Mitt Romney needs to come back to Earth.
The Hill reported this week that the Romney campaign has set its target percentage of Latino voters at 38, hoping to beat the 31 percent Sen. John McCain won in 2008.
Does Mitt Romney truly believe he’s doing a better job of connecting with Latinos than McCain did in ’08? Does he think his campaign is only slightly worse off with the Latino vote than Dubyah’s was back in 2004, when the former president won 40 percent of the Latino vote?
Lest we forget, both George II and McCain were prominent supporters of comprehensive immigration reform.
In virtually every poll conducted in the last nine months, the president has led Romney in Latino approval by a strong margin, at times doubling that of his Republican opponent. To say the former governor of Massachusetts faces an uphill battle between now and November would be a gross underestimate; he faces a sheer cliff face.
From Huff Post Latino Voices:
“A non-partisan coalition of Latino groups laid out a platform Wednesday it says parties and politicians should adopt to win over the growing voter group.
For Republicans, that will be tough. The agenda includes support for comprehensive immigration reform, the Affordable Care Act and easier access to government services for Spanish-language speakers, along with opposition to voter ID laws — all views that deviate sharply from the current GOP policy plan.
‘We’re non-partisan, but the extremism the Republican Party is reaching, on a number of issues but particularly on immigration, [is] totally unacceptable,’ said Hector Sanchez, chairman of the coalition and executive director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement. ‘We’re here as an aggressive coalition to say enough is enough.’ “
According to the latest NBC News-Wall Street Journal-Telemundo poll, the president leads Mitt in Latino approval 63 percent to 28 percent. Simply put, the GOP — along with their Wonder Bread candidate — is up the Rio Grande without a paddle when it comes to the Latino vote.
Latinos may not be a monolith, but the Romney campaign will be hard-pressed to muster 38 percent of Latino voters who don’t support immigration reform, the ACA and Spanish-language services — much less are willing to vote for a party that seems, at the very least, unconcerned with the issues facing the average Latino voter.