Latinos are deeply divided over Marco Rubio
When going down the check-list of desirable vice presidential qualities, those who talk up Florida Sen. Marco Rubio note that he is telegenic, charismatic, smart and a darling of conservatives, all things that some believe Mitt Romney would need to boost his appeal.
And what nearly always is stressed as Rubio’s greatest ace is that he is a Latino from Florida –an ethnic group, and a state, seen as crucial to a November victory for Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.
But a debate is raging among Latinos about Rubio.
One side says he is no true representative of Latinos because he opposes liberal immigration measures that the vast majority in the ethnic group support. The other side says Latinos are not a monolith, and that Rubio, and other minority candidates, should not be seen as traitors, or unrepresentative, when they hold conservative views.
“We think it’s childish to single out Marco Rubio [for his views] because he’s Latino,” said Bob Quasius, president of Café Con Leche Republicans, a group that says it favors moderate immigration policies. “Minority and women Republicans tend to be more harshly criticized.”
Florida-based critics of Rubio set up a website called “Wrong Way Rubio.” The site claims it is “dedicated to shining a spotlight on Sen. Rubio’s extremist positions.”
Presente.org, a Hispanic advocacy organization, has been very vocal in its criticism of Rubio – and formed a campaign called “No Somos Rubios” (“We Are Not Rubios”).
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