Although his approval rating among Latino voters has been hovering around 50 percent, according to Gallup polling, President Obama is convinced that he can win over their votes for one important reason: Republicans can’t.
In a roundtable with Hispanic media at the White House, Obama said that it won’t be hard to pit Latinos against Republican candidates in campaign ads.
“We may just run clips of the Republican debates verbatim. We won’t even comment on them, we’ll just run those in a loop on Univision and Telemundo, and people can make up their own minds,” the president said.
Obama is confident that the GOP stance on immigration, the economy, and health care will anger Latino voters, no matter who the party chooses as his opponent. But Obama admits that his record isn’t perfect. He lost the battle to pass the Dream Act that would award in-state tuition at American universities for children of illegal immigrants, and the unemployment rate among Hispanics is at 11. 7 percent—higher than the national rate of 9 percent.
“That’s not to say the Latino community is going to think my administration is perfect. But I think they know where my heart is, and they know the kind of America that I want to see for all of our children,” he said. “The values and the vision I have is going to match up much more closely with where the Latino community wants to see the country going.”
Obama told the Hispanic media reporters that he would not shy away from the issue of immigration going into the 2012 campaign and promised to “talk about it extensively.”