NEW JERSEY, May 10, 2013 ― President Obama traveled to Mexico and Costa Rica just days before the Cinco de Mayo celebration as part of his “Latin America” and “Jobs” tour, then headed to Texas Thursday morning.
With the Hispanic or Latino demographic category as the largest minority group in the
However, leaders in
For starters, Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder were involved in operation “Fast and Furious,” which smuggled firearms into
Obama has pledged to improve relations with
Finally, Obama has made little progress on immigration reform, an issue extremely important to Hispanic voters.
These issues have undercut the robust relationship the
Former Vice President of Costa Rica Kevin Casas-Zamora told the Washington Examiner that the purpose for Obama’s visit was unclear, and he wasn’t sure what the President was trying to accomplish other than “probably … drumming up support for immigration reform” while others labeled the trip a “photo op.”
Conservative pundits like Rush Limbaugh are saying that Obama was there to offer a “read between the lines” kind of speech to agree with Mexican nationals who believe
Was Obama trying to set the stage for the proposed North American Union when he said: ”You see the difference between the world as it is and the world as it ought to be; between old attitudes that can stifle progress and the new thinking that allows us to connect and collaborate across cultures. That includes how we think about the relationship between our two nations”?
President Obama has repeatedly supported measures to match
Was it strategic for Obama to visit
When asked to react to the President’s trip and to potential outcomes, Republican National Committee Hispanic Spokesperson Alexandra Franceschi said: “After an underwhelming first 100 days and a rough week in the press, President Obama escaped the conversations about his lack of political potency by jetting off to
The Director of Hispanic Affairs at the Democratic National Committee could not be reached for comment.
It’s no secret that Obama and the Democrats, as well as the Republicans, need the Hispanic vote to win the midterm elections in 2014. With many prominent Hispanic politicians siding with the Republican Party, the question remains as to which political party will openly accept the family values, independent entrepreneurialism, and strong sense of faith that Hispanic-Americans hold dear.
This new group of Hispanic voters has indeed become one of the most valuable pieces of political real estate since the introduction of women and African-American voters, and Hispanic voters have every reason to be just as skeptical as the Latin American leaders who expressed confusion, surprise and skepticism for Obama’s renewed interest in Hispanics.
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