Posted on evening of Sept. 20 for publication Sept. 21.
Campaign strategists on both sides of the Democratic-Republican divide fret daily about how big the HispanicLatino vote might be and how high a margin among HispanicLatinos President Barack Obama will rack up in November. Most polls have him attracting 65 percent of the HispanicLatino vote and some surveys have him bumping 70 percent. Anything more than 70 percent will trigger an electoral vote rout.
Obama did little to hurt himself when he confronted Jorge Ramos and María Elena Salinas last night on Univision the day after Mitt Romney faced the same journalistic duo. Obama went to Miami knowing he had to face tough questions from Ramos who is unyielding in his criticism of the administration’s failure to bring about immigration reform – a public commitment made on national television by the Democratic nominee in 2008. And, the same network reminds us often, Obama’s administration has deported more immigrants than any other in history. Indeed, Salinas followed up with a question that made the very point.