Mitt’s Target Number to Take Hispanic Vote from Obama: 38 Percent

Cameron Joseph, The Hill, August 22, 2012

Mitt Romney’s campaign has set a precise target for the share of the Hispanic vote it needs to win to defeat President Obama: 38 percent.

That’s a significant step up from the 31 percent of the Latino vote won by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), whom Obama thumped while winning a number of key states where Hispanic voters are an important constituency, including Colorado, Florida, Nevada and New Mexico.

Romney has to do better than McCain, and his advisers have set a goal that is just below the approximately 40 percent share of the Hispanic vote President George W. Bush won in 2004.

“Our goal is to do better than four years ago and the McCain campaign did—our goal is to hit 38 percent with the Hispanic vote,” said Jose Fuentes, a co-chairman of Romney’s Hispanic leadership team and former attorney general of Puerto Rico. “That’s our goal. That’s our national average.”

Polls suggest Romney’s magic number with Hispanics might be a tough mark to hit. Obama led Romney 67 to 23 percent with Latino voters in a poll conducted in late July poll by NBC News, The Wall Street Journal and Telemundo.


Obama’s executive order to halt deportations on certain undocumented immigrants brought to the United States at a young age also helped improve his standing with some Latino voters and undercut a push by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to craft a GOP alternative version of the DREAM Act. Romney was left holding the bag, struggling to explain whether he’d uphold the executive order.

Romney’s party isn’t helping him. On Tuesday, the GOP platform committee added tough language to the official party position that says laws like Arizona’s tough measure should be “encouraged, not attacked.”


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  • Church_of_Jed

    If Romney wins, look for him to stack is cabinet with Latinos, for whom he will thank his Mormon god, because he can claim Diversity without too much afrovoodoo making a mess of everything and embarrassing him at every turn.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      Like this guy.

  • American_cavalier

    So, Romney has a couple of choices. He can attempt to gain .525% of the vote by selling the entire country away so he can barely win maybe. Or, he could gain 10x or more of that percentage by simply promising to do any number of rather moderate policies supported in huge numbers by the white electorate thereby winning the election in a landslide. Which one will he do? Hmmmm……pathetic.

  • ageofknowledge

    The primary motivation of the Hispanic demographic is how to transfer the wealth of taxpayers into their own pockets and those of the next wave of illegals currently entering the country. Though their certainly are some excellent exceptions (and I welcome my fellow citizens who are the exception regardless of race), the Hispanic vote will overwhelmingly go to the one who can accomplish that the best for them plain and simple.

  • Athling

    The joys of a multiracial society. Only a matter of time. I see the window closing on Caucasians. When they lose the ability to determine who controls the country then it is no longer their country. Consult Dr. Gauss for how this all ends.

  • Guest

    Republicans need to learn to use the word inreach and learn to stop using the word outreach.

    Not that outreach is bad, it’s just that it has close to zero return on investment at this point.  Whether they spend a million dollars or a billion dollars or five dollars on advertizing targeted at blacks, they will get the same three black voters they always get.  Ok, maybe a billion dollars will bump that number from three decides to three decides and a maybe.  With Latino votes, if he promised amnesty and free jobs for illegal immigrants and ran a bunch of ads in Spanish, he would get a few more votes.

    But the return on investment would be bad and it would result in a net loss of votes due to some disgusted whites not voting.

    The only way for him to win is with inreach, meaning get to the white groups that he’s not won.  That means younger voters and single women.  He can do this by showing clearly what Obamanomics means for those groups.  Younger voters need jobs and careers.  He needs to explain to them what affirmative action is, and what disparate impact means.  I’m not sure what the message he needs for white women is but he needs to find one.  As unloyal to their race as white women are in politics, they are still quite loyal in the dating market (despite the horrifying spectacles that we see).  Maybe they can be reached somehow? 

    Think inreach.

    • Athling

      Excellent points. If we could get a major majority of our women voting for our interests as a people then we could hold off the approaching effects of Third Worldism for another decade or two.

    • bluffcreek1967

      Romney needs to find a message for White women?! Shouldn’t it be the same message for all Whites, namely, getting the government out of our lives, reducing regulation, lowering taxes for all, fully securing our borders, stopping all imigration, deporting all illegal aliens and reducing the deficit? That would be the thing for all White women and everyone else for that matter!

      In my opinion, any particular message to White women that promises them free contraception, continued abortion on demand, equal pay, more women in the workforce or anything that even remotely smacks of feminism ought to be avoided at all costs!

      When the revolution occurs – and come it will – it would be nice to know that our White women don’t have an agenda different from their White males.  

      • crystal evans

        Why nor support equal pay for equal work, reproductive rights, and a limited government for all women, not just white women?

        • bluffcreek1967

          Yes, I understand what you mean and I agree that the principle of limited government should be for all American women, not just White women. However, when I referred to the “equal pay” issue, I meant it in the context of how liberals understand it. I don’t have the time or space to delve into that issue now, but it’s been politically distorted by the Left in order to drive a wedge between men and women in the workforce. It’s a form of the Left’s “gender discrimination,” and employed as a tool to show how men in every sphere of life mistreat women – which is complete nonsense.  

          As far as “reproductive rights,” I simply don’t believe that our government should be funding any form of contraception or helping to fund organizations that promote abortion. Obviously, I’m not pro-abortion (except in rare instances). But even then, I’m more comfortable with the matter being decided by individual States than by the Federal government. Hope this helps to clarify things.  

  • anmpr1

    38%?  Are these people high?  Other than the Cubans in Miami (has he promised to invade Cuba, yet?), Mitt has no chance of reaching that number.  I’d give him 15-20% at best. 

    Further, in spite of bowing to the NAACP he has 0% of the black vote.  And in spite of all but threatening to go to war for Israel, he can only count on maybe 20% of Jews to on his side.  I’m not sure what he’s offered the Chinese, but he’ll best only about 20 to 30% of Asian ballots.

    If he is as smart as everyone says, he’ll start waking up to whites as a voting block.  I don’t see much of that yet, other than what he’s promised the Chamber of Commerce, Agribusiness, and the globalists. 

    On the other hand, he is running under the banner of the stupid party, so expect more minority pitches.

  • crystal evans

    The only Latino votes that Romney will get are from the Cuban Americans in Florida and other prosperous Hispanics. There is no way that he will get the votes from the relatives of illegal immigrants and Dreamers because he may end Obama’s deferred action program if he gets elected.  I personally think that many of these Hispanics will stay home because even though they were excited about Obama’s deferred action program, they have now realized that it does not contain a path to citizenship and was only initiated to placate them by not deporting illegal immigrant youth.

  • He could get 75% (at least) of the White vote if he simply stopped pandering to hispanics, promised to enforce our immigration laws and deport illegals.

    • crystal evans

      He will probably get more of the white vote since many of them are alienated by Obama’s failure to get the economy moving again and to create more jobs. Middle aged white men were the main ones that lost jobs, many of them paying 6 figure incomes. They have gone from that to living off unemployment checks and food stamps. After the unemployment checks run out, they then have to depend on the local food banks and other charities to help them stay afloat. And if they do get a job, it pays a lot less than what they were making.

    • JohnEngelman

      Too many whites know that they will not benefit from Romney’s plan to cut taxes for the rich to vote for him. 

  • Our elections are becoming more balkanized each election cycle. What’s missing is any candidate believing they need to woo White Americans in order to win. We no longer matter.

    • Anonymous

      Lots of people take it for granted that whites will be a minority and that we won’t resist them hard even if we became a minority.  They are all full of glee that, “For the first time in history, nonwhite births exceeded white births!”  They fail to see that having more nonwhites and less whites will destroy what made the West.  They fail to see that history is not progressive, but is cyclical. 

  • JohnEngelman

    The only constituency that Mitt Romney really cares about is the constituency of employers and investors. These benefit from the influx of cheap Hispanic labor. 

  • To Everyone here: It’s just amazing seeing all these “enlightened statements” from people,who claim to have ” advanced intellectual with analytical” abilities” Has it every occurred to you individuals the reason why Mitt the “Twit’ with his co-hort “Count Chocula” is losing the latino vote 37-60% is because they alienated along with excluded them!?! HELLO!! This ,also, why he,practically according to the last Wall street poll, has no Black support, only 20% Jewish backing, 20-25% Asian interest, and losing to women by 20%. In addition, he’s done by 30-40% in the LGBT communities. Granted, this community overlaps in the above groups.  Nevertheless, these attitudes of alienation, exclusion, xenophobia, homophobia etc. is causing Mitt the “Twit” any opportunity of winning. Good examples, saying Black people just want “free stuff”, Hispanics should consider ” self deportation”,women can’t get pregnant as a result of “legitimate rape” and Gay people are the “moral scourge” of society!! How can anyone expect to get any support of any rational voter,HUH!?! You’ll know these attitudes are why the Gop with conservatives are going down big time this year. The sad/scary thing of it all, our country will become a one party leftwing Stalinistic state because of people being turned off by the ignorant views that are being expressed on this website and in the GOP in general. The best thing that can happen for the Gop convention is it getting canceled as a result of Hurricane Isaac. If not, it will be the worst debacle that even SNL/Def Comedy Jam won’t be able to replicate. Alright, i’m done with my rant but please take this post to heart everybody here!! TGIF!!

  • RisingReich

    Romney’s ‘Hispanic Leadership Team’?
    SO tired of the hispandering.

    Republicans are the ‘white party’? 
    Does anyone with a fully functional head really believe that lie?

    • Anonymous

      White people’s rights aren’t going to come from a political party anymore than blacks can keep thinking voting for the Democratic Party will be their answer.  People have to fight for their rights and freedom.  Did we get the British Empire’s permission to declare our independence?

  • RisingReich

     Yup, and the last time a white ethnostate attempted to do this the world rose up and destroyed them and continues to this day to browbeat them as ‘evil’ and ‘racist’.

  • crystal evans

    The first and second generations of Cuban Americans tend to vote Republican because they condemn the communist government in Cuba. The Democrats want an open relationship with Cuba.

  • Anonymous

    It’s amazing the neocons who suck up to blacks and hispanics.  This ‘cheap labor’ and fear of being called a racist is going to cost their children and grandchildren.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, let’s keep pandering to people who hate your guts and who will never ever vote for you in significant numbers.  White conservatives pandering to blacks and browns while ignoring the only people who will vote for them (that being whites) is akin to a butcher marketing his services and products to vegetarians while ignorning and insulting people who only eat meat.

  • Anonymous

    What I find funny (though not pointing fingers at you) are the La Raza types who want to be free of “white people”, yet they are hanging onto the Spanish culture by speaking Spanish, Catholicism, etc.

  • Juan McCain got down onhis hands and knees and prayed to Montezuma before Mexico. He demanded amnesty forillegal invading Mexicans and even campaigned in Mexico; emphasizing how hard hewill work on behalf of their invading raza.

    He hired some Mexican political hack (the raza who likes to call you “friend” with that scheming grin on his face) and continued to demand amnesty for invading Mexicans. Still, he did
    not capture the Mexican vote.

    Mexicans favor big government, affirmative action, welfare, amnesty, no borders, and a party that is hostile to White Americans. The donkey party meets all of their needs. Look for the GOP
    to turn radically left on social issues in an effort to woo  illegal invading Mexicans and their faux
    American anchor babies.