Ryan's Nomination Means Romney Has Given Up on Latinos


Mitt Romney’s selection of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate for the Republican presidential nomination is being greeted less than enthusiastically by Latino groups and not just because they were hoping to see one of their own on the ticket.
Raisa Camargo, writing at Voxxi.com, says, “Some Latino leaders are saying Mitt Romney’s selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate was “out of touch” with Hispanic voters. Two others on the shortlist for vice president were expected to have more sway with the Latino vote – estimated at between 10 and 12 million this November. But both Florida Senator Marco Rubio – who was seen as a highly favored shortlister – and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, more of a longshot, were passed over for Ryan.”
But, then Camargo explains, Several Latino organizations and affiliated programs — including the National Council of La Raza and AARP — have previously expressed dismay about Ryan’s budget plan. And early Saturday several political analysts pointed to Ryan’s budget decisions in the past and said other Latino contenders would have brought more diversity to the Republican ticket. They say the choice shows Romney has given up on the Latino vote.
That appears to be a mistake on his part because the Republican party has proven friendlier to Latinos when it comes to national prominence, as pointed out earlier on CTLatinoNews.com.
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