The difference between the presidential election in 2008 and the current contest is that President Barack Obama is now a known quantity and what is known is not good for the country, former U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez tells Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview.
Gutierrez, who served in the George W. Bush administration, spoke with Newsmax from the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Watch the exclusive interview here.
“In 2008 we didn’t know what Barak Obama would do,” he said. “We do now and it’s been incredibly negative for the country. Our deficit has gone up, our debt is bigger than our GDP, unemployment won’t come down, we’ve got 23 million American’s looking for work, and we have 1 of every 6 in poverty.
“Everywhere you look we have had the wrong policy. The stimulus package did nothing for the economy but it sure added to our debt. We just can’t do this for four years. I don’t think they have the ideas I just don’t think they have the experience.”
Gutierrez said that for Mitt Romney to reach out to the key demographic of Hispanic voters, a group that leans Democratic, he must do so in a way that treats them like other voters.
“He has to tell them what he tells Anglo-Americans because there is an inclination to want to group Hispanics off on their own,” he said. “You guys are over here and Anglos are over here. Hispanics want the same thing, they want a bigger home, they want to make more money, they want to send their kids to good schools, they want to buy a new car, and they’re just like any other family. Within that, he’s got to show a great deal of respect. What bother’s Hispanics is not that undocumented workers are their number one issue. It’s just that the way that some people talk about that is insulting.”
Gutierrez acknowledged that the Hispanic vote could turn the election.
“A very small number, which I do not think will happen, can be very bad,” he said. “I think we are at the lowest level now, which is like 26 or 27. We have ads coming out. What has happened is, President Obama spent more than he had before the convention. Governor Romney has more after the convention than before, so we are going to see a lot of ads.
“We are opening up offices in Florida, 47 in Florida throughout the south and the west. A lot of Hispanic advertising featuring Governor Romney’s son, Craig, who speaks perfect Spanish. Hispanics are going to know Mitt Romney for the first time, because he is being defined by ads that are not always factually true.”
On other issues, Gutierrez said:
- That as president, Mitt Romney would “pursue trade agreements that benefit America . . . Under Governor Romney as President, we will have a lot more exports and more markets opening up for our small businesses. Workers who work in the export business make more money than the national average, this is all good for our country.”
- A President Romney would get “tough on China and hopefully we will resolve what problems we have but he is not going to back down.”
- The biggest roadblock to economic recovery is “elected officials who are more concerned with getting reelected than fixing the country, exactly what Paul Ryan said last night. I look at Governor Romney and Paul Ryan and I see these guys are for real. They are here to do a job. They are not here to make speeches and to push the can down. They are here to confront big problems.”
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