Searching For Latino Support

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 4:15pm

Mitt Romney makes appeal for Latino support at economic forum.

Mitt Romney has turned the presidential race around in Florida, the biggest swing state.

Romney is up by six points in the latest Quinnipiac poll.

Florida is a state with a lot of Hispanic voters.

Republicans figure Romney needs 40% of Latinos to win, but he has just 27% in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo poll.

He appealed for support Wednesday at the Latino Coalition Summit in Washington, not by focusing on immigration reform, but a more urgent issue to many Latino families: Public school education.

"Millions of kids are getting a third-world education and America's minority children suffer the most," Romney said.

The big problem, according to Romney, are powerful teachers unions blocking needed reform.

He charged President Obama is giving the unions a pass because they're big donors to Democrats.

Mr. Obama, meanwhile, was at the commencement ceremony at the U.S. Air Force Academy, reminding graduates who were children on 9/11 that he's ending our role in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"For a decade, we have labored under the dark cloud of war. Now, we can see the light of a new day on the horizon," Mr. Obama said.

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