New “Latinos for Newt” Arizona Ad Fails to Include Key Points About Gingrich’s Latino Hypocrisy

With the GOP presidential race now focusing on bigger swing states like Michigan, Ohio, and Arizona, candidate Newt Gingrich, who has pretty much disappeared from the national media's coverage, released a new "Latino" ad for Arizona, according to a campaign email.

Here is the video:

The campaign email goes on to say (bilingually, and we won't spare you the awful translation in Spanish of the email) the following:

"For Newt, Hispanic Inclusion has been front and center in his campaign since Day one," explains Sylvia Garcia, National Hispanic Inclusion Director. "He understands that just as all Americans, Latinos are greatly suffering from the high unemployment rate and empty promises of this administration. They demand a change and know the only candidate that can rebuild the America they love is Newt Gingrich," added Garcia.

The ad highlights President Obama's failure to get the economy back on track and how Latinos have been greatly affected as a result. Each testimonial discusses Newt's proven record in job creation and his concern for American Hispanics.

"Few people understand the true Hispanic market like Newt does," said Lionel Sosa, Senior Advisor to the campaign. "He gets Latinos and understands the diversity in language, age, and culture. Yet, one thing is very clear to Newt: Latinos are people of values. They are Americans who strongly believe in family, in religion, in hard work, and in right to life," explains Sosa.

Newt Gingrich has received unwavering support from the Hispanic community because of decades of outreach since he was Speaker of the House. Gingrich has actively worked with Hispanic leaders since leaving Congress, even launching in 2009 and publishing two books in Spanish.

Since the start of his campaign, Gingrich has had a Spanish site and a robust Hispanic Inclusion team. Recently, he unveiled his National Hispanic Steering Committee comprised of top Latino leaders from different states.

Newt 2012 looks to win over the Latino vote in Arizona. This new ad is just one step to gaining their support. Unlike most campaigns, Newt Gingrich does not treat Latinos as a political convenience. His relationship is based on respect for the culture and the values of this community, as well as admiration for their history of hard work and contributions to the economic success of this nation.

"Seldom do Presidential candidates invest time in understanding our community rather they speak in platitudes that are not based on direct experiences or contact with the great and rich diversity in the Latino culture and community," added Sosa.

We are wondering what planet Sosa is living on since the ad makes no mention of the following Newtismos that contradict his respect of US Latino voters:

Gingrich told a gathering of business and community leaders that on the day he’s inaugurated, he will sign an executive order dropping lawsuits against South Carolina, Alabama and Arizona “because I think the federal government should be stopping illegal immigration, not stopping the states from enforcing the laws. Gingrich also said U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from Seneca, will introduce a measure, possibly as a constitutional amendment, to address “birth tourism,” referring to people who come to the U.S. on a tourist visa to have children, who then can be considered Americans.

“That’s clearly not what the 14th Amendment (to the U.S. Constitution) implied, and I think it’s inaccurate to interpret that way,” Gingrich said, referring to the provision that persons born or naturalized in the United States are U.S. citizens.

A spokesman confirmed Graham is examining two approaches, including a constitutional amendment. The other would seek a new Supreme Court interpretation of a century-old case.

We’re still working on the i’s and t’s of it, but we are going to be introducing something,” said Kevin Bishop, Graham’s spokesman.

Last year, in an interview on Fox News, Graham said he might introduce an amendment to address birthright citizenship. It brought a barrage of criticism from supporters and detractors alike who interpreted it as a reversal of his stated positions on immigration reform.

South Carolina’s immigration law, which takes effect Jan. 1 and borrowed some portions from Arizona’s measure, would require that law enforcement officers, upon “reasonable suspicion” that a person might be in the country illegally, check his or her immigration status.

"I never used the word Spanish in the conversation."

Still, Gingrich issued an apology in Spanish, creating the impression that he was talking about the language, which is spoken by a substantial proportion of the Florida primary electorate. "I wasn't talking about any single language," he said Sunday. "Go back and read the text. I didn't reference any single language. English should be the language of every single student because it is the language" needed to "get ahead in America." 

"We don't want anyone trapped in America not able to speak English because English is the language of commercial success and gives you a better job," Gingrich said. Romney "turned that on its head and said something that was simply not true" in running an ad suggesting that Gingrich was specifically referring to Spanish."


The fact remains, Gingrich can talk about being so Latino-friendly, but on the issues of immigration and his previous disdain for languages other than English he fails. He is inconsistent, and no wonder he lost the Latino vote in Florida to a candidate who was even more anti-immigrant than he was. Yes, Speaker, THIS is all about political convenience and we find it laughable that your campaign is trying to pull a fleece job on Arizona voters. Maybe if you actually spoke out against SB 1070 for being an unjust law and take a stand on that issue, more Latino voters will notice. But to say that you are different now is inaccurate.

By the way, Mr. Speaker, as for those two books you wrote in Spanish, did you REALLY write them in Spanish? Seriously?

“Gingrich’s Plan: Court Hispanics While Bashing Blacks” GUEST POST by @Raul_Ramos


Do not underestimate Newt Gingrich. He is a cunning political strategist who understands the demographic death spiral facing the Republican party — and he clearly has a plan.

Gingrich knows the Republican candidate in the November election will fail without support from U.S. minorities. Yet the GOP base will not nominate a candidate who supports issues popular in Latino and Black communities like immigration reform or affirmative action. So Newt's course will be to split the difference. He plans to court the Latino vote and brazenly bash Blacks to placate the base. 

As we saw in the South Carolina debate, Gingrich dispensed with the dog whistle code used by Republicans pandering for the anti-Black vote in the south and went for the jugular. His attacks on Obama as the "food stamp president" and calls for Blacks to "demand jobs, not welfare" were the most bluntly racist comments uttered by a U.S. politician since George Wallace.

Meanwhile, as shown in the Univision video with Jorge Ramos below, Gingrich offered more concessions to immigration reform than any other GOP candidate. These include: 1) Supporting the DREAM Act for youth who volunteer for military service, 2) a guest worker program for undocumented workers and 3) a path to citizenship for the undocumented who have resided in the U.S. for 20-25 years, have a family and an American sponsor.

Gingrich is so confident of his strategy, he even boasted to Ramos about his prospects with the Latino vote. "I have a hunch that by this fall, we may do better than any Republican except maybe Reagan."

From Gingrich's perspective, the plan to court Latino votes has no downside. He knows congressional Republicans will not approve any of these election year promises if he is elected.  

This may not be Newt's only attempt at dabbling in the witches brew of racial politics. As I mentioned in an earlier article, the GOP may attempt to drive a wedge between the Black and Latino communities, further weakening President Obama's chance for re-election. 

It's important for the entire electorate to be aware of Newt's apparent plan. Divisive tactics may serve the interests of a particular candidate or party. But they do not serve the interest of the nation or the world.

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Univision’s Jorge Ramos (True Rebelde) Grills Gingrich on DREAM Act, Immigration, and “Self-Deportation”

With a key Florida election coming up where the Hispanic vote will matter, Univision News published highlights from an interview between Jorge Ramos (one of our favorite Rebeldes) and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

Here is an excerpt of what Univision News reported:

Asked by Ramos about the DREAM Act, the Democrats’ proposal to provide a path to citizenship for some undocumented children of immigrants who attend college or serve in the military, Gingrich reiterated his support for the military component, but not the scholastic one.


According to a new poll released this morning by ABC News and Univision, Gingrich, fresh off his resounding victory in last week’s South Carolina primary, trails Romney by a wide margin among Latino Republicans in Florida: 49 percent to 23 percent.


The advantage that Romney enjoys stems in large part from the support that the former Massachusetts governor receives from the sizable Cuban-American population here after he was bolstered by some key endorsements from Cuban-American lawmakers in Congress such as Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Making matters worse for Gingrich, the former House Speaker is way behind Obama among Latinos nationwide in a hypothetical general election match-up with President Obama: 70 percent of the Latino vote would go to the president, compared to only 22 percent for Gingrich.

“You would lose the general election with these numbers,” Ramos told him.


“I think by the time we get to the fall campaign — we talked about values where the Latino community is far closer to me than they are to Obama, we talked about the failure to create jobs where the Latino community has a much greater concern than President Obama does, we talked about an effective Latin America policy where he’s clearly failed, we talked about Iranians and Ahmadinejad and the alliance with Chavez where the president has clearly failed, we talked about his failure in Cuba — I have a hunch that by this fall we may do better than any Republican except maybe Reagan,” replied Gingrich.

“My goal would be to break the majority,” he said.

Gingrich and Ramos also talked about Mitt Romney's idea that immigrations should practice "self-deportation." Here is a video clip (not from Univision News' YouTube channel) about that part of the interview.

Even though Gingrich has taken on a more moderate tone on immigration, he still favors the removal of federal lawsuits related to the current Arizona, South Carolina, and Alabama immigration laws. He also is against "birth tourism."

Estimado Señor @NewtGringrich: Your Spanish Translations Are Awful

So with the Iowa caucus tonight, GOP candidate New Gingrich and his campaign are reaching out to Latinos in Iowa, who constitute about 5% of the state's total population. On January 2, the Newt con Nosotros email sent out a bilingual email to its database. While we applaud the Gingrich campaign for trying to reach voters in both English and Spanish, we would like to offer Newt a little advice: GET A BETTER TRANSLATOR IN SPANISH. The clunkiness of the Spanish text and its literal voice only confirm that the Gingrich campaign should benefit from actually hiring native Spanish speakers who can actually WRITE in Spanish.

The translation, to put it mildly, reads like a bad Google Translate. If Newt were in an college-level Spanish class, we would give him a solid C-. The result is an email that sounds unnatural and forced in Spanish. Here is the email below, without comments in red.

There is nothing more awful than reading a literal Spanish translation that makes you cringe as you read it. Communication in Spanish is an editorial skill, and bad translation only kills your intent and makes most Spanish speakers we know shake their heads.


Estamos a unas horas de la votación en Iowa y Newt le necesita! (the "leísmo" is so archaic and so continental Spanish, it ia wrong. And the last time we checked, Spanish exclamations start with an inverted exclamation point)

Es importante que el mensaje de Newt llegue a todos los ciudadanos de Iowa. La comunidad hispana es importante para el éxito de esta campaña y usted puede marcar la diferencia realizando llamadas y empujando a los ciudadanos de Iowa a votar el 3 de enero. (Newt is literally telling Latino voters in Iowa to physically push their fellow citizens. That could get dangerous. Does he have the health insurance to cover that? Also phrases like "realizando llamadas" just sound clunky. Keep it simple, Newt: "haciendo llamadas" is a better choice.)

Lo mejor es que usted puede ser parte importante de esto desde la comodidad de su propia casa. (Clunky, literal and hard to understand. It's like they inserted the English into an automatic translation machine and clicked on SUBMIT.)

Siga estas instrucciones simples por favor: ("Simples" can mean idiotic like a simpleton. "Sencillas" is a better choice here.)

1.       Vaya a y cree su cuenta. ("Crear" connotes creation. Newt could have used clearer words like "iniciar," "establecer," even "abrir" works here!)


2.        Una vez creada la cuenta vaya a 
(Why why why use the formation, it reeks of literal translation.)

3.       Eso le llevará a la página de llamadas telefónicas. Seleccione español o inglés. (Starting a phrase like this with "Eso" is too literal.)


4.       Tome nota de los e-mails de personas que quieran ayudar. (It's ok to not use Anglicisms like "e-mails," there is no real reason to not use "direcciones electrónicas" or something clearer and in Spanish.)

5.       Use Notes si las personas le dicen en qué quieren ayudar. (Ah, yes the whole issue that we give you instructions in Spanish but we use tabs in English. Explain that more. Also, the whole "en qué" construction is clunky as well.)


6.       Por favor, consiga cuantos más posibles voluntarios, familiares y amigos!

Sólo unos minutos de su día pueden marcar una gran diferencia en Iowa. Newt quiere que estemos con él y no para él a fin de devolver a este país a la senda correcta. 

Feliz Año Nuevo a todos. Gracias por su ayuda. Juntos podemos reconstruir los Estados Unidos que amamos. 

(Another bad use of Spanish punctuation and the whole "cuántos más posible" phrase is another bad literal example. Second sentence reads like an English sentence, and what does the third sentence mean in Spanish? Semantically it is awful. And the last sentence is even more literal and even more clunky)