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Gingrich Optimistic About Romney’s Chances With Latino Voters

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Alexandra Jaffe
May 29, 2012, 5:22 a.m.

Former GOP pres­id­en­tial con­tender Newt Gin­grich has high hopes for Mitt Rom­ney’s chances with Latino voters.

“If Lati­nos con­clude Mitt Rom­ney’s more likely to have my fam­ily have a job, he’s more likely to bring down the price of gas­ol­ine, he’s more likely to have my child have an ef­fect­ive edu­ca­tion, does that over­come whatever the Demo­crat­ic at­tack is?” he asked on NBC’s Meet the Press.

Gin­grich con­cluded that a large swath of Lati­nos would de­cide Rom­ney was the bet­ter can­did­ate on those is­sues, peg­ging his even­tu­al sup­port among that demo­graph­ic at about the same level as won by George W. Bush, or in the 40 per­cent range.

However, a re­cent NBC News/Wall Street Journ­al/Telemundo poll showed Rom­ney with 27 per­cent sup­porta­mong Lati­nos to Pres­id­ent Obama’s 61 per­cent. Demo­crats con­tend that Rom­ney’s im­mig­ra­tion pro­pos­als, such as self-de­port­a­tion, have ex­acer­bated his prob­lems among that bloc of voters.

Gin­grich also slammed Obama for his at­tacks on Bain Cap­it­al, say­ing that Obama “has no mod­el of ef­fect­ive job cre­ation as com­pared to private cap­it­al” and as­sert­ing the pres­id­ent should take a dif­fer­ent cam­paign tac­tic.

“Obama pick­ing a fight on the eco­nomy is prob­ably the worst pos­sible strategy for his cam­paign,” he said.

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