Viviana Hurtado & Prince Royce, Inauguration and the Arts in Washington D.C.
Políticos: Latinos Celebrate the Inauguration and the Arts in the Nation's Capitol
By Viviana Hurtado | 01/21/2013 - 10:59

I had to get "celebrity-ready" to work my first red carpet at the Latino Inaugural Ball at the Kennedy Center.

Makeup. Check.

Dress. Check.

Miss Texas hair. Check.

Photographer extraordinaire Tricia O. Ortiz. Check.


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Mitt Romney and Barack Obama during the second Presidential Debate
Election 2012 Presidential Debates: Obama and Romney Re-Match
By Viviana Hurtado | 10/17/2012 - 15:00

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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Barack Obama and Mitt Romney during 2012 first Presidential Debate
Election 2012 Presidential Debates: Romney Comes Out Strong
By Viviana Hurtado | 10/04/2012 - 13:05

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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Mitt Romney addresses the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Election 2012: Mitt Romney’s Mother Jones Video & What It Means for His Campaign
By Viviana Hurtado | 09/20/2012 - 15:00

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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Voting, Ballot Box
Election 2012: Hispanic Heritage Month and Your Vote
By Viviana Hurtado | 09/13/2012 - 16:00

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
By Viviana Hurtado | 09/07/2012 - 18:00

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
By Viviana Hurtado | 09/07/2012 - 15:00

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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Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney in Norfolk, Virginia on August 11, 2012
Election 2012: What You Need to Know About GOP VP Pick Paul Ryan
By Viviana Hurtado | 08/13/2012 - 14:00

Mitt Romney was so overcome with emotion while introducing Paul Ryan as his running mate to challenge President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in November, that he bellowed, “the next President of the United States!” Once the snark cleared, this foot-in-your-mouth slip revealed what conservatives are calling a “bold move.” Why? This choice is seen as a play to fire up the conservative base of the Republican party.


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Mitt Romney
Election 2012: Mitt Romney’s Latino Problem?
By Viviana Hurtado | 03/15/2012 - 11:16

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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Leadership & Language
Are Politicians Afraid to Speak Spanish?
By Viviana Hurtado | 01/26/2012 - 16:43

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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