Skip to comments.Obama to address Latino leaders a day after Romney
Posted on 06/22/2012 7:38:50 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
(AP) President Barack Obama is basking in the aftermath of his breakthrough directive on illegal immigration and pressing his jobs agenda before a meeting of Hispanic leaders, one day after they gave a cool reception to GOP presidential challenger Mitt Romney and his newly softened stance on immigration.
The president was to speak to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials on Friday near Orlando, his first speech to a Hispanic group since he decreed that many young illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children would be exempted from deportation and granted work permits valid for two years.
In addressing the Hispanic conference Friday, Obama is returning to a forum where four years ago he declared that he would push to bring 12 million illegal immigrants "out of the shadows by requiring them to take steps to become legal citizens."
"That is a priority I will pursue from my very first day," he said then.
Obama took on the economy and health care instead and, short of a consensus in Congress, immigration lost precedence.
Romney also told the Latino officials that he would do away with Obama's signature health care law. Often a huge applause line with his audiences, his declaration prompted just a few to clap and one person in the audience booed.
Obama's campaign, which doesn't draw much attention to the health care law on the campaign trail, has made it a top issue in Spanish-language ads, targeting an audience that is among the most uninsured in the country.
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Then Romney should quickly get to addressing Catholic and evangelical audiences, promising to respect their religious freedoms and values. That should be a theme of his in the Southwest, where there are a great number of Hispanic Catholics and protestants.
Maybe he’ll explain to them why hundreds of expendible Latinos were used as cannon fodder in Operation Fast&Furious....or maybe not.
He ought to have radiation burns. Congress, including when his own Democrats controlled both Houses, specifically failed to authorize this kind of action time and time again.