Mitt Romney Reaching Out to Latinos?

Washington, DC, May 23, 2012

Mitt Romney outlined his plan to improve America’s schools and called education, the “greatest civil rights issue of our era and our greatest challenge.”  Calling it a “national education emergency,” Mitt Romney said Wednesday that poor and disabled children should be allowed to escape failing public schools by using federal dollars to attend private schools and other alternative settings.

“Let’s not kid ourselves – we are in the midst of a National education emergency,” the Republican Presidential candidate said. “The only reason we don’t hear more about it is because our economic troubles have taken our national attention away from the classroom.”

He also criticized the President’s and the Democratic Party’s relationship with the teachers unions. “Whenever anyone dares to offer a new idea the unions protest the loudest. The teachers unions are one of the Democrats’ biggest donors and one of the president’s biggest campaign supporters,” he said. “So Obama has been unable to stand up to union bosses and unwilling to stand up for our kids

in conjunction with his remarks to the Latino Coalition’s Annual Economic Summit in Washington, DC., Romney released a new white paper on education, called “A Chance for Every Child: Mitt Romney’s Plan for Restoring the Promise of American Education.”

Mitt Romney on Tuesday announced a team of education policy advisers that includes former education secretary Rod Paige and other top appointees from President George W. Bush’s administration.

This is the second time in as many weeks the Romney campaign has reached out to Hispanic voters. Last week, the campaign released their first general election ad in English as well as in Spanish.

The Obama campaign later held a conference call with reporters in response to Romney’s remarks on education reform.

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo poll shows Romney is trailing Obama when it comes to Latino voters. According to the survey Obama holds a 34 point lead over Romney among registered Latino voters 61 to 26 percent. The poll also shows 54 percent of all Latino adults approve of Obama’s handling of the economy.

The Romney campaign had also released a new web video called “Stories from the Obama Economy” Wednesday focusing on the President’s record.

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