Obama tells Piolín: "There is no place in the country where the Latino vote doesn't matter"

Courtesy of The White House

President Barack Obama's interview with Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo just aired on the radio host's number one rated show, Piolín por la Mañana, and Sotelo made it immediately apparent what he would be grilling the president about.

"I'm gonna give you the option, you know, which topic would you like me to begin with.  Multiple choice. Are you ready?" Piolín asked the President. "A.) Immigration reform B.) Immigration reform, C.) Immigration reform or D.) All of the above."

Obama responded with a chuckle, "I think I'll take D.) All of the above. Absolutely."

The President then explained that he needs advocates from both sides of the aisle in congress to get immigration reform passed and that many notable Republicans who once supported reform are now refusing to cooperate. "You've got a rule that says 50 votes is not enough, you have to have a super majority of 60 votes," the President explained. "And what happened was we still have 11 Republicans in the United States Senate who voted for Comprehensive Immigration Reform four years ago, but now are not willing to step up."

Piolín pushed further, saying that it is difficult for Obama to ask Latinos for our votes this midterm election when the President hasn't worked hard enough to achieve comprehensive immigration reform. "There is a notion that somehow if I had worked it hard enough, we could have magically done it," Obama responded. "That's just not the way our system works. If I need 60 votes to get this done, then I'm gonna have to have some support from the other side. If the Latino community decides to sit out this election, then there will be fewer votes and it will be less likely to get done."

When Piolín asked for strategies the Latino community could employ to bring immigration reform about quicker, Obama said: ""The steps are very clear. Pressure has to be put on the Republican Party. Now, you've got a Republican Latino ad that's being run saying to Latinos, don't vote. It's a cynical attempt to discourage Latinos from voting so that Harry Reid, who supports comprehensive immigration reform, would lose because the Latino vote doesn't come out. The woman who's running against him, who opposes comprehensive immigration reform, would win and we would be in much worse shape."

"There is no place in the country where the Latino vote doesn't matter," Obama concluded. "And even if Latinos are gonna support Republicans, they should say to the Republican candidate, the price of our support is you publically saying that you're gonna support comprehensive immigration reform."

Visit www.piolin.univision.com to listen to the show.

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Mariela Rosario,

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