Romney Campaign Highlights Hispanic Unemployment In Web Video

By: CNN Posted By Doug Brown
By: CNN Posted By Doug Brown

(CNN) – The battle for Hispanic voters continued Tuesday with a web video from Mitt Romney's campaign rebutting Spanish-language advertisements from President Barack Obama's campaign, calling his record "dismal" for Latinos.

The video features footage from the Obama ads, and translates the comments of a supporter from one of the videos. "We know that we're on the right path," she says, but the Romney campaign asks if that is really the case.

Romney will advance the message at his Tuesday event in Fort Worth, Texas, his campaign told reporters. Just over one-third of the Fort Worth population is Hispanic, according to census data.

The video highlights unemployment among Latinos, saying "Since Obama took office, unemployment for Hispanics is up." While the unemployment rate for Hispanic voters has declined – from 11% in January 2009 to 10.4% in the latest May numbers, spiking in January 2010 at 13.9% - the number of unemployed Latinos has actually risen, from 2,194,000 in January 2009 to 2,700,000 in May of this year.

The video also showcases poverty numbers and unemployment among minority groups generally.

Also Tuesday afternoon, Romney's wife, Ann, campaigns at a Miami restaurant which specializes in "authentic Cuban and Spanish cuisine."

While Latinos make up only 16% of the U.S. population, their numbers have increased by 43% since the 2000 census, and by 2050, Latinos are expected to make up 29% of the U.S. population by 2050. In 2008, nearly 60% of Hispanics were registered to vote.

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