Opinion: Obama, Romney make same mistake on Hispanics
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July 9th, 2012
02:30 PM ET

Opinion: Obama, Romney make same mistake on Hispanics

Editor's note: Ana Navarro, a Republican strategist and commentator, served as national Hispanic campaign chairwoman for John McCain in 2008 and national Hispanic co-chair for Jon Huntsman's 2012 campaign. Follow her on Twitter @ananavarro.

By Ana Navarro, CNN Contributor

(CNN) - This week, the National Council of La Raza is hosting its annual conference in Las Vegas. The group is the biggest kid on the Hispanic block. Starting with George H.W. Bush, every Democrat and Republican president and nominee has addressed the conference. This year, neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney is doing so.

This is surprising in a year when plenty has been said about the importance of the Latino vote. Romney needs to do better than John McCain did in 2008. Obama needs to recapture Latino lightning in a bottle. He needs a wide margin of victory among Latinos and a high voter turnout.

Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak at this week's conference. The National Council of La Raza won't get the top dog. It will get the attack dog. You can send a No. 2 to burials and weddings of foreign leaders and to conferences you don't want to attend.

It's hard to express disappointment about merely getting the U.S. vice president to show up. Romney doesn't have a running mate. His campaign sent former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez as a surrogate. The National Council of La Raza said the agenda was full and didn't give him a speaking slot.

Read Ana Navarro's full column

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  1. ? LOL!

    Ann or ANA NAVARRO is dumb! How in this day and age a latina is fighting for the same people who would shoot her dead at the border, and constantly calls her an illegal ALIEN! This idiot Ana is fighting for Reperb Mitt Romney! She is oppressed and oppressing her own people.

    August 15, 2012 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. Alex Robles

    Sorry Ms. Navarro, you sound like an hispanic that just got here after watching re-runs of the US news from the Bush-Cheney Years. Latinos are growing but we do not all have the same views such as yourself. I think you have to learn more about the "diferentes latinos y sus culturas y comunidades". If you can understand that, you've got a start.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |