Ann Romney to Jorge Ramos: Latinos must realize they’re suffering under Obama
TAMPA, Fla. — Latino voters should come to the realization they’ve suffered economically under President Obama and consider voting for Mitt Romney, his wife Ann told Univision on Wednesday.
“The Latino community has to recognize that this economy is a very tough economy for a lot of them,” she said during an interview with Jorge Ramos. “So many Latinos are in small business and Mitt’s plan really is a very positive plan.”
Ann Romney delivered a speech Tuesday about the personal side of her husband and their relationship, designed to humanize the candidate who is often cast as stiff and aloof. Republicans hope that the push could help Romney among groups like women and Latinos who support President Obama in greater numbers.
Ramos asked Ann Romney how her husband can connect to Latinos, who as a whole have an average household worth of less than $7,000, when her husband is worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
“What we share is our love for this country and our concern that we want a brighter future for everyone,” she said. “Mitt and I are blessed financially … but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate that people are struggling financially and we do not want to help them, we do.”
The interview also contained lighter moments, such as a discussion about their family’s immigrant backgrounds and Romney’s father’s roots in Mexico. Should Romney call himself Latino, Ramos asked.
“He should,” Ann said with a chuckle. She glanced at her son Craig and added, “he looks Latino, don’t you think?”
“I think so, yeah,” responded Ramos.
Both, however, made it clear that Romney’s father was born in Mexico to American parents.
Ramos even asked the couple which Latinas they would like to meet. Craig, a fluent-Spanish speaker, said he had a few in mind.
“I would love to meet Shakira and Thalia, they are very special singers,” he said in Spanish.
Here’s the full unedited 7-minute interview: