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Obama: If I win, it’ll be because of Latinos

I really didn’t want to post another Obama blurb today, but I had to say something about the news out of Iowa.

After the Obama campaign initially insisted that an interview the president had with the Des Moines Register on Tuesday be kept off the record, the news media spent most of Wednesday morning calling the move a mistake that would make the president seem secretive.

But in a surprising twist, the campaign allowed the Iowa newspaper to release the transcript on Wednesday. In it Obama told the newspaper that, should he win in November, it’ll be due to Latino voters.

“The second thing I’m confident we’ll get done next year is immigration reform. And since this is off the record, I will just be very blunt,” Obama said. “Should I win a second term, a big reason I will win a second term is because the Republican nominee and the Republican Party have so alienated the fastest-growing demographic group in the country, the Latino community. And this is a relatively new phenomenon.”

The Romney campaign fired back by pointing out that Obama failed to pass immigration reform in his first term, so there’s no reason to expect that he’ll succeed a second time around.

“It’s a fascinating glimpse into how President Obama has taken the Hispanic community for granted for the past four years,” spokesman Alberto Martinez said.

But there is reason to believe that Obama will have a much better shot at passing comprehensive reform in his second term than he did in his first, and it all boils down to what occurs on November 6. If Romney loses to a president dealing with a lagging economy and high unemployment, it’ll be because he failed to attract enough Latinos and independents, much of whom support efforts like the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform in general.

If the Republicans lose, they’ll be forced to spend the next years doing something worthy of Latino votes in 2014 and, most important for the party, in 2016. Passing comprehensive immigration reform — which used to be a bipartisan goal — would be the best way to show Latino and independent voters that the Republican Party is moving back toward the center on issues like immigration.

“I want to get it done,” the president said, “because it’s the right thing to do and I’ve cared about this ever since I ran back in 2008.”

One thing’s for sure: Obama’s off-the-record comments are much better than his opponent’s.

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. Lydia Rivera says:

    Obama all the way we love you Mr president we know when you win again you will turn this economy around because hopefully those republicans that talked where are the jobs and they been there for 2 years I can say to them where are the jobs

  2. TeeHee!

  3. My president is awesome and me being a proud Latina woman will be voting for Mr Obama again because I know he will have my back so I will have his back also go Mr president another term yay

  4. “I will get comprehensive immigration reform done in my first year in office” Obama while campaigning in 08′.
    HE LIED! He never wrote a piece of legislation, never filed for anything, never presented anything.And we’re supposed to believe him now? No Thanks!As the old saying goes…..”fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me”.

  5. Carlos says:

    Mario stop trolling and for god sake stop talking about foreign policy like you know anything about it. If your going to criticize our president do so in intelligent manner that uses facts instead of some half ass rehash of things you heard on Fox News.

  6. Latinos are doing it for him but he isnt doing enough for Latinos

  7. I didn’t care for his off the record comments to Russia that were caught on tape

  8. And I’ll throw in a puppy

  9. Its amazing to see how blindly, ignorant misinformed, disoriented, delusional, ideologically drugged people like those that support Obama seem and have the same symptoms of the victims of battered wife syndrome – they cant face the reality of their co dependant life

  10. @ Walter, it’s the mob mentality. I understand why some are doing it because they don’t like Romney, but 90% of them are just following along because they think it makes them look “cool”.

  11. Doesn’t matter.. the voters he hoping to hoodwink will be watching novelas, futbol, beisbol y telemundo on election night…

  12. Gee Guys!(velazquez & RiosJr) It seemed as you came here with the original Pilgrims.

  13. JUANA _triste en Alabama says:

    I know many Latinos who won’t vote for him, particularly the ones with a job or a degree and intentions to progress in life thanks to their own . The ones that could be voting his are the illegals who he let cross the border in order to vote, or those Latinos who are happy to be economically supported by US even though they are illegals or never gave their fare share to any pension or anything else. So, again people is right to say that Latinos are lazy people who expect to be supported by US taxpayers. SHAME ON YOU!! You are the ones responsible that we are fingered out because of our heritage.. And the ones who really progress and don’t let a paternalistic president do what Obama is doing with you are the ones who lose. But even though that as a good Latina I have my pride.. Seems “my compadres” have lost it along the way. SHAME ON YOU LATINOS!! Ypu have no pride.

  14. JUANA _triste en Alabama says:

    Seems they deleted my messages..

  15. JUANA _triste en Alabama says:

    PUAJ if Obama needs a traitor to win it shows who Obama also is: another traitor.

  16. JUANA _triste en Alabama says:

    Alamo what is the problem of killing enemies? So, do you want to kill your friends? WEIRD

  17. JUANA _triste en Alabama says:

    Alamo: how do you got that computer? I think that you have to deserve one to have it, and by the way you write you don’t

  18. Ah Ruth there you go again like the rest of Latinos that dont like what is said calling all others sell outs, coconuts or wanna be white folk …………..you or your parents or your parents parents on the other hand came here to make a better life, right? to be american right? or was it to bring along your hispanic heritage and fully foment it here vigorously? and not melt into this nations pot?

  19. And what does it mean to “be American,” Walter? Please, enlighten us. Should we bleach our skin and drop the Spanish along with our empanadas? Should we stop moving our hips so much when we dance? Should we change our name from Campos to Fields?

    I always thought people came to America to be themselves, to take ownership of their individuality. But maybe I just read that somewhere and was foolish enough to believe it.

  20. Exactly, always seems to amaze me at how our own raza does all it can to put us down. Why? Porque? We need unity not division. IF we are ever going to be able to have a better life for ourselves and our children we must unite. Self hatred will get us no where. Pride is a must for survival but that does not give raza the right to preach Anglo American ideals to us so that he can look down at us. Senor Campos, embrace that who you are, for without it you are nothing.

  21. I just look at those people that will vote for Obama as basically traitors – Latinos included. The new Benedict Arnolds willing to vote for a man that will betray us to Russia, China, Middle East terrorists, illegal invaders all for a few measly trinkets of entitlements! Obama’s job was to transform America and to eventually destroy it or bring us down to the level of a dysfunctional European welfare state. Latino Obama voters are the biggest back stabbers and VENDIDOS!

  22. And Obama is kissing ass and you guys are so gullible that you believe his BS. I don’t want a president that wants to hang with his home slices the Lateeenos, I want a business man that will turn the economy around, stick with our allies, kill our enemies. The job of the president is not one of a social worker and its not only about YOU Lateeenos! Stop being so narcissistic! Remember, this nation is not only comprised of Lateeeenos, and the American people will rightfully so remember those special interest groups that put their concerns over the rest of the nation’s!

  23. Obama hasn’t turned the economy around? He hasn’t stuck with our allies and killed our enemies?

  24. Look at the stock market. Look at housing. Look at the number of jobs created every month.

    Those were all plunging when he took office.

  25. Obama haters are like people who, after a wing falls off and the pilot pulls the plane out of a nosedive, say, “Why aren’t we in Cancun yet!”

  26. Yeah let us continue killing our enemies..Vietnan war 55,000 (aproximatetly over 4000 Puerto Ricans} americans killed and now we are promoting travel to that country.. yes let kill our enemies. war is great. we have bases in aproximatetly 200 countries and if the GOP nomine wins the presidency, the war drums will start once again

  27. Right, Ray? These people talk about fixing the economy and bombing something in the same breath.

  28. @Ruth, because I do my research on both candidates and don’t follow blindly I’m a sell-out? So, I’m just supposed to vote for him why? Because he’s a democrat? or because he isn’t white? Yeah, that makes sense. That kind of logic makes no more sense than voting for Romney just because he’s republican or white.

  29. There is hope guys. Colin Powell just endorsed Obama and his reasons are very eloquently stated. http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50133837n

  30. If this was such a concern, then why did he not want It publicized? Why was there never a mention if this so called immigration reform talked about during the debates? Why is the unemployment rate for Hispanics at 11& as oppose to whites which are at 6%…as many years as the Democratic has had the Black and Latino vote what have they done to out people besides pander to our votes with empty promises and the Welfare machine that the Democratic Party absolutely loves. One thing I gave learned with our people is more often than not, we always stick with the status quo….especially in politics…it amazes me that you would vote for a man who has put our country in an insurmountable debt and has apologized to our enemies over and over again…

  31. This really is just about numbers. I read a CNN article that says that Obama has 40% of the White vote and Blacks and Latinos are his strong supporters. Clearly some people here don’t fall in that category. Jose, I don’t appreciate your statements about Democrats and welfare. You may know some people like that. You have mentioned that you are a cop on previous posts (if I’m recalling correctly). I’m sure you don’t deal with the cream of the crop daily but generalizing that is just wrong. My reasons for siding with Democrats have nothing to do with welfare.

  32. Hhahahahahahahha, did someone say Obama has sided with our allies and killed our enemies!? Sorry, I think I just fell off my chair. Good one.

  33. ElJefe says:

    Really it will be Puerto Ricans, Mexicans and Central Americans who will try to cancel out the votes of the Cubans in Florida race. I think after the election we will find out if Puerto Ricans, Mexicans and Central Americans were able to negate the Cuban vote for Mitt Romney.

    I heard Marco Rubio polls low because most Hispanics do not like him. He voted against Puerto Rican Supreme court Justice Sonia Sotomayor
    which was a big accomplishment for a Puerto Rican person & its people. It also maybe some Cuban jealous and envy that another Caribbean Island had the first Supreme court Justice and this is why he voted against her.

    Also he has Disdain for the Mexican community and Central Americans because he voted against the Dream act as well. He is part of the Tea Party who used a lot of Rhetoric and supported racist laws against the Mexicans and Central American communities who children came her undocumented.

    I heard he had a lot of disdain for these people. Puerto Ricans, Mexicans and Central Americans are starting to look at Cubans like their enemies. They realize that the reason that Democrats lose in Florida is because of the Cubans who support Republican policies that have attacked other Hispanic Latinos.

    Rubio and Ted Cruz are hard line Tea Party supporters and have really alienated these other communities so much that lost the respect of these other Hispanics. It is pretty bad. They are viewed as traitors.

  34. ElJefe says:

    Oh forgot to mention copied those comments in Latina on the comment board and I agree with the assessment that was given. It was so good I had to Re-Post the comments.

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