Monday, April 16, 2012

Romney thinks GOP DREAM Act can woo Hispanics

NBC's Garrett Haake was also lurking outside of Mitt Romney's ostensibly private fundraising event last night, and dishes on Mitt's expected push for Hispanics.

Romney said the GOP must offer its own policies to woo Hispanics, including a "Republican DREAM Act," referring to the legislative proposal favored by Democrats that would offer illegal immigrants a limited path to citizenship, to give Hispanic voters a real choice between parties.

Romney nonetheless predicted that, by November, the economy would trump immigration as a driving issue for Hispanic voters, and he vowed also to remind the Hispanic community that, despite promises of comprehensive immigration reform by Obama, Democrats ultimately fell short in passing legislation in their two years in control of Congress and the White House at the start of the president's term.

Marco Rubio has worked out a GOP alternative to the Dream Act, but it's unclear how receptive Hispanics will be toward it.

What's undeniable, though, is that the proposal's best spokesman on these issues is Rubio himself, and it might take a Rubio spot on the ticket to really make the sell.