After saying he would veto the DREAM Act if elected President and then calling it a handout, GOP Mitt Romney publicly revealed one of his his campaign's worst-kept secrets: that his father was born in Mexico.
(Credit: Jordan Fabian, Univision News)
Sunday in New Hampshire, Univision News, which is quickly becoming one of the better English-language news outlets for the US Latino market, was covering Romney's campaign in Rochester NY (full story here) when the former Massachusetts Governor began talking about his family history. Here is the excerpt:
During a packed rally at the Rochester Opera House, Romney spoke about his family’s history, in particular his father’s rags-to-riches tale. He briefly referenced the fact that his father, George, was born in Mexico and came to the United States at age five.
Despite not graduating college, George Romney went on to become an auto executive, governor of Michigan and a Republican presidential candidate in the 1970s. Romney suggested that his father’s tale is similar to those of immigrants to came to the U.S. who are searching for economic opportunity.
“We became a nation that attracted the innovators of the world,” Romney said, wrapping up his riff. “It’s in our DNA, it’s who we are.”
Today, Univision News' Jordan Fabian followed Romney to another event in Nashua:
After a speech to the Nashua Chamber of Commerce, Romney was asked how he could create more excitement for the Republican Party. In his reply, he unexpectedly brought up the subject of Latino voters.
“I need to get 50.1 percent of the American people behind me,” Romney began. “Take a group like Latino-Americans. If I can convince more Latino-Americans to vote Republican, I’ll be doing pretty well pretty broadly.”
Romney’s comment was an indication that he’s beginning to look ahead to the general election, suggesting that Latinos could be the key swing group in that contest.
All of a sudden Romney is starting to court Latinos? Does he think Latinos have a short memory? What you do you think?