Posts Tagged ‘politics’

Groups Push for Naturalization Ahead of November Presidential Election

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012


(FoxNews) A number of groups hope to add thousands of new U.S. citizens to the voter rolls in several key states ahead of November's presidential election.


The national push comes after Democratic President Barack Obama has failed to deliver on promised immigration reforms in his first years in office and his likely opponent, Mitt Romney, adopted harsh rhetoric on illegal immigration to win support from conservatives while campaigning for the GOP nomination.


The Department of Homeland Security says an estimated 12.6 million people were holding so-called green cards given to legal permanent U.S. residents in 2010, including 8.1 million people who already qualify for naturalization but have not applied for citizenship. Latinos, considered a Democratic-leaning constituency, account for the largest immigrant community.

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Romney campaign trying to win over Hispanic voters

Monday, April 23rd, 2012


(McClatchy) Mitt Romney has a problem with Hispanics.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee trails Democratic President Barack Obama among Hispanic voters by a margin of better than 2-1, a deficit large enough to cost him the presidency as it did John McCain four years ago.

Some of his problem comes with the Republican brand, some through his own tough talk on illegal immigration during the Republican primaries. Either way, Romney has to find a way to close the gap or lose. Among the options: a conservative version of immigration reform, an Hispanic running mate, and plenty of grassroots courting.

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How Obama, Romney Camps Are Courting ‘Critical’ Latino Voters

Friday, April 20th, 2012


(PBS) GWEN IFILL: Along the campaign trail, Democrats and Republicans take note of the census numbers and plot a new path to victory.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Soy Barack Obama y apruebo este mensaje.

GWEN IFILL: It's not a coincidence that President Obama has begun speaking Spanish. As the general election campaign takes shape, Democrats and Republican Mitt Romney are competing for the support of the nation's fastest growing demographic group, Latino voters.

The NewsHour's Vote 2012 Map Center found, in 2008, Hispanics represented large percentages of voters across the Southwest and Florida. But the map is much bigger than that. Both campaigns are competing heatedly in at least three critical swing states: Nevada, Colorado, and Florida.

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Lessons from Marion Barry’s anti-Asian comments

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012


(Washington Post) The latest Marion Barrycontroversy burned bright Thursday, but it’s now mostly burnt out.

In case you missed it: Barry (D-Ward 8) made comments late Tuesday at his primary night victory party suggesting that the Asian-American owners of businesses in his ward run “dirty shops” that “ought to go.” After the comments were reported late Wednesday, the rebuke was swift, and by Thursday evening, Barry hadtendered an apology of sorts.

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