Economy has worsened for Hispanics under Obama, Romney saysby George Bennett | June 21st, 2012
LAKE BUENA VISTA — As presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney prepares to address the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials conference here today, his campaign is noting that unemployment has risen for Hispanics since candidate Barack Obama addressed the group in 2008.
Obama addresses the same group Friday. Other notable speakers at the NALEO conference include former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush this afternoon and Sen. Marco Rubio on Friday.
Romney’s focus on the economy comes amid renewed interest in his immigration stance after Obama last week issued a directive halting the deportation threat for an estimated 800,000 younger illegal immigrants whose parents brought them to the U.S. when they were children.
Obama’s policy has been popular with Hispanics while Romney’s hard-line stance on immigration in the Republican primaries was not.
But the Romney camp argues that Latinos care about more than immigration.
Hispanic unemployment stood at 10 percent in January 2009, when Obama was sworn in, compared to an overall national rate of 7.8 percent at the time. In May, overall unemployment was 8.2 percent while the Hispanic jobless rate was 11 percent.
“It’s been four years since President Obama last addressed the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, and it’s clear why the President hasn’t rushed back. President Obama’s failed economic policies have left millions of Hispanics unemployed and in poverty. From Day One, Mitt Romney will enact policies that get our economy moving again for Hispanics and all Americans,” said Romney campaign adviser Alberto Martinez today.