How important is the Latino vote in 2012 race?
Florida Senator Marco Rubio weighs in
- Duration 5:55
- Date Oct 3, 2012
Florida Senator Marco Rubio weighs in
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We are back in Denver was less than seven hours to the big debate and a check of our archives.
Shows that no presidential candidate since the seventies has won the White House without winning at least 30% of the Hispanic vote.
In a brand new Wall Street Journal poll just released today President Obama has a big lead over rival Mitt Romney among likely Latino voters take a look at the number 71% to 21%.
So how can governor Ronnie turned that around in less than five weeks to the Election Day.
Joining me now Republican senator Marco Rubio of the great state of Florida senator Greeks see you great to be hearing so much for being here -- what do you make of it.
How people that are you know I want percent of Latino support level that's a bit forgotten -- polls -- polls.
But -- mean look let's begin with the realization that there are a lot of Liberal Democrats who happen to be Latina has -- they're not gonna vote for met -- no matter what civil we're talking about here are.
Latino Hispanic voters who are not committed to either party who were looking for the best candidate and a lot of them are lit living in swing states like Florida like Colorado.
And for those folks have any issues that they care about the most of the issues all of America cares about the fact that our middle class is under assault.
According to Joseph Biden said the middle class has been very the last four years he's absolutely right.
He should now he's been the last four you're gonna suck but that it and vice president made some news today and also the -- all the statistics tell us the in the entrepreneurial spirit of the Hispanic community is very real Hispanic community is very entrepreneurial.
These things are really being hurt by the big government policies of this president.
Then why don't we make those numbers and not just that Paul but you know Ronnie has not enough and doing a reality and came -- -- but if some of that -- taking into account folks -- -- voted for the democratic party for thirty years lemon live in New York or California.
They're deeply invested the Democratic Party that's how they vote him in what we need to really is to look at those voters.
Who happen to be Hispanic but are also swing voters who are open minded about who they're gonna vote for.
That's a growing number of voters in key states like Florida I can assure you -- 7030 is not the number among Hispanic voters in Florida.
I'm an -- it's a much closer race let's talk I got a very good chance to win.
Let's have a Florida because the latest poll out of Florida -- NBC Wall Street Journal poll and deduct on October 1 shows Obama up one point.
In your state one point I -- he needs governor running needs to win Florida.
Why do you think he's not higher.
It the governor yet wide -- doing even better than that what looked.
That's going to be a close race until -- -- report as always very close remember 2000 I think people remembered 2000 remember even in 2008 with all the advantages Barack Obama had built -- He only won by temple full a handful of votes a handful of points.
In 2008 I think every election from now on it's going to be very close in these states.
Because of the nature of American politics these days and how it's broken out demographically and people's political preferences.
And we expect Ford to be very close to look very very end I will tell you this people I've known Barack Obama now for four years this is -- state that he won.
Think the fundamental question is why -- he leading by more.
And he's not because his promises -- failed America because the middle class.
Has been buried over the last four years and are hurting and people know we can do so much better than this.
You mentioned the vice president's comments today I think we've got those.
Cued up a bit -- his comments about the middle class and its struggles over the past not eight years but the past four years to take a listen.
This is deadly -- man this is deadly earnest and how they can justify.
How they can justify.
Raise -- taxes on the middle class has been buried.
The last four years.
-- and -- and he can they justify.
I agree how can he justify raising taxes on the middle class -- -- Barack Obama is offering to do here's the evidence of that.
If you raise taxes 100%.
On the richest people in America that does not generate nearly enough money to pay for all the promises the Barack Obama has made in his budgets.
Plus the sixteen -- we don't we -- not to mention the sixty trillion so where is that money gonna come from.
If you tax the rich -- a 100% and it doesn't generate enough money where you gonna get the money to pay fraud back up in the middle class.
This seems to be feeling emerging among some in the country that that your party is not for the middle class and that.
Barack Obama's party it's and I think it is the vice president's talking about he would blame the -- the middle class being buried on the house Republicans because that's what they've been saying.
So how does Mitt Romney surpassed -- and I mean he -- saying all along but I'll create jobs I'll be somebody who you know believes in and well for everybody.
But they don't -- -- neck as we look at -- some middle class voters -- -- when you look at the overall electorate.
They seem to be saying Barack Obama's policies are better for.
Well let us know where in the world does that does the government ever help the middle class there's no country on this planet that has ever grown its middle class because of more government would grows the middle class as a vibrant private sector where people go out and open new businesses were existing businesses expand.
Because they have confidence that the tax rate is predictable and affordable.
Because regulations make it cost effective and incentivize them to invest in America.
-- in this country because energy costs are low enough so that you can build things here in America.
That's the reality that's the only way that you're gonna grow this middle class.
And the big government policies of Barack Obama isn't trying to impose on America has -- those things it's very the middle class -- a look.
The people who have made it the big corporations to billionaires millionaires they can afford to deal with the government they may not like it but they can hire lawyers accountants -- -- got into the stuff.
The middle class cannot the small business owner cannot afford to deal of all of that so they go out of business so they go on employed that's -- the middle class has been very last question.
Your expectation for tonight I think that we're gonna begin to see the very clear choice that America has between two very different futures.
Four more years of Barack Obama will be higher taxes for the middle class stagnant economic growth.
And America's weakness around the world.
Mitt Romney promises to restore America back to its strength around the world -- have a vibrant growing economy not one that's going at one point 3% when that's going at 3456%.
At a reduction in unemployment because of that and a stronger more permanent middle class that would upward mobility for all.
Senator Marco -- great great Katyusha thank you first time -- -- we we appreciate how do it again of that.