Election 2012: 3 Tactics Mitt Romney Is Using To Gain The Latino Vote

The Latino vote means more than ever for the upcoming 2012 Election, and presidential candidates like Mitt Romney have softened their rhetoric towards the Latino community to help obtain more support at the polls. Although the Republican candidate has proven to underperform within the Latino community, specifically with comments against Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and vetoing the DREAM Act, he has still managed to win the GOP primaries in Illinois, Florida, and Puerto Rico.

How has Mitt Romney been gaining Latino support? Here are three of his tactics:

1. Kind of Supporting The Dream Act: Romney has strongly opposed The Dream Act, which would grant conditional permanent residency to undocumented immigrants who wish to obtain a higher education degree in the U.S. During his term as the governor of Massachusetts, he vetoed the bill and said that special treatment for “people who come here illegally” is totally out of the question.

However, Romney has softened his rhetoric since experiencing a lot of backlash from the Latino community. According to a poll by Univision, 84% of Latinos support the bill. Now the presidential candidate believes that the Dream Act should support immigrants, who serve on our military. "I am delighted with the idea that people who come to this country and wish to serve in the military can be given a path to become permanent residents in this country," he said.

2. Sugarcoating the Deportation of Illegal Immigrants: Romney has spoken against granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants in the U.S. Inside of saying he supports deportation, the Republican candidate came up with the term “self-deportation,” which is a sugarcoated way of saying that Latinos will have no other choice but to leave the U.S. because they won’t be able to find work without having their papers. "For the great majority, they'll be going home,” said Romney.

3.  Being Cool With El Español: Republican candidate Rick Santorum pretty much lost the Puerto Rico GOP primary for his ‘English for Puerto Rico’ comment. Mitt Romney used his failure as an opportunity to express that he’s cool with bilingualism and el español. "I don't have preconditions that I would impose," said Romney. He added during the Puerto Rico GOP primary, "English has been an official language of Puerto Rico for 100 years and I think selecting the words of your governor, Spanish is the language of Puerto Rico's heritage, English is the language of opportunity."