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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / Sunday Shows

Romney Adviser Says Obama Has 'Played With Hispanics'

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June 24, 2012

A top Mitt Romney adviser on Sunday said President Obama has "played with Hispanics" through his immigration policies.

Speaking on CNN's State of the Union, Carlos Gutierrez, commerce secretary under George W. Bush and an adviser to Romney, said that Obama and the Democrats have a tradition of pandering to Latinos with immigration reform efforts.

"Before an election, let's promise something to Hispanics. That bill had things in there that couldn't get bipartisan support. Republicans said don't ram that bill now, we're in the middle of an election year and you did it anyway knowing that it wouldn't pass," he said, referring to the 2010 attempt by Democrats to pass the Dream Act through Congress.

"But it didn't matter, you made the promise, you got the Hispanic vote, and that has been the pattern," he said. "This administration has played with Hispanics."

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