Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are both making a play for the roughly 12 million Latino voters expected to cast ballots this year, but does either candidate have the huevos to make a full pander to America's fastest growing demographic? Let's find out…
Personal Appearance. While President Obama has an advantage in the melanin department, Romney more than makes up his ground with a head of hair rivaling any telenovela leading man. But it's not what you got, it's what you do with it. Examine the photograph above, taken at the Univision debate last night in Coral Gables and tell me Romney perform a leveraged buyout of John Boehner's tanning kit in an effort to appear more Hispanic. Yes, Romney's skin is as insincere as his views, but the man is trying.
Dining Preferences. President Obama has a family chili recipe and orders the spicy version of dishes at Mexican restaurants. Romney reportedly pulls the cheese off his pizza. This round goes to Obama.
Aspirations. "I mentioned my dad, my dad was born in Mexico of Americans parents living there. At age 5 or 6 there was revolution," Romney said at a Juntos con Romney rally. Indeed, he did mention that before, during a closed-door fundraiser, where he joked "My dad was born in Mexico, and had he been born of Mexican parents, I'd have a better shot at winning this." Obama doesn't even want to be Mexican.
We can only conclude that Romney will be the first Hispanic candidate to lose more than 60% of the Hispanic vote.
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