Romney Addresses Latino Business Leaders
With Latino support of the GOP lagging in the polls, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrived in downtown Los Angeles Monday morning to address the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's 33rd annual national convention.
The appearance comes hours after the Romney campaign released two 30-second advertisements promoting his plan to aid small business owners and boost the economy.
The convention "provides an important forum for Governor Romney to address key economic issues that directly impact the country's three million Hispanic-owned businesses," said Nina Vaca, the chamber's chairman of the board.
Polls show the Democrats have the support of nearly 70 percent of Latino voters, with 25 percent supporting Republicans. Romney's new advertisements promote his "tax policies, regulation, and health care policies that help small businesses".
The chamber invited both presidential candidates of the two major parties to speak at the convention. President Obama will not be in attendance, and instead will be campaigning in Ohio.
The Obama campaign released a two-minute video today criticizing Romney's campaign to gain the support of Latino voters.
Obama labeled Romney's efforts as one of the "most implausible makeovers yet." He referenced Romney's plan to veto the DREAM act, which would give illegal immigrants who arrived in the country as minors opportunities for permanent residence.
Romney's address comes on the back-end of the four-day conference. The US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is the umbrella organization of over 200 local Hispanic chambers in the US and Puerto Rico.