High Profile Latinos at Both Conventions
Posted on September 20, 2012
In an election year where the Latino vote is thought to be a crucial factor, the conventions for both political parties made an effort to show Latinos with a high profile in politics believed in their candidate for President.
At the Republican National Convention in Florida, one of the state’s own senators, Marco Rubio, reminded those present while Romney’s family is wealthy, his father, who hailed from Mexico, was not so fortunate when he arrived in this country.
“…it's the story of a man who was born into an uncertain story in a foreign country, whose family came to escape revolution,” Rubio said. “They struggled through poverty and the Great
Depression, and yet he rose to be an admired businessman and public servant. And in November, his son Mitt Romney, will be elected president of these United States.”
In North Carolina at the Democratic National Convention, San Antonio mayor Julian Castro made history by becoming the first Latino keynote address speaker at the DNC. Castro praised President Obama’s efforts during his term
“Four years ago, America stood on the brink of a depression,” Castro said. “Despite incredible odds and united Republican opposition, our president took action, and now we've seen 4.5 million new jobs. He knows better than anyone that there's more hard work to do, but we're making progress.”
According to the polling site realclearpolitics.com, since a tie on Sept. 4 at 46.7 percent, Obama’s approval numbers have risen to 48.8 while Romney’s have shown a corresponding drop to 45.7 over the same five-day period.