US election 2012: Mitt Romney wins the Latino vote
As a relatively moderate white 64-year-old Mormon from Michigan with a
quarter-billion dollar fortune, who is frequently derided as the archetypal
country club Republican, Mr Romney would not seem to be the obvious choice
for the feistily Right-wing Cuban-American exiles of Miami and its suburbs.
Mr Gingrich, the former House Speaker and Mr Romney’s main rival, is like many
of them a Catholic and styles himself as a populist conservative. His
aggressive promise of a ‘Cuban spring’, stopping short only of killing the
Castro brothers, should have won over the families who fled the revolution
on the Caribbean island in 1961.
Mr Gingrich even used a Spanish-language radio advertisement to tie Mr Romney
to President John F. Kennedy, whom the exiles never forgave for the
disastrous US invasion of the Bay of Pigs. “Mitt Romney is a government
liberal,” the ad narrator told listeners at a rapid speed. “From the state
of, and similar to, Kennedy”.
Yet the attack fell flat. The stark contrast between the enthusiasm for the
two candidates was summed up by a Gingrich rally in a Catholic church just
outside Orlando last weekend. Arriving an hour late, he was greeted by a
darkened room less than one-third full. “Callista and I want to come out and
get a photo with each and every one of you,” he said. It was an eminently
Hispanic voter after Hispanic voter told The Daily Telegraph roughly the same
thing about the twice-divorced self-confessed adulterer. “I prefer a man who
is a good father, a good husband,” said Raisa Centuriun, 75, at a Romney
rally in downtown Miami. “Gingrich’s ex-wife showed us that he did not have
our family values”.
Proudly brandishing their 42-year loving marriage, and grinning brood of five
sons and 16 grandchildren, the Romneys can sometimes appear other-worldly to
some sections of the electorate. However their solid
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