Choosing Rubio as VP nominee would be “insult to the Hispanic community” (Video)
Should Mitt Romney choose Sen. Marco Rubio as his running mate in order to appeal to Latino voters, it would be an “insult to the Hispanic community,” according to President Obama’s senior reelection strategist David Axelrod.
Many in the Republican Party view Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants and a potential vice presidential nominee, as a bridge between conservatives and Latinos. But Axelrod countered that putting Rubio on the ticket will not make up for elements of Romney’s record that are unpopular with Latino voters, such as the hard-line position he adopted on immigration during the GOP primary.
“I think it would be an insult to the Hispanic community to choose Sen. Rubio…if Gov. Romney thinks that’s sort of a get-out-of-jail free card for all of the things and the positions that he’s taken,” Axelrod said during an interview with Univision’s Jorge Ramos that aired on Al Punto Sunday.
Axelrod checked off a laundry list of items in Romney’s record that the Obama campaign has used for months to illustrate the presumptive Republican nominee’s problems with Latino voters: his pledge to veto the current version of the DREAM Act, his alliance with Kris Kobach, a co-author of Arizona’s immigration crackdown law, and his campaign promise to repeal Obama’s healthcare law.
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