10 Reasons Latinos Voted for Obama
It shouldn't come as a big surprise that a whopping 70 percent of Latino likely voters supported President
There are 10 major reasons why it's very hard for Hispanics to vote for Romney.
Here they go, in no particular order:
First. On pocket-book issues, Romney has come across as the candidate for the rich, who wants to lower taxes for millionaires and relax banking regulations for
Second. On macro-economic issues, Romney's tirades against Obama for the anemic U.S. economy and the mounting debt came across as hypocritical. Wasn't Romney's
Third. On health care, Romney's virulent attacks against the Obamacare law, which provides healthcare to all Americans and prohibits insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing illnesses, drew alarm bells among most Latinos. The fact that the world's biggest industrialized country wasn't providing health care to 45 million people before Obama's law was seen by many Latinos as scandalous.
Fourth. On education, Romney has called for a smaller central government role in education, and - until he reversed his stand in recent weeks - supported a budget proposal of his running-mate
Fifth. On military spending, Romney has called for increasing the military budget by
Sixth. On immigration, Romney has come across during the primaries as an anti-immigration zealot. Sure, Romney needed to woo the extreme right of his party, but his angry tone when talking about "illegal aliens," his passionate support for
Seventh. On gun control, most Hispanics - who are among the most impacted by gun violence - want tougher gun control laws to prevent incidents such as the recent mass shooting in an
Eighth. On foreign wars, many Latinos are anxious about Romney's
Ninth, on terrorism and foreign policy, despite Romney's claims that Obama has been soft on
Granted, Latinos are not a monolithic bloc (most Cuban-Americans will vote for Romney). But if Romney gets only 25 percent of the overall Hispanic vote, it will be a record low for a Republican candidate in two decades.
And it will be largely due to Romney's embrace of the ultra-right wing of the
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