The Romney campaign bus rumbled into Las Vegas on Monday. And where did it go? Well, among other places it hit the parking lot of a Hispanic grocery store, where campaign workers spread the word, one-on-one, about how a Romney presidency will help all Americans.
It’s a tough sell. Somehow, the Republican franchise has managed to create the impression that its brand of politics somehow marginalizes the up-and-coming classes of Americans, like Hispanics.
If this story is any indication, maybe Romney can begin to change that.
"Adriana Toscano brought her two children, ages 19 and 9, onto the bus to tell them about the man she wants to see in the White House," the story reports. "Originally from Mexico, Toscano said she believes Romney would do a better job for Hispanics and the country.
"’I believe in him,’ she said. ‘These years with Obama we see not too many changes. Everybody has a right to have soup on the table. We should give him (Romney) the opportunity.’"
Nevada U.S. Rep. Joe Heck joined the bus tour and added:
"We’ve got to get our economy kick-started and get people back to work."
The story continues: "As for winning the Latino vote, it will take the personal touch, Heck added. The congressman has held town hall meetings at Cardenas markets to reach out to Hispanics, he said. ‘That’s part of debunking the myth’ that the Obama economy is working for Latinos, said Heck…"
Now I know that the Obama side of the fence would take issue with just about everything written above. But I think they’d have a hard time refuting convincingly that the Obama years have been anything but bad for Hispanics in America. The real unemployment rate in the United States is 22.9 percent, if you count everyone who wants to work. The unemployment among the Hispanic community (and especially among Hispanic youth) is probably double that.
Obama can talk about "hope". But his prescription for the economy has made things less hopeful.
It’s smart for Romney to reach out to Hispanics. It’s an uphill climb because of the myth that Republicans don’t care. Maybe Romney is the just the guy who can chip away at that big lie.