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Nominating Marco Rubio as VP will not help Mitt Romney among Latino voters
While much has been said in the media that Republican darling Marco Rubio, a Cuban-American Senator from Florida, will help Mitt Romney among Latino voters, there is hardly any truth to that. Unfortunately for the Republican Party, Marco Rubio means nothing to 90% of U.S. Hispanic voters.
According to the 2010 U.S. census, there are over 50 million Hispanics living in the U.S. and 60% of them, live in the West Coast. For Hispanics residing in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas (to name a few); Marco Rubio does not represent them. In fact, most Hispanic voters do not identify themselves with him and most do not even know who he is. Of the 50 million Hispanics living in the United States, 64 percent are of Mexican origin while only 4 percent are of Cuban descent. Does the GOP seriously think that someone from the State of Florida with an 8.4 percent Hispanic population (most of which are not Mexican), represents the majority of Latino voters in the U.S.?
Does the Republican Party seriously believe that because Marco Rubio is Hispanic, Latino voters will eat it up like candy? Sorry, GOP. But Latinos have been given "eye candy" by the Obama administration for three years and counting. And sugar-coating it by nominating a Spanish-speaker that does not represent the majority of Hispanic voters, is not the answer.
Mitt Romney holds the key to engaging and attracting Hispanic voters in two aspects: his moderate record as Massachusetts Governor and his own Mexican heritage. Romney's family, who live on the other side of the border, would be great assets on the national stage to help him win Latinos and most importantly, Mexican voters. He does not need Marco Rubio or any other Hispanic VP nominee for that.
If Rick Santorum is able to tone-down the rhetoric and soften his tone, instead of the incendiary comments and agressive tone he used on the presidential campaign trail in the latter months of his candidacy, he would be the obvious VP choice. After all, he earned it by winning over conservatives in many states. Santorum would be an asset to Mitt Romney in convincing not only conservatives, but also Hispanic voters, most of whom are faithful Catholics. Besides, most GOP conservatives would like to see a Romney-Santorum tag team too.
There are also rumors of Jeb Bush as a potential VP nominee. And though he is not Latino, he speaks Spanish fluently. He is revered among Republicans despite the fact that he too has moderate stances on issues that are important to the Latino community, such as immigration reform. Jeb also comes from Florida (an important swing state no doubt) but his wife is Mexican and is expected to be an invaluable asset in attracting the crucial Hispanic and Mexican vote. Though some believe that Jeb's last name may be a liability, his star power outweighs any reservations for moderates and the GOP. And with some work, a Romney-Bush tag team may be able to win over Reagan Democrats and Hispanic voters alike. Undoubtedly, despite party differences, most Americans were much better off during the George W. Bush years, than they are under an Obama administration.