Romney camp makes pitch for Hispanic vote

April 21, 2012

By Seth McLaughlin-The Washington Times

Mitt Romney’s campaign said Friday that the nation’s Hispanics are worse off today than they were before President Obama took office — as the former Massachusetts governor tries to improve his image with what it shaping up as a key electoral voting bloc.

Pointing to data from the U.S. Census and Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Romney camp claims that Hispanics now make up almost 20 percent of nation’s unemployed — after almost 300,000 dropped out of the workforce.

Hispanics also account for nearly 30 percent of those living in poverty and have seen their median incomes drop.

“The Obama administration has brought hard times to Hispanics in America. Under President Obama, more Hispanics have struggled to find work than at any other time on record,” the Romney campaign said.

The Obama camp responded by saying that Mr. Romney “is not telling the truth” about Mr. Obama’s record.

“President Obama is fighting for an economy built to last, to create jobs and grow the middle class, and reward hard work and responsibility, and we are seeing results,” said Gabriela Domenzain, Obama campaign spokesperson. “Under the president’s leadership, we’ve seen 25 straight months of private-sector job growth, two million Hispanics have been kept out of poverty, taxes on small businesses have been cut 18 times and, over the past 25 months Hispanic unemployment has declined 2.1 percent.”

Mr. Romney, she said, is on the wrong side of every Hispanic voter priority and supports the same failed economic policies that created the economic crisis.

Mr. Romney all-but-locked the nomination earlier this month after former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania dropped his presidential bid.

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