With the election less than two months away, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is having difficulty rallying support among Latino voters.
New polling numbers published today on the website LatinoDecision.com
taken from an ImpreMedia/Latino Decisions tracking poll show that Romney’s numbers among both male and female Latin voters is significantly behind President Obama. According to the poll 61 percent of Latin males plan to vote for Obama, while 32 percent favor casting their vote for Romney.
When it comes to female Latin voters the gap becomes even wider as Obama garners 73 percent of the perspective vote, while only 23 percent side with Romney. With a gap of 53 percent among Latina voters Romney and his presidential campaign clearly have their work cut out for them in gaining the trust and vote amongst woman in the Hispanic community.
This clear gap in polling favorability is a concern for Romney, especially as he is courting Hispanic voters in Los Angeles. According to FoxNews.com Romney is speaking at the 33rd Annual Convention of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in hopes of “distinguishing himself as the better candidate on economy and immigration”.
In excerpts of his speech to be delivered Monday afternoon Romney “blames President Barack Obama for the 10 percent unemployment rate among Hispanics, higher than the national average of 8 percent.” Romney will also blame both political parties for failing to fix the United States immigration system: "For years, Republicans and Democrats seem to have been more interested in playing politics with immigration than with actually fixing it"
While the poll does show a clear lead for President Obama among voters in the Latin community, Romney plans to court the Hispanic community, and attack Obama on the key issue of immigration before the presidential election.
Romney is quoted in his speech in Los Angeles as saying “candidate Obama said that one of his highest priorities would be to fix immigration in his first year in office, 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."
Romney will get his opportunity to engage Obama on his immigration policies during the first Presidential Debate being held on October 3, on the campus of Denver University in Colorado.
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