Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's gap with President Barack Obama among female Latino voters is beyond insurmountable.
According to a new poll by Latino Decisions reported by The Hill, President Barack Obama holds a commanding lead over his Republican challenger among Latino voters 68% to 26%, a 42-point edge that makes virtually impossible for the former governor of Massachusetts to snatch the Latino vote away from Obama by Election Day.
And when it comes to female voters, among this increasingly critical demographic, the picture is even more dire for the Romney/Ryan ticket. Obama leads Romney among Latinas by a 74%-21% percent margin, a staggering 53-point advantage.
Obama's Republican challenger is trying however to chip away at the president's lead with a speech on Monday afternoon to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles, California, where the former CEO of Bain Capital will hit his incumbent rival on issues relevant to the Hispanic community as framed by the overriding issue of the economy that Romney has tried to make a staple ever since he started campaigning for the 2012 election.
“No one is exempt from the pain of this economy, but the Hispanic community has been particularly hard-hit,” Romney plans to say. “While national unemployment is 8.1 percent, Hispanic unemployment is over 10 percent. Over 2 million more Hispanics are living in poverty today than the day President Obama took office,” will say Romney according to prepared remarks that were made available beforehand.
But the former governor of Massachusetts attacks won't be limited to the economy. According to the same remarks Romney will blast Obama on immigration.
“Candidate Obama said that one of his highest priorities would be to fix immigration in his first year in office. Despite his party having majorities in both houses of Congress, the president never even offered up a bill,” Romney will say. “Like so many issues confronting our nation, when it comes to immigration, politics has been put ahead of people for too long,” Romney said.
Meanwhile, the Obama campaign responded to Romney's attacks with a web ad called "Extreme Makeover: Campaign Edition," mocking Romney's recent Latino outreach as one of his "most implausible makeovers yet."