At his afternoon discussion at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York on Thursday, Florida Republican Sen. and vice presidential front-runner Marco Rubio was asked about the GOP’s Hispanic problem. A recent NBC/Telemundo poll had Barack Obama up an astounding 34 points on Republican challenger Mitt Romney.But Rubio, who is Cuban-American, sees an opening with the growing tide of Hispanic voters he sees in the middle, who could swing either way. For them, he points out the No. 1 issue this election season.
“We have a very compelling message of upward economic mobility,” Rubio said.
Rubio’s message should be the Republican Party’s to Hispanics after today’s dismal jobs report. It found that unemployment hits worse with Hispanics and African-Americans than other groups, two demographics that are absolutely crucial to Obama’s re-election.
Unemployment for Hispanics was up almost a full percentage point when seasonally adjusted — from 10.3 per cent to 11 per cent. Here’s a full look:
Photo: Bureau of labour Statistics
The rate was almost the same for blacks — up to 13.6 per cent from 13 per cent in April, when seasonally adjusted. And for adult men over 20, it was up from 7.5 to 7.8 per cent.
All of which adds to the dismal jobs report already, which Romney has called “devastating” and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor called “pathetic.”
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