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Getting the largest share of this country's more than 21 million eligible Hispanic voters.
Has been the focus of the presidential campaign the past two days Thursday Mitt Romney made his case to Latino leaders today it was president Obama's turn.
Senior White House foreign affairs correspondent Wendell Goler reports the president had a big advantage going in.
A week after suspending deportation for most young people -- in this country illegally.
President Obama basked in the cheers of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials we should.
The path the DREAM Act a long time ago.
It was written by a member of the both parties.
-- it up -- above but here.
-- The day before presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney accused mr.
Obama of not delivering on promises he made to the group the last time he spoke to would in the 2008 campaign.
I believe he's taking your vote for granted.
I've come here today with a very simple message.
You do have an alternative.
Your vote should be respected.
And your voice is more important now than ever before.
The Obama campaign produced a web ads featuring news people trying to get Romney to -- -- roll back the deportation decisions would you believe distance.
Place and -- how do you work out.
Long term solution are we would do just that -- -- look at that we'll look at that senate history.
As we -- that Republicans meanwhile hammered mr.
Obama on the economy.
-- Latino decisions poll suggests President Obama holds shields leads over Mitt Romney among Hispanics in five battleground states.
Republicans are unlikely to reverse the leads but they do hope to reduce them may be one reason Florida senator Marco Rubio was being considered as Romney's running -- -- but -- -- immigration stance may not not tough enough for Romney.
I know we're not gonna deport round up and deport twelve million people.
I know we're not gonna grant amnesty to twelve million people.
And somewhere between those two.
Is the solution.
In fact rubio version of the DREAM Act served as a model for mr.
Obama's deportation order though neither contains a path to citizenship.
Which is why on this day the president said the deportation freeze is not a solution.
It's precisely because it's temporary.
Congress still needs to come up -- -- long term immigration solution rather than.
Argue that we did this the wrong way.
-- for the wrong reasons.
Obama's version of the DREAM Act does contain a path to citizenship and Mitt Romney is said he would veto it if congress passes it.
And on that the president said Hispanics should take Romney at his word.
-- on the ball a lot in the north lawn Wendell thank you.
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