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Latino Outreach Could Bolster Support for Healthcare Overhaul

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Latinos are very interested in the Affordable Care Act, but a new survey shows they don't know much about it yet.

Targeted outreach to the Hispanic community might go a long way, however, in increasing public support for the law.

The Obama administration is battling fierce opposition to implementation of the law from the Republican Party and looking to gain as much support as possible from allies. President Obama even spoke last week at a Planned Parenthood conference, becoming the first sitting president to address the group in person. The women's health advocacy organization has been a staunch supporter of the law and Obama said he will need help from it and other groups with implementation.

Latinos could fall into that category, but they don't yet. Hispanics generally support the law and they stand to be hugely impacted by it -- some studies indicate more than five million uninsured Latinos are likely to gain coverage -- but a new Latino Decisions survey indicates they find it confusing and are wary about how it will impact them.

More than half of Latinos surveyed said they were "not that informed" or "not at all informed" about President Obama's healthcare overhaul. More than two-thirds said the healthcare plan is confusing and less than 15 percent said public officials in Washington, D.C. took the health needs of the Latino community into account as the bill was developed and passed.

But the community is eager to know more -- nearly 90 percent said they want to learn more about the law.

Here's the interesting part: After they were provided some basic information about the law, three-quarters said it was a good thing for Latinos.

Those numbers indicate a couple of things. One, that more outreach specifically targeted at Latinos is needed. And two, that Latino support for the law increases after that outreach. In other words, there's untapped support for the law in the Latino community. A little targeted outreach could harness it.

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Rick Perry Receives Chilly Response at Latino Leaders Conference

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry received a chilly response at a conference for elected and appointed Latino officials in San Antonio Thursday while he promoted his job growth agenda and attempted to stress the importance of diversity.

“You have a role model you can look up to, someone who proves that any obstacle can be overcome,” Perry said at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials conference, describing Texas as a land of opportunity.  “That is especially true for a Hispanic child in Texas.”

Texas is nearing the end of its special legislative session, and state officials are debating a bill which would ban “sanctuary cities” in the state.

Protestors gathered outside the hotel where the governor spoke and some linked Perry’s plan that would permit local law enforcement officials to inquire about a person’s immigration status to the controversial immigration law in Arizona.

Perry also visited a Boeing manufacturing facility in San Antonio where he touted his economic initiatives in Texas but offered no indication of a run for president.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Obama Courts Latino Voters with Puerto Rico Trip

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images (file)(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) -- Arriving in Puerto Rico Tuesday on the first official visit by a sitting U.S. president in five decades, President Obama reminded island residents of his campaign pledge to make room for them in his presidency.

"When I ran for president, I promised to include Puerto Rico not just on my itinerary, but also in my vision of where our country needs to go," Obama told a cheering crowd of supporters during a speech in San Juan. "And I am proud to say that we've kept that promise, too."

The trip is also meant to curry favor among mainland U.S. Latinos and raise some campaign cash.

While none of the island's nearly 4 million U.S. citizens can vote in the 2012 general election, the president knows they have some political sway, both with their pocketbooks and through ties to family members who have migrated to the U.S. where they can vote.

Puerto Ricans contributed $1.7 million to federal political candidates and committees during the 2010 midterm elections, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, with 80 percent of the funds benefiting Democrats. In the 2008 election cycle, Puerto Ricans gave roughly $4 million in itemized federal political donations, mostly to Democrats, including at least $354,000 to then-candidate Obama, the Center found.

Obama was scheduled to hold one fundraiser during his day-long visit to the island today. He was also expected to commemorate President John F. Kennedy's official presidential visit in 1961 and meet with Puerto Rico's Republican Gov. Luis Fortuno.

But it is the symbolism of the trip that holds the greatest significance for Obama and Democrats, generating goodwill with the booming Puerto Rican population living inside the United States, particularly Florida, where about 850,000 Puerto Ricans can cast presidential ballots next fall.

The effort comes as part of a broader micro-targeting strategy by the Obama campaign to drive turnout among Latinos and other groups deemed essential to helping win the president a second term.

Obama last week became the first presidential candidate to name a Latina as political director of a national campaign. Katherine Archuleta, chief of staff for Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, also hails from Colorado, a key state for Obama's re-election bid with a relatively high number of eligible Latino voters.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Obama Holds Closed-Door Meeting to Build Support for Immigration Reform

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama was scheduled to meet with a number of Hispanic actors and journalists Thursday afternoon in another behind-the-scenes effort to enlist support and build momentum for his vision of immigration reform.

Attendees are expected to include journalists and entertainers such as:

  • Jose Diaz-Balart, anchor of both the news program Noticiero Telemundo and Sunday public affairs show Enfoque;
  • Barbara Bermudo, host of Univision’s Primer Impacto;
  • Rosario Dawson, star of films such as Men in Black II, 25th Hour, and Unstoppable;
  • Emilio Estefan, musician and producer and former member of Miami Sound Machine;
  • Lily Estefan, host of Univision’s El Gordo y la Flaca;
  • America Ferrera, star of ABC’s former show Ugly Betty;
  • Don Francisco (born Mario Luis Kreutzberger Blumenfeld), host of variety shows Sábado Gigante and Don Francisco Presenta;
  • Vanessa Hauc, a journalist from Noticiero Telemundo;
  • Maria Teresa Kumar, an MSNBC contributor and executive director of Voto Latino;
  • Eva Longoria of ABC’s Desperate Housewives; and
  • Maria Elena Salinas, co-anchor of Noticiero Univision

“The president wants a constructive and civil debate on the need to fix the broken immigration system so that it meets America’s economic and security needs for the 21st century,” a White House official said in a statement. “To do that we need to elevate the debate, and folks like these and those who met with him last week can play an important part in bringing this debate around the country, rising above the politics and false debates that too often dominate when the issue comes up, and really address why it matters economically and for other reasons in a constructive way. “

The official said Thursday’s meeting was to be similar to the one the president held behind closed doors last week with a bipartisan group of individuals from the faith, law enforcement, and business communities.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Study: Latino Voters Staunchly Pro-Democrat but Highly Apathetic

Image Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Latino voters, the nation's fastest growing ethnic group with strong Democratic allegiances, appear significantly less motivated than other voters to participate in the upcoming elections, a new Pew Hispanic Center survey shows.

One-third of Latino registered voters have given the election "quite a lot of thought," compared with half of all U.S. registered voters, according to the study, which was released Tuesday. On intent to vote, half of Latinos said they will cast ballots in November while 70 percent of all U.S. registered voters said the same.

Political apathy among Latinos has emerged as a key concern for Democrats weeks before the midterm elections because two-thirds of registered voters favor Democratic congressional candidates over Republicans.

The Latino vote could play an influential role in California, Texas, Florida and New York; states where the majority of the country's registered Latino voters reside.

Pew estimates that 19.3 million Latinos are eligible to vote, making up about 7.4 percent of all voters in 2008. While turnout among those voters has traditionally been lower than the national average, experts say, the overall number of eligible Latino voters is rapidly growing.

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