Obama expected to get a warmer reception from Latino group than Romney
By VICTORIA JONES
Talk Radio News Service
WASHINGTON -P resident Obama will address the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials in Florida today in a wide ranging speech that will definitely include immigration and his expansion last week of the policy of discourage deportation of certain illegal immigrants. He’s likely to get a warmer welcome than presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney who was greeted with tepid applause Thursday when he addressed the same crowd.
Romney was short on specifics and didn’t say, again. whether he would maintain the new immigration policy. Nor did he give many details about what would be in a more comprehensive immigration plan should he win the White House.
He said he wants a “long term solution” and to “reach across the aisle” to work with Congress. His speech focused overwhelmingly on the economy, which polls say is the number one issue for Hispanics.
Romney had some specifics in the speech and his campaign added new proposals after he spoke, including language to raise caps on visas from specific countries – although he didn’t say which ones – and proposals to streamline the legal immigration process. He said military veterans should be allowed to stay in the country and added that he would change the green card system to allow families to stay together.
When Romney vowed to overturn Obama’s health care law, only a handful of people applauded, and one man booed.
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