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It’s too late to win Latino voters, Governor [Video]

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Former Massachusetts governor and current bumbling presidential hopeful Mitt Romney delivered remarks to a group of Latino business leaders, in which he attacked President Obama for the high unemployment rate among Latinos and Congress’s failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

“Candidate Obama said that one of his highest priorities would be to fix immigration in his first year in office,” Romney said at the 33rd Annual U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce national convention in Los Angeles. “Despite his party having majorities in both houses of Congress, the President never even offered up a bill. Like so many issues confronting our nation, when it comes to immigration, politics has been put ahead of people for too long.”

Impressive words, but one thing makes Mitt sound disingenuous when he speaks about the humanity of immigrants: history — specifically, the governor’s own recent history.

Everyone with a TV or internet connection remembers what Romney was saying about immigrants during the Republican primaries. We know how he doesn’t support any pathway to citizenship for DREAMers and how he’d like to see all of the over 12 million undocumented immigrants living in this country just pick up and leave.

Who’s the one putting politics before people, Governor?

Lately, Romney, seeming more Amish than Mormon, has been caught on camera committing gaffe after unsettling gaffe, as if he’s unaware cameras and audio recording even exist.

A secret video recently surfaced showing Mitt talking to a room of major donors. In it the governor says that 47 percent of people “will vote for the president no matter what” because they’re “dependent on government” and believe they’re entitled to things like “health care,” “food” and “housing.”

 

 

Later in the video, Romney quips that it would be much easier for him to win the election had his dad’s parents been Mexicans instead of only being Americans living in Mexico.

“But he was unfortunately born to Americans living in Mexico,” Romney says in the video. “And I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino.”

For the most part, it’s a harmless video showing the real Romney most people know exists beneath the awkward, steely smile and well-pressed suits. Yet, “the Latino remark” highlights the fact that Romney views politics as a game for him to be won or lost, a criticism hurled at him by people who know him best. Romney thinks it would be easier for him to win if he were Latino, but he doesn’t think it’s necessary to change his message concerning Latinos. He seems to think Latinos will vote for one of their own even if the person’s policies antagonize the Latino community (See: Martinez, Rubio, etc.).

As the president’s popularity begins to further pull ahead of Romney’s, and pundits on all side highlight the unlikeness that a presidential candidate can win the White House with a base comprised almost entirely of white middle-aged men, we can see the beads of sweat forming at Romney’s brow. He’s hoping there’s enough Latino voters wandering the woods so he can lead them away from the Obama camp — and he’s clearly given up on courting black voters, 94 percent of whom support the president.

At the end of the day, he wants to win the election and doesn’t much care for how he accomplishes that. He looks to buy and lie his way into the president’s chair, and the shame will rest on the American people if it’s allowed to happen.

 

About Hector Luis Alamo, Jr.

Hector Luis Alamo, Jr., is the associate editor at Being Latino and a native son of Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood. He received a B.A. in history at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where his concentration was on ethnic relations in the United States. While at UIC, he worked first as a staff writer for the Chicago Flame and later became the newspaper's Opinions editor. He contributes to various Chicago-area publications, most notably, the RedEye and Gozamos. He's also a cultural critic for 'LLERO magazine. He has maintained a personal blog since 2007, YoungObservers.blogspot.com, where he discusses topics ranging from political history and philosophy to culture and music.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.

Comments

  1. FTP!!!

  2. Is anyone surprised that Mitt’s campaign is slowly but surely falling apart? My question is how is that possible with the enormous amount of money he has??? One quick look at the video in this article gives you a pretty fair perspective of what he actually believes http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/09/secret-video-romney-private-fundraiser

  3. That vato is loca..hispanic are ruling this country with an iron fist…

  4. And yesterday he was saying that the USA was ‘our’ home and that we belonged here. Ironic, because this was the dude that said we should ‘self-depot.’ I get it, though. Vote for Romney AND then self-deport yourself.

  5. Hispanics should not be ruling this nation with an iron fist. Why should anyone reward someone who is here illegally and breaks the laws when there are millions of legal and resident citizens who where born here and who immigrated here LEGALLY that are going through hard times themselves? Legal citizens and legal immigrants should not give up their rights or succumb to the growing tide of those who break the laws. Dreamers have many opportunities for success – in their countries – not here.

  6. Oh but wait, didn’t he say his father was born in Mexico!!!! So did his father come to the states undocumented? Hijo p**a

  7. Romney is actually correct in what he said. We live in an entitlement mentality culture of people that just want to take, take, take – I see it everyday in NYC.

  8. It’s not only about YOU, Latinos. The nation doesn’t just exist for you.

  9. Mario…you’re a sell out!!! Imao! People like you are a disgrace to our Hispanic community! Smh….

  10. Tell me Mario do you know how many thousands of mixed household families are being torn apart. Where not just the children are citizens? I don’t mind there being repercussions but destroying families for years over an imaginary border is ridiculous. What happened to our rights as US Citizens to live in our country with our spouses or parents?

  11. He’s correct? In his gigantic generalization? The 47% of people he was talking about don’t just include Latinos. That included other people of various cultures and backgrounds. Of course, his supporters are too blind and stupid to see that he WAS talking about them. Romney just sees GREEN.

  12. “Take that. Take that.” – P. Diddy

  13. $5 Mario Ramirez has no idea how crappy higher opportunities are in other countries…

  14. And considering that Latinos will be the new minority majority, it will be about us real soon. Get ready for it.

  15. Pobre Mario, ni tienes la cara para decir… smh

  16. Oh my god can we say what hopeless sell out Mario is? So 47% of people are worthless? Nice one Mario. But let’s be clear people Republican/Conservative latinos WILL sell you out in a minute. It’s just in their DNA. They or their parents sold out their birth countries in a minute, so I wouldn’t be particularly surprised to hear something so utterly stupid, where he mentions nothing of the billionaires that his candidate Romney represents who while constantly talking about being the ones who made it (damn the people who actually buit their wealth) get constantly bailed out by all of us when their schemes don’t work.

  17. Yeah so come here and scam the system, take as much as you can, even if you are illegal it doesn’t matter because after all they are just gringos right? And los Gringos we hate them and they have a lot of money and we scam them anyway when they come to our countries too – so lets go live in the US, take, take, take and to hell with what the gringos say! Yay viva la raza – Latino power!

  18. Guys we should just ignore Mario. I am TIRED of reading his comments after every article. I don’t know what he’s doing in New York. He should be in Montana. He comes in here to relieve his frustrations because he’s a minority within a minority. He’s not worth our time. Let’s vote. He’s among the 30% of Latinos voting for Romney. Probably an anti-Castro Cuban who is phobic about communism. Viva los Latinos!!

  19. It’s really disgusting how we’re all Stereotyped as Illegal or Pro-Illegal…Sadly Many Latinos really do see themselves that way..It’s pretty pathetic…

  20. It’s important to understand where people like Mario are coming from, because no matter how small the minority might be, the fact that it exist tells us something about the various political sentiments felt in America today.

    The minority must never be shut out or silenced, but studied. Anyone can think the way Mario thinks politically, and so it’s important for us to understand how that happens.

  21. I agree with Mario as well. I’m sick of this page, it’s biased as hell anyways. I’m sorry to say this but most of my fellow Latinos I see posting from time to time don’t know what the hell they’re talking about.

  22. The most dangerous thing you can call a dissenter is “crazy.”

  23. Hector, give me a break. So you are all Latino sociologists out to study those citizens that don’t share your views.

  24. You don’t have to be a sociologist or have a PhD to want to understand other people. It’s part of our evolution. It’s how we’ve gotten this far, and it’s how we’ll move forward.

  25. Society boils down to one, simple question: are we at war with each other, or are we all in this together?

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