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Wednesday
Dec122012

GOP Pollsters, Latinos Study Gaps in Swing States

Chris Knorr / Design Pics / Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- It’s become clear to Republicans that the party is falling flat with the Latino community.  What’s still murky is how to reverse that trend.

A right-leaning Latino advocacy group has teamed up with conservative pollsters to figure out where to turn next.

The Hispanic Leadership Network and Resurgent Republic are focusing their efforts on surveying Hispanic voters who cast ballots in Florida, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico.  Thus far, they say the results indicate that Latino voters don't think Republicans respect the Hispanic community, and that the perception that Latinos naturally align with the Republican Party is misguided.

The Republican "brand needs substantial resuscitation" among Latino voters, former Senator Norm Coleman (R-Minnesota) said Wednesday during a news conference.  

This shouldn’t be news to Republicans, despite the gains President George W. Bush made during his 2000 and 2004 campaigns.  

"We need to recognize that Hispanics have been voting for Democrats for years," added conservative political consultant Whit Ayres, who analyzed the survey results.

He pointed out that, discounting the 1992 and 1996 elections that were three-way races including Ross Perot, 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney performed worse among Hispanic voters than any Republican candidate since 1976, following the Watergate scandal.

The Hispanics surveyed side with Democrats on issues across the board, from abortion to the economy. In all four states, more think the government should do more rather than less. More also support gay marriage or civil unions than not, and more are pro-choice than pro-life in all but New Mexico.

Democrats won even in terms of which party Latinos think is better equipped to help small businesses grow.

"Now come on," Ayres said. "We are the party of small businesses right? But we haven't quite made that sale in the Hispanic community."

George W. Bush garnered about 44 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2004, while Republican candidate John McCain pulled in only 31 percent in 2008. Romney's share of the Latino vote dropped to 27 percent this year.

The survey showed plainly that not only did the Obama camp do a better job of reaching out to Latino voters, it also struck a better tone.

Ayres and Coleman agree that the Republican Party does not have to change tack on a slew of issues to gain Latino support.

According to Coleman, for the Republican Party, "it's the larger question of empathy."

The survey results came the same week as census data that estimated whites will no longer make up a majority of Americans by the year 2043.

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Friday
Sep142012

Obama Ad Hits Romney for Opposing Justice Sotomayor

Jose CABEZAS/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A new Spanish-language TV ad from the Obama campaign airing in Florida attacks Republican rival Mitt Romney for opposing the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The spot suggests that Hispanics, a key constituency for President Obama in Florida, should be “offended” that Romney would not have supported the first Hispanic high-court nominee in American history.

“When she was nominated by President Obama, we all celebrated -- Puerto Ricans and all Hispanics,” says Puerto Rican attorney Nydia Menendez speaking directly to camera.  “But Mitt Romney was opposed to Sotomayor.  He offended me when he stated he would have voted against her nomination.  And now he wants our vote for president?”

In a March radio interview with Noti Uno Radio, Romney said he would have voted against Sotomayor if he was given the chance.

“Judge Sotomayor and I have very different judicial philosophies.  She is an activist, a liberal jurist,” he said at the time.  “And I prefer people who follow the Constitution and do not make law as a judge.  And so I will support justices who are conservative and who follow the constitution.”

The Obama campaign has also launched a second Spanish-language spot in Florida and four other swing states (Colorado, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia), appealing to Hispanic voters on the economy with help from Cristina Saralegui.

“When President Obama took office our economy was on the verge of disaster,” Saralegui says.  “And now Romney and Ryan ask us to return to the policies that CAUSED the crisis."

“Back to the future?  No way.  Forward… with Obama!” she says.

Saralegui, who is popularly considered the “Hispanic Oprah,” is a leading surrogate for Obama in the Hispanic community, appearing in half a dozen TV ads since the start of the campaign.

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Wednesday
Aug292012

Ann Romney Woos Hispanic Voters, Urging They Get Past ‘Their Biases’

ABC News(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Ann Romney’s convention speech was directly aimed at wooing female voters, but at a lunch event Wednesday she changed her focus and pitched her husband to Hispanic voters, a voting bloc that is especially important in this battleground state, urging them to get past the “biases … from the Democratic machine.”

“I spoke to women last night and I wanted women to understand how important this election is for their children, but as I was sitting backstage listening, I thought, it’s also very important that the Latino community recognize how important this election is for them,” Romney said at the Latino Coalition luncheon Wednesday. “And they are mistaken if they think they are going to be better off with Barack Obama as their president. There really is only one way for prosperity, for small business, and that is, this is the simplest way I can say this: If Mitt Romney wins, America wins.”

Romney said her “importance in speaking out is making sure that those coalitions,” referring to women and Hispanic voters, “that would naturally be voting for another party wake up and say, You’d better really look at the issues this time.”

“You’d better really look at your future and figure out who’s going to be the guy that’s going to make it better for you and your children, and there is only one answer,” Mrs. Romney said, giving a harsher pitch than we usually hear from the woman who wants to be the next first lady.

“It really is a message that would resonate well if they could just get past some of their biases that have been there from the Democratic machines that have made us look like we don’t care about this community,” Romney said. “And that is not true. We very much care about you and your families and the opportunities that are there for you and your families.”

She stressed her immigrant roots, mentioning her grandfather who was a Welsh coalminer, aiming to connect with the Latino audience.

“I know what it’s like to be the daughter of immigrants,” she said.

Romney praised the First Lady of Puerto Rico Luce Fortuno, who introduced her last night, calling them “kindred spirits.”

“What she and her husband are doing on that little island is quite remarkable. You should be so proud,” Romney said before her son Craig mentioned that the Gov. Luis Fortuno was actually sitting in the audience.

“Luis! Hola!,” Romney said, clearly surprised.

” I had the most rocking time in Puerto Rico at a political rally than I’ve ever had in my entire life,” Romney said. “You people really know how to party. It was crazy!”

Romney added that the trip was a “wonderful chance” to “peak into a culture and a vibrancy and energy, a passion that I saw from that little island that really represents the best in America.”

She was introduced by her youngest son, Craig. He’s fluent in Spanish and often campaigns for his father in this state and has even starred in Spanish language radio and television ads for the campaign.

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Saturday
Jun232012

Mitt Romney’s Playbook on Immigration, Everything: Pivot to the Economy

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK, N.Y.) --  Just when you think identity politics is back, Mitt Romney does his best to squash it.

Since the Obama administration says it will no longer deport young illegal immigrants, pundits have wondered whether Romney’s criticism of the move – and the ambiguity over whether or not he would actually reverse the policy, if elected – will hurt him among Latino voters. Mitt Romney's campaign have an answer: the economy.

On Friday, the campaign developed many “Juntos con Romney” slogans targeting Latino supporters, and their message was mostly about jobs.

Romney’s maneuver is basic: Criticized for policies unpopular with a particular demographic group, he has pointed to unemployment rates in that group, diverting attention back to the campaign’s top issue and suggesting that, regardless of immigration policy, Obama’s presidency has harmed Latinos.

Romney and his campaign employed the same strategy this spring, when Republicans faced criticism for policies that affect women.

In March and April, Democrats accused Republicans of prosecuting a “war on women,” painting the GOP as anti-female in its attempt to block the mandate for contraception coverage in health insurance plans and for the ensuing Rush Limbaugh/Sandra Fluke controversy. As Romney’s critics attacked him for not condemning Limbaugh more forcefully – “It’s not the language I would have used,” he told reporters - the candidate and his campaign changed the subject, accusing Obama of engaging in a different “war on women”: an economic one.

Romney incorporated female unemployment in his stump speeches, pointing out that women had been disparately affected by the recession. Romney slammed Obama for women’s hard times on April 10, when he took the stage to acknowledge Rick Santorum’s exit from the primary.

“Over 92 percent of the jobs lost under this president were lost by women. His policies have been really a war on women. He wants to divert from that,” Romney said in a Fox News interview the next day.

“Women are talking about the economy and jobs and about the legacy of debt that we are going to leave our children and we are mad about it. And we are going to do something about it in November,” Ann Romney said two days later, as the Romney campaign deployed other female political surrogates to say that women “cannot afford” four more years of Obama.

In late May, the last time ABC News asked respondents which issue concerns them most, 52 percent listed jobs and the economy; the No. 2 issue was health care, with only seven percent. Polling supports Romney’s strategy in an election year when the economy dominates all other issues.

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Friday
Jun222012

Obama Swipes at Romney in Address to Latino Officials

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.) -- It was billed as an “official” presidential speech on policy, but President Obama thrust election year politics front and center at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials annual conference today – including direct attacks on GOP rival Mitt Romney.

“Yesterday your featured speaker came here and said that the election in November isn't about two people; it's not about being a Republican or Democrat or an independent; it is about the future of America. And while we've got a lot of differences, he and I, on this point, I could not agree more,” Obama said at the top of his remarks.

But then the president framed the 2012 race as a stark choice, with high economic stakes for Latinos and the middle class.

“The question is not whether we need to do better. Of course the economy isn't where it needs to be. Of course there's still too many who struggle. We've got so much work to do,” Obama said. “But the question is, how do we make the economy grow faster? How do we create more jobs? How do we create more opportunity? The question is, what vision are we going to stand up for? Who are we going to fight for? That's what we have to decide right now. That's what this election's about.”

Obama said his vision for economic growth centers on increased government spending on programs aimed at boosting the middle class, including federal aid to states to hire teachers and first responders, education and job training programs, and infrastructure projects to put construction workers back on the job.

“What's holding us back is a stalemate, a stalemate in Washington between two fundamentally different views of which direction we should go,” Obama said.

“The Republicans who run Congress, the man at the top of their ticket -- they don't agree with any of the proposals I just talked about. They believe the best way to grow the economy is from the top down,” he said. “I think they’re wrong.”

Turning to immigration, Obama claimed to be a champion of ever-elusive comprehensive reform from the beginning of his term and pledged to continue to fight for it. He did not mention the two years Democrats controlled Congress.

“In the face of a Congress that refuses to do anything on immigration, I've said that I'll take action wherever I can,” he said.

He called the executive action he took last week, suspending deportation of some young illegal immigrants and granting them work permits, an important albeit temporary step toward the DREAM Act. He blamed Republicans for obstructing its passage five years after co-sponsoring it.

“The need had not changed. The bill hadn't changed, written with Republicans. The only thing that had changed was politics,” Obama said, lambasting congressional GOP to standing applause. “And I refused to keep looking young people in the eye -- deserving young people in the eye and telling them, tough luck, the politics is too hard.”

Then, taking a swipe at Romney, Obama said: “Your speaker from yesterday has a different view. In his speech, he said that when he makes a promise to you, he'll keep it. Well, he has promised to veto the DREAM Act. And we should take him at his word. I'm just saying. I believe that would be a tragic mistake. You do too.”

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Friday
Jun222012

Romney Rips Obama's Immigration Approach in Speech to Latinos

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(BUENA VISTA, Fla.) -- In a high-profile address to Latinos on Thursday, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said President Obama had "failed to address immigration reform" after promising to do so during the 2008 campaign and vowed that, if elected, he would enact comprehensive measures that would enable families to remain together and improve economically.

"I will work with Republicans and Democrats to build a long-term solution," Romney said in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., to scattered applause from the audience.  "I will prioritize efforts that strengthen legal immigration and make it more transparent and easier.  And I will address the problem of illegal immigration in a civil but resolute manner.  We may not always agree, but when I make a promise to you, I will keep it."

Romney's much-anticipated address to the annual conference held by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) came at a time when Obama's advantage with Latinos appears to be growing.  In 2008, Obama won the Latino vote by more than a two-to-one margin and, after the president's announcement last week that his administration would not seek to deport up to 800,000 children of illegal immigrants in this country, his lead now seems more formidable than ever.

Romney in Florida denounced Obama's move as "a stop-gap measure" that was a political effort to win the Latino vote.

"I think you deserve better," Romney told the group.  "Some people have asked if I will let stand the president's executive action.  The answer is that I will put in place my own long-term solution that will replace and supersede the president's temporary measure."

While Romney avoided offering many specific details on his broader immigration approach, he said that he would take "common-sense" steps to keep immigrant families together.

"Too many families are caught in a broken system that costs them time and money and entangles them in excessive red tape," he said.  "For those seeking to come to America the right way, that kind of bureaucratic nightmare has to end.  And we can do this with just a few common-sense reforms.  As president, I'll reallocate green cards to those seeking to keep their families under one roof.  We will exempt from caps the spouses and minor children of legal permanent residents.  And we will eliminate other forms of bureaucratic red tape that keep families from coming together."

Although Romney currently trails Obama by large margins, according to recent polls of Latinos, the Republican hopeful may have reason for optimism.  Even though Obama's decision to relax the deportation rules helped the president's standing with Latinos, the most important issue to the nation's fastest-growing voting bloc is not immigration, but rather the economy -- and on that front, Romney may see an opening: the current unemployment rate for Latinos is 11 percent, higher than the national average of 8.2 percent.

On Friday, Obama will also speak to the same group, where he is expected to encounter a friendlier crowd than Romney did, but the moment of truth for both candidates will not come until November.

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Thursday
Jun212012

Romney's Speech to Latinos Could Shape Fate of His Candidacy

Richard Ellis/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- For the first time in this presidential election, both President Obama and Mitt Romney this week will directly address Latinos, a crucial voting bloc that could swing this fall’s race for the White House.

On Thursday, Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, will speak to the annual conference held by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO).  On Friday. it's Obama’s turn.  The dueling speeches highlight both parties’ push to win the support of the nation’s fastest-growing voting bloc.

The battlelines appear to be drawn.  Obama enjoys a huge edge among Latinos, as he has dating back to his 2008 victory over Sen. John McCain.  That year, Obama won 67 percent of the Latino vote -- and this year he looks poised to do even better, especially on the heels of his announcement last Friday that his administration would not seek to deport up to 800,000 children of illegal immigrants living in this country.

An ABC News/Washington Post poll earlier this spring revealed 73 percent of Latinos backing Obama, compared with only 26 percent for Romney.  Since last Friday’s move by the White House, polls have shown a nearly double-digit jump in support for Obama among Latinos.

Obama’s decision to relax the country’s deportation laws directly answered one of the main gripes that Latinos had previously expressed about his tenure in the Oval Office: his failure to deal with immigration reform.  Despite promising comprehensive reforms when he was on the campaign trail in 2008, Obama never followed through, despite enjoying a Democrat-controlled Congress during his first two years in Washington.

Even the DREAM Act, a scaled-back immigration bill that would provide a path to citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants who join the military or attend college, failed to pass the Senate in late 2009.  The new White House policy to offer temporary work permits to young illegal immigrants who came into this country as children is similar to the DREAM Act.

“The announcement on June 14 appears to have clearly erased Obama’s enthusiasm deficit among Latinos,” said Matt Barreto, a researcher at Latino Decisions and associate professor of political science at the University of Washington.

If Obama has any cause for concern about Latinos, it may be turnout. The number of registered Latino voters dropped significantly in recent years -- and projections on how many Latinos will vote in November, once as high as 12.2 million according to NALEO, now hover around 10.5 million, according to the William C. Velasquez Institute.

Still, Romney is in a much more difficult position.  Not only is he facing an opponent who won Latinos by more than a two-to-one margin in the last election, but he also has to address criticism from Latinos after a series of controversial comments during the GOP primary.  The former Massachusetts governor vowed to veto the DREAM Act, praised Arizona’s controversial new anti-immigrant law, and touted the endorsement of controversial anti-immigration activist Kris Kobach.  

If Romney cannot boost his standing among Latinos to around 40 percent support, then according to Republican strategist Ana Navarro earlier this year, “He can kiss the White House goodbye.”

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Wednesday
Jun202012

Republicans Push for Latino Vote

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Despite President Obama’s advantage with Latino voters, boosted after his immigration announcement last Friday, Republicans are not ceding the Latino electorate, focusing instead on how the country’s sluggish economy and high unemployment rate have been especially hard for Latinos.

Just days after Obama announced his administration would not seek to deport up to 800,000 children of illegal immigrants, the Republican National Committee came out with a new web video in both English and Spanish, and a research piece that hit the president for the nation’s economic problems and how they had disproportionately hurt Latinos.

Over the voices of news coverage telling the viewer, “Latino unemployment is in the double digits,” the video shows images of both the president and struggling families.

“After four years of President Obama, our economy isn’t better,” a graphic reads before these statistics appear over a woman looking through her bills: “Hispanic unemployment skyrocketed to 11 percent” and “2.3 million more Hispanics in poverty.”

The video says more Latinos are likely to be uninsured, before it ends with a clear message: “While Obama plays politics, Hispanics are suffering in the Obama economy.”

In a nod to the hand-to-hand combat for every vote in this race, the RNC and the Romney campaign will continue to go after Latino voters despite the president’s polling advantage.

A Bloomberg poll released on Tuesday surveyed likely voters after the president’s move, and 64 percent agreed with Obama’s policy, while 30 percent disagreed.  The survey did leave voters divided along party lines, with 86 percent of Democrats favoring the measure while 56 percent of Republicans opposed it.

Other polls have shown a nearly double-digit jump in support for Obama among Hispanics since he made the change, and the president was already doing well among the country’s largest minority.  An ABC News/Washington Post poll earlier this spring revealed 73 percent of Latinos backed Obama, compared with 26 percent for Romney.

The new policy is similar to the Dream Act, supported by Obama, but rejected by Republicans in Congress.  It will offer temporary work permits to young illegal immigrants who were brought to this country by their parents.

Both the president and the presumptive GOP nominee will continue their outreach to the Latino community this week. They both will address the annual National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials conference in Orlando, Fla., with Romney speaking on Thursday and Obama on Friday.

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Tuesday
Jun192012

Obama Polls Strong Among Latinos Since Changing Deportation Rules

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages(WASHINGTON) -- If Mitt Romney earlier this year faced an uphill battle with Latinos, the nation’s fastest-growing voting bloc, that hill may have just turned into a steep mountain.

President Obama’s announcement last Friday that his administration would not seek to deport up to 800,000 children of illegal immigrants has not only gone over predictably well with Latinos, but with voters overall. Sixty-four percent of likely voters agree with Obama’s policy, while 30 percent disagree, according to a new Bloomberg poll released Tuesday. While the new policy left voters divided along party lines -– with 86 percent of Democrats in favor of it and 56 percent of Republicans against it -– independents came out in favor of it, with 65 percent supporting the change.

The new White House policy will offer temporary work permits to young illegal immigrants who came to this country as children. It is similar to the Dream Act, a Democratic proposal supported by Obama, but shot down by Republicans in Congress.

In addition, recent polls have shown a nearly double-digit jump in support for Obama among Latinos since he made the change, and Obama was already doing well among the country’s largest ethnic minority.  An ABC News/Washington Post poll earlier this spring revealed 73 percent of Latinos backed Obama, compared with 26 percent for Romney. While Latinos had previously expressed dismay about Obama’s failures to enact comprehensive immigration reform despite enjoying a Democrat-controlled Congress for his first two years in Washington, his decision to loosen the deportation rules has boosted Latino enthusiasm for him.

“The announcement on June 14 appears to have clearly erased Obama’s enthusiasm deficit among Latinos,” said Matt Barreto, a researcher at Latino Decisions and associate professor of political science at the University of Washington.

The challenge for Obama will be making sure Latinos head to the polls come November. The number of registered Latino voters has dropped significantly in recent years, and projections of how many Latinos will vote in November, once as high as 12.2 million, according to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, or NALEO, now hover around 10.5 million, according to the William C. Velasquez Institute.

If boosting Hispanic turnout is key for Obama, who won 67 percent of the Latino vote in 2008, capitalizing on the economic struggles of Latinos may be Romney’s best hope. The nominal Republican nominee denounced Obama’s announcement last Friday as a political move and accused him of trying to distract Latinos from the economy. The jobless rate among Latinos is currently 11 percent, higher than the national average of 8.2 percent.

In Romney’s favor is the fact that Latinos have cited the economy – not immigration reform – as their top priority. Later this week, the battle for the Latino vote will be on full display in Florida, when both Obama and Romney address Latinos at the annual NALEO conference in Orlando. Romney will speak to the group on Thursday, with Obama taking the stage the following day.

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Wednesday
May232012

Sen. Marco Rubio Laments Divisive Politics

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Speaking before a crowd of Latino business leaders, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., lamented the state of politics, accusing politicians of fostering a culture of partisanship and campaigning on a message of division.  Without mentioning President Obama by name, Rubio swiped at the president for failing to deliver on his promise of “hope” that both sides of the aisle craved.

“The one that’s troubled me the most is this deliberate division of the American people against each other.  Last three and a half years after our elections, irrespective of how you felt about how they turned out, we all had hope that this nation would embark at a new moment, where somehow we would rise above the petty politics of the moment and have a real honest societal wide conversation about what kind of country we want to be, what kind of role we want to play in the world, and what kind of role we want our government to play in our lives. Well any hope of that is now gone,” Rubio said during his keynote address at the Latino Coalition’s Small Business Summit in Washington, D.C., Wednesday afternoon. “What you have today is nothing less than a wholesale effort to pit one group of Americans against each other on issue after issue.”

In recent weeks, Rubio has picked up his forceful criticism of President Obama. Last Saturday, Rubio called Obama the most “divisive figure in modern American history.” He previously has accused the president of using issues like same-sex marriage and student loan rates to “divide one group of Americans against another group of Americans for the purposes of getting him reelected.”

Rubio criticized politicians who stray from debating their opponents on the basis of merit and instead launch personal attacks at a time when the Obama and Romney campaigns are embroiled in a series of fights.

“We will never solve the issues that we face if all people want to do is debate how bad the other guy is as opposed to debate whether their ideas have merit or not, and whether your ideas are better than their ideas,” Rubio said.

Rubio, who was elected to the Senate in 2010, also critiqued Congress’ unwillingness to present meaningful policy proposals that could ease the burdens facing the country.

“I ran because I was frustrated by the political process.  Nothing has happened over the last year and half to change that frustration unfortunately,” he said. “Too often times, in the United States Senate especially, most of the votes we take are nothing but messaging points.  Bills are brought to the floor that people know are not going to pass for one purpose alone and that’s to give people talking points on the Sunday evening shows.  Our people deserve better. It’s not like we don’t have major issues to confront but they are not being confronted.  The only thing that’s being done in the Senate these days is creating material for television commercials in the fall, and it’s sad.”

Rubio spoke to the Latino business crowd hours after presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney addressed the same group, and Rubio, who often shares his personal story of using student loans to pay for college and law school, praised Romney’s efforts to lead in expanding access to affordable education.

“There also is our education system.  I understand that Governor Romney spoke to you about it earlier today.  The federal government has a limited role to play when it comes to education,” Rubio said.  “Education, the ability to learn a skill, in this century is indispensable.  There are going to be no jobs in the 21st century, literally, there will be no new jobs in the 21st century for people who do not have advanced education of some form.  We have to provide access to that as well as affordability, and I’m glad that the nominee of my party has taken the lead in that regard.”

As he outlined issues currently plaguing the country, from the debt to stifling energy policies, Rubio voiced his belief that optimism pervades the American way of life.  Rubio, whose own parents emigrated to the United States from Cuba, reached out to the immigrant community by sharing how their daily struggles reflect the hope ingrained in this country as they provide a better future for their children.

“The greatness of America can be seen in the people who served you your lunch today, who have children somewhere else in school even as we speak and if you ask them, they’ll brag to you about how their son’s going to be a lawyer, and their daughter’s going to be a doctor.  They are proud to work with their hands, they are proud to serve you your lunch and your dinner because they know that their sacrifice is paving the way for someone that they love,” Rubio said to a loud round of applause from the crowd.

As he departed the Chamber of Commerce, Rubio ignored questions from reporters about whether he would consider being vetted for the vice presidential position if asked.

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