Skip to comments.Romney and Gingrich Battle for Florida's Latino Vote [Romney 15% Advantage Over GOP Hispanics]
Posted on 01/25/2012 10:03:37 PM PST by Steelfish
Romney and Gingrich Battle for Florida's Latino Vote Though Gingrich still lags Romney in support from the bloc, he appears to be gaining ground, especially among Cuban Americans.
A Univision/ABC poll showed him with a 15-percentage-point advantage over Gingrich among likely Hispanic GOP voters.
By Alana Semuels, Paul West and Seema Mehta January 25
Mitt Romney is defending an increasingly precarious position among Florida's Latino voters, a key voting bloc whose growth and diversity has complicated efforts to unify it behind one prospective nominee in Tuesday's Republican primary.
Newt Gingrich opened the newest front against Romney on Wednesday by mocking his comment in Monday's debate that illegal immigrants will "self-deport" when they can't find jobs. Gingrich called Romney's position an "Obama-level fantasy."
"I think you have to live in worlds of Swiss bank accounts and Cayman Island accounts and an automatic $20-million-a-year income with no work to have some fantasy this far from reality," he said, speaking at a Univision presidential forum that Romney appeared at later in the day.
Romney later snipped at Gingrich for running radio ads that labeled Romney "anti-immigrant" ads that Gingrich withdrew after a scolding from Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.
"It's very sad for a candidate to resort to that kind of epithet," Romney said. "It's just inappropriate.... I am not anti-immigrant. I'm pro-immigrant. I like immigration."
Gingrich hopes his hardened positions on Cuba policy and conservative track record can pull Latino voters from Romney, who started courting that audience long before other candidates.
It's an uphill road: Romney has endorsements from three of Miami's most prominent Cuban American GOP politicians and features them in a Spanish-language television ad voiced by his son Craig. A Univision/ABC poll released Wednesday showed Romney with a 15-percentage-point advantage over Gingrich among likely Hispanic GOP voters.
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Battle. What battle?
Rubio threw the weight of the “Latino” vote behind Romney. That’s what his criticism of Newt was all about.
A reporter friend of mine tells me that some of Univision’s management is hard left (Commie).
Guess not surprising for Media.
Hence why I am now regretting voting for another establishment stooge like Rubio.
Wasn't Willard born in Mexico, making him a Mexican-American, or something like that?
Daddy was born in Mexico.
I am not surprised at all.
But I doubt he will deliver all of the Cubans. Most, at least the old ones, hate commies.
Seems to me he revealed his true colors. He should have just kept quiet about it. But it looks like he wants to be Romney’s “Palin,” a VP that has a minority appeal and that will pull the true conservatives in.
Not me. Not this time.
Eff the left and their liberal pony-boys in the GOP.
This didn’t sit well with me. I think you’ve pretty much nailed it.