San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro predicted President Barack Obama will win at least 70 percent of the Hispanic vote, describing Republican challenger Mitt Romney as “the most conservative candidate that the Latino community has ever seen.” Castro, the convention’s keynote speaker on Sept. 4, was interviewed today at a Bloomberg/Washington Post breakfast in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that President Barack Obama’s administration’s cooperation with a Hollywood moviemaker on a film about the top-secret Navy unit that killed Osama bin Laden is the type of action that could “impact the ability to carry out similar operations in the future.”
When President George W. Bush departed Washington in 2009, he left behind a world of trouble and a golden opportunity for his party. Bush arguably did more than any Republican in his lifetime to scrub the taint of racial politics from the party’s brand. What’s more, his efforts were gaining supporters.
In Florida, Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney is airing campaign commercials in Spanish telling Hispanics he’s “one of us.” In South Carolina, he is touting the endorsement of Kris Kobach, an anti- immigration activist who helped spearhead state laws that have sparked anger among Latinos.
Senate Republicans are stepping up their call to strengthen U.S. border security standards in a proposed immigration law, as the plan’s authors urge lawmakers not to let the Boston Marathon bombings sap momentum.
The nation’s newest melting pot is Liberal, Kansas, a Dust Bowl enclave on the Oklahoma border that reflects the Democratic Party’s best chance for strengthening its grip on U.S. presidential elections.