Identity politics: Obama campaign touts benefits to Hispanics as president visits Floridaby George Bennett | June 26th, 2012
With President Obama slated to campaign in Miami Beach tonight with Latin Grammy winner Marc Anthony, his reelection campaign released a report today touting “An Economy Built To Last For Hispanic Americans In Florida.”
The Obama campaign said the president’s policies “have kept 2 million Hispanics out of poverty,” based on a study by the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The campaign release pinpoints other effects of Obama policies on Hispanics nationally and in Florida.
The temporary Social Security payroll tax cut, for example, lowered taxes for 25 million Hispanics, including 1.7 million in Florida, the Obama campaign says. Extending unemployment compensation helped 1.1 million out-of-work Latinos nationally. A proposal to spend $50 billion on mass transit and affordable housing would “help the over 2 million Hispanics employed in construction,” including about 80,000 in Florida.
The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is highlighted by the Obama campaign as particularly beneficial to Hispanics because it regulates payday lenders and student loan providers that Hispanics are more likely to rely on than others.
Hispanics make up about 13 percent of Florida voters, roughly the same percentage as blacks. Obama got 57 percent of the Florida Hispanic vote in 2008 en route to winning the state with 51 percent.