Viviana Hurtado

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Election 2012: On Tuesday, the Latina Vote Can Make History

These days every time I turn on the TV or radio, I hear an anchor, a campaign operative or an analyst telling us:

“This is the most important election in your lifetime.”

Really?

Why?

I’ll leave it to the experts to parse out history, data, and economic models.

Instead, I’m going to laser focus on Latinos and the women of our community. Hispanics have been an integral part of this country, in parts of the Southwest, since before the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.


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Mitt Romney and Barack Obama during the third Presidential Debate
Election 2012: The Last Presidential Debate

The table that divided President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney did not adequately capture how far apart their visions are on America’s role in the world. How to deal with friend Israel or foe Iran, trade with an emboldened China, and troop withdrawals from Afghanistan are some of the issues where their differences emerged. Both men threw in some domestic issues in the last debate devoted to foreign policy, full well knowing that most Americans are more focused on the economy at home than China’s.


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Mitt Romney and Barack Obama during the second Presidential Debate
Election 2012 Presidential Debates: Obama and Romney Re-Match

This was the debate between the two men vying to be President Americans were waiting for. President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney sparred on domestic and foreign policy, at times interrupting and talking over each other, hurling accusations of their alleged respective failures and even getting in each other’s faces. Moderator Candy Crowley from CNN acted much like an older sister letting younger brothers resolve their differences, but heading off a fight with firm “if I could have you sit down!”


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Joe Biden and Paul Ryan during the Vice Presidential Debate
Vice Presidential Debate 2012: Biden vs. Ryan

It was the sizzling, red meat debate millions of Americans expected but did not get last week between President Barack Obama and challenger Governor Mitt Romney. Vice-President Joseph Biden, Jr. and his Republican opponent Congressman Paul Ryan fired away on issues ranging from foreign policy, the economy, jobs, Medicare, and women’s reproductive rights.


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Barack Obama and Mitt Romney during 2012 first Presidential Debate
Election 2012 Presidential Debates: Romney Comes Out Strong

The pressure was on Mitt Romney to deliver a strong performance at the first presidential debate before the millions of Americans who tuned in. He showed up with his “A” game. President Obama, some would say, did not.


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Election 2012: Register to Vote Before the Deadline

Registering to vote is a crucial first step in fulfilling not just your duty as a U.S. citizen, but it’s important to look past the media hype and ask yourself why is this election important?

Because of 2010 – it’s not just when the Tea Party showed their power in the House of Representatives, it's when the Latino population boom was confirmed by the 2010 U.S. Census. On top of that, our buying power tops (fasten your seat belts) $1 trillion dólares.


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Mitt Romney addresses the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Election 2012: Mitt Romney’s Mother Jones Video & What It Means for His Campaign

Mitt Romney has somewhat of a reputation for putting his foot in his mouth. But when the liberal magazine Mother Jones posted the video of the 2012 Republican presidential nominee calling 47 percent of Obama voters “freeloaders,” political junkies, average Americans, and campaign strategists gasped.


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Election 2012: Hispanic Heritage Month and Your Vote

You could say that Hispanic Heritage Month (which is the only “celebration” that actually straddles two months – from mid-September to mid-October) started earlier this year, with the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Rolling out San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro as the DNC keynote speaker and Florida Junior Senator Marco Rubio to introduce Mitt Romney was proof that Latinos are a hot ticket item before a tight election. 


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Barack Obama speaks at the Democratic National Convention
Election 2012: President Obama Asks for Your Vote

When Barack Obama took the stage at the 2012 Democratic National Convention (DNC), he accepted his re-nomination for President, making the case for why Americans should re-elect him. The signature Obama rhetoric that reached for the sky gave way to a speech grounded in policy of what has been done and what’s left to put the country back on track.


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Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention
Election 2012: (Re)-Introducing Barack Obama

If voters had any doubt about Barack Obama, the 2012 Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina seeks to cast them away. Speaker after speaker has been tasked with personalizing the President, standing up for his character, and arguing in different ways why he is the best choice in November.


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