advisor.
And then Romney and the GOP need to find a positive message that they -- -- us and not third point maybe the hardest at all.
-- what about that I mean I know that that the governor and a lot of other people have talked about Latino voting -- -- the Latino community is not being a single issue.
Voting bloc that immigration is not going to be the sole reason that they go to the polls -- this whole thing that they think about when they vote but how -- they get beyond.
Some of those issues regarding immigration.
Sonia Sotomayor in some of those other things that we just heard about from police here.
Well the immigration the -- issued something we're talking about -- we want to have a real discussion there's lots of candidates and officials are talking about solutions that immigration.
But we want talk about this president has done nothing on immigration he promised they would pass immigration reform.
This first year even with control of congress he did nothing three years later we're still waiting.
But you're right it's not single issue voters the number one issue though is the economy and jobs.
And we're going to be talking about has Obama has failed.
The Hispanic community in this entire country Hispanic unemployment is high his then record number -- if you speak -- -- living in poverty.
And -- it very interesting -- of all of Obama's ads that he just released none of them talked about the economy is because this president has no economic record to talk about.
At least he in his -- at the go ahead -- -- -- talks about children living in poverty and yet it's the GOP.
That right now is offering budgetary -- that would cut spending.
First snap which we all know as food stamps Hispanics disproportionately.
Covered under -- so.
We have Republicans potentially thrusting those Hispanics who are living in poverty.
Into a situation where they will be put off the food rolls.
And while I'm down to 2000 dollars and and a real quick response please we're about out of time a lot of Hispanics would have to have those programs of they had more jobs it for this president.
Had provided more dollars and and then that economic recover that he promised.
That would be a problem but and so many us banks don't have jobs so many Americans don't have jobs.
And this and it has been Republicans now they won't have food on top and ladies we have to leave it there -- incline release C a Menendez you can hear the months.
Serious -- -- show is called power play what to have you back again real soon.
Thinking if you and that sort of that yet they are great.