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  •  I'm curious to hear from someone more (3+ / 0-)
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    in tune on this subject than I am----how will the Latino community respond to Marco Rubio being the Repub VP candidate?  Because he will be.  Someone commented that there may not be the loyalty there because he's Cuban.  Is that true?

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      Cubans aren't Mexicans.

      La mathematica è l'alfabeto in cui Dio à scritto l'Universo. Galileo Galilei

      by Pyper on Mon Nov 08, 2010 at 09:37:03 AM PST

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    •  It's a touchy issue, yes, but (7+ / 0-)

      an understandable one.

      Many non-Cuban Latinos, and especially Mexican Americans, see the combo "Cuban Republican"  as a major red flag that says "This candidate does not respect us and will use American politics against us." Many Mexican Americans, as well as many South Americans immigrating to the US under similar laws as Mexicans, do not think Cubans respect what they have go through to come to this country, as the history of immigration of Mexicans and Cubans to the US have greatly differed:

      Cubans need only to put one toe on U.S. soil and they are granted automatic provisions on becoming a U.S. citizen.

      Mexicans even though there is a treaty between the United States and Mexico granting special considerations to Mexicans and their descendants, all Mexicans must adhere to immigration law as all other persons from all other countries. Separated by only a line in the sand or river, Mexicans have no consideration for entry by visa other than as required by all other persons in the world, except Puerto Ricans and Cubans.

      Puerto Ricans and Cubans do not have to comply with stringent archaic immigration laws of the United States. Consequently, all persons entering the United States utilize a different Point of Reference than all others except Puerto Ricans and Cubans who are given special preferences resulting in Mexicans and all other Latin Americans treated as outcasts.

      This is a profound significant reason why Puerto Ricans and Cubans do not view the need for Immigration Reform as do Mexicans.

      Cubans and Puerto Ricans have not walked in our shoes therefore don't have a clue of the struggles and tribulations of Mexican Americans.

      Full article: Mexican Americans Agree with Senator Reid, All Republicans Including Cuban Republicans are Racist

      In addition to issues of immigration reform, there are the other issues that Latino voter actually vote on. While it's not good politics to assume Latinos will vote Democrats because they are Latinos, it is good politics to expect them to care more about economy, education, jobs, wages and health care than mere ideology and wedge issues like abortion and gun control the way far too many non-Hispanic voters in the the US do in our present political climate. And with that the Democrats have a far greater advantage in attracting Latino voters. Rubio ran on ideology--that Tea Bagger "Let's Take Our Country Back" ideology that alienates many recent immigrants. And that greatly overshadows anything Rubio said about the issues Latinos really care about. Rubio could have great ideas about education and jobs, but what many Latino voters hear when Rubio talks is, "You don't belong here. I do, but you don't."

      That's a big problem for Rubio, especially now Latinos has proven their strength in a midterm election, no less. Imagine what they can do in 2012!

      (-8.50, -7.64) Conan's back this week! On TBS, weeknights 11/10c! Suck it, NBC!!!

      by croyal on Mon Nov 08, 2010 at 09:42:52 AM PST

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