Newt Gingrich is Learning Spanish

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Newt Gingrich is the second Republican to come out this week with an appeal of support aimed at the Latino community. After Jeb Bush came out this weekend opposing Arizona's SB 1070, Newt Gingrich announced that he's spent months learning how to speak Spanish in order to reach out to potential Latino voters when he begins his campaign for the 2012 presidential election.

Gingrich also started a web-based political organization catering to Latino interests called Americanos. And he recently announced his desire to to embrace a conservative version of the "comprehensive immigration reform," which Democrats and President Barack Obama have been pushing for years.

The potential Republican candidate for the presidential nomination hasn't been quiet about voicing his criticism of the Republicans nativist, anti-immigrant policies either. He recently voiced support for a partial legalization program for the estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants already in the country, saying, "We can't deport everybody."

Though only time will tell if these efforts will yield any results from Latino voters come 2012, it's seems like Republicans may be making more of an effort to court us than Democrats, who have long enjoyed and may be taking our votes for granted.

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Mariela Rosario,

I'm a raging opinionista and I love to share my ramblings on everything from pop culture to food to stuff that makes me laugh & cry! I've worked in all types of media (TV, film, print) and was previously the online editor at Latina magazine before joining Mamás Latinas. On most nights you can find me working my way through my library of cookbooks or playing with my puppy Lola (my only child so far). I have a wonderful hubby who shares my passion for any and all kinds of travel. Together, we've formed a semi-professional wine drinking team.

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