New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, who heads the Senate Democrats' messaging and policy shop, said that recent endorsements picked up by Mitt Romney may hurt more than help, and that a problem with Latino voters could cost him the general election.
"There is no way Mitt Romney or any other nominee can win the presidency and no way [Republicans] can take back the Senate" if they don't improve their standing with Latino voters, he said on NBC's Meet the Press.
Schumer argued that two recent endorsements for Romney, those of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, showed Romney's weaknesses, rather than offering him momentum.
"Should [Romney] become the candidate, he'll be saddled with the Paul Ryan budget, which ends Medicare as we know it," he said, referring to Ryan's budget proposal, a document heavy with Republican policy initiatives that passed in the House last week and is unlikely to go any farther.
"But the even more interesting one is Marco Rubio, where they're trying to make amends for the horrible shape they're in with Hispanic voters," Schumer said, citing Romney's sometimes controversial stances on immigration.