Viviana Hurtado

Mitt Romney
Election 2012: Can the Republican Party Become a "Latino" Party?

The Republican Party hasn’t done much to attract Latino voters. An alternative to the Democrat’s DREAM Act is rumored to be released soon, with Florida Junior Senator Marco Rubio likely to be the “face” of this proposal. The failed Democratic version puts illegal students brought as children on the path to citizenship if they go to college, enter the military, and have been here for at least five years.


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Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Election 2012: “Latino” Democratic National Convention

When Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was named the chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, the Twitter-verse buzzed with ¡órales! and 'way to go’s.'  This makes the charismatic mayor one of the most high profile Latinos in President Barack Obama 2012 re-election campaign, although not the first Hispanic to chair a political party’s nominating conference.


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Mitt Romney
Election 2012: Mitt Romney’s Latino Problem?

Mitt Romney’s problem may not be the strong challenge to his “inevitable” GOP Presidential nomination Rick Santorum is presenting.  The former Senator from Pennsylvania swept the Mississippi and Alabama primaries, providing proof that southern Evangelical voters don’t believe Romney is conservative enough.  “We did it again!,” triumphantly declared Santorum to cheers on Tuesday night.


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What Super Tuesday Means for Latino Voters
What Super Tuesday Means for Latino Voters

Mitt Romney won six nominating contests on “Super Tuesday,” called this because on this day, ten states hold their primaries or caucuses on the march toward a party naming a Presidential candidate.


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Election 2012: Rick Santorum’s Record and Your Vote

Despite losing Arizona by a lot and Michigan by a hair, Rick Santorum’s standing has surged in the Republican nominating contests, going from being stuck in the single digits to giving frontrunner Mitt Romney a run for his millions.  But with this popularity comes a harsh spotlight on his sixteen year record in Washington as a Congressman, then Senator representing his home state of Pennsylvania.

Are Politicians Afraid to Speak Spanish?


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Election 2012: El Record de Mitt Romney
Election 2012: Based on His Record, Will You Vote for Mitt Romney?

Mitt Romney’s main campaign message is “Restore America,” specifically by growing the U.S. economy and creating jobs.  He argues that he is the leader who can accomplish this goal because of his experience as a political and business leader.  So how did this Republican presidential nominee hopeful do when he ran a state, an Olympics, and a company?  Based on his record, could he be a better President than Barack Obama?


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Election 2012: Can Barack Obama Run On His Record With Latino Voters?

Is our country headed in the right direction?  That’s the question millions of voters are asking themselves. The answer will mean re-election--four more years--for Barack Obama or becoming a “one term” President if his still-to-be-named Republican challenger wins. We decided to take a look at the President’s major achievements and failures, so Latinas can make the best decision when they go to the polls in November.


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Leadership & Language
Are Politicians Afraid to Speak Spanish?

In this week’s Tampa Bay, Florida Republican debate, the question was asked why candidates run ads in Spanish, ostensibly seeking the votes of Spanish speakers, but insist English be the only official language of the U.S. government.

This incident is a perfect example of the complicated relationship that politicians and monolingual Americans have with learning and flaunting that they know another language.


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Election 2012: ¿Mitt or Mitteo Romney?

When Fox News contributor Juan Williams referenced Mitt Romney’s Mexican roots at Monday night’s South Carolina Republican debate, boos erupted from the crowd.  This reaction reflects the complicated relationship between the Republican frontrunner, the GOP, and Latino voters.


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Marco Rubio
Could Marco Rubio Help Mitt Romney Carry the Latino Vote?

Even though the 2012 Republican presidential nominee has not be chosen, Washington, D.C., where I’ve lived for more than five years, is buzzing with this year’s “Veepstakes” parlor game. This is where “insiders,” political big wigs and regular friends make predictions in political columns, out at dinner, or on Facebook about who will be named frontrunner Mitt Romney’s Vice President.  In Las Vegas, actual bets are being placed!


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