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."