The Candidates with Univision

Friday, September 21, 2012

Mitt Romney speaking at the Univision 'Meet the Candidates' Forum (Joe Raedle/Getty)

Pilar Marrero, senior political writer for La Opinión and now author of Killing the American Dream: How Anti-Immigration Extremists Are Destroying the Nation, talks about this week's Presidential forums on Univision with Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama and their messages to Latinos.


Pilar Marrero

Comments [39]

ilegal guerrero from arizona

The repu li ans are now inthe booty kissiing mode well i shower every day and will allow the republicans to put their duty two face mouths anywhere near it im obama unless he dies before elections

Sep. 21 2012 01:58 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

South and Central America are examples of Euro Spanish/Portuguese Cultural Imperialism.

That's how Spanish and Portuguese became the language of those areas.

Sep. 21 2012 11:29 AM
The Truth from Becky

JACK - agreed, that is a good thing that you are not fluent in racism.
JOHN from the O - "Some hispanics are white?", see there is the problem, they may be of a lighter hue but certainly NOT of the white race.

MAN,we gotta get away from this argument over melanin!

Sep. 21 2012 11:08 AM

If more Latinos:

1. respected the country of the us (hang us flags, spoke english, became informed and active citizens and voters, volunteered outside of church)

2. treat the us government and its laws with respect (say thank you to your kids teachers, volunteer at your kid's school, drive according to laws, stop laughing at people who drive and park with pride)

3. treat your neighbors and neighborhoods with respect -- American style (Say hello and give a friendly wave to your neighbors, turn down the radio, don't park on the lawn, only "go to the bathroom" in the bathroom, trash in the trashcan, do not leave your car running for more than three minutes -- in other words, respect local laws)

NOBODY WOULD HAVE ANY PROBLEM WITH LATINOS! As with Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, etc. -- most people do not care about "Latinos," nor anybody else except for themselves. But arrogance and insolence seems to get most peoples' attention, so chill, bro -- and contribute to the comforts of lawfulness that we all cherish and benefit from.

Sep. 21 2012 10:50 AM
BK from Hoboken

@ John from the office-
There are as many different Latinos as there are Europeans. Remember that Cuba was essentially a Spanish speaking United States- it was a white ruled society with black slaves just like we had. I think the Census is stupid for having many subgroups of Hispanics that people could use to identify but a white european can't. A Guatemalan of Native American descent has absolutely nothing in common with white Cuban who is basically Spanish. My wifes father is from Turkey- how should she label that half? should it matter whether he was borm on the Asian or European side of Istanbul? Lol. Is she Asian, European, Middle Eastern, or white? At some point we all need to get past these ridiculous labels- with so much intermarriage now eventually this label stuff won't matter- it can't come soon enough for many of us young people.

Sep. 21 2012 10:43 AM

Why can't the US follow Canada in relaxing immigration process for those who want to open small businesses?

Sep. 21 2012 10:40 AM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

Sorry, Becky...Maybe I should have said 'Cielito Lindo' rather than 'Mammy' but the point that Mr. R's hue was 'enhanced' was the point I was trying to make. I'll take the fact that I botched the parallelism as a sign that I am bad at racial stereotyping. That's a good thing.

Sep. 21 2012 10:40 AM

JoeCorrao, you asked “would a moderator of color ask better questions?”
hopefully they bring a different perspective, which is always a good idea, right?

Sep. 21 2012 10:38 AM
Tiesha from Brooklyn

Blah, blah blah, illegal immigration is wonderful. I'm sorry, but we don't need more competition for low skill labor. We should have a point system like Canada and Europe.

Sep. 21 2012 10:37 AM

Remember and Illegal IMMIGRANT is getting exploited by those who hire them. FINE and JAIL those who hire illegals and deport immigrants.

Sep. 21 2012 10:37 AM

Kudos to Univision for taking a huge step forward to represent Latino voters. Jorge Ramos in particular for essentially saying, "We can't wait".

Sep. 21 2012 10:36 AM

Obama is doing the right thing rounding up those who broke the law to get here and deporting them. Obviously the criminals first, everyone else second.

We do not NEED illegal immigrants. Stop with the ILLEGAL agenda

Sep. 21 2012 10:36 AM
The Truth from Becky

Self Deportation - translation, get out before we kick you out! Read between the lines people.

Sep. 21 2012 10:35 AM

What is a Latino? We don't have a category for all Europeans. Every country in this hemisphere that speaks some for of spanish has their own dialect, food and culture. Tell a Cuban that they are the same a Puerto Rican or Mexican and see what they say.

Sep. 21 2012 10:34 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Sorry John but "White" Americans may disagree.

Sep. 21 2012 10:34 AM
The Truth from Becky

Isn't this the second minority audience he has been "booed" in front of?

Sep. 21 2012 10:34 AM

WHY aren’t we turning out more STEM graduates !!!

Sep. 21 2012 10:33 AM

...although, BO has probably deported more Latinos than any previous President.

Sep. 21 2012 10:33 AM
BK from Hoboken

Why no discussion of the difference in immigration stands (and overall republican vs democrat support) among Latinos? It is easy for a Marco Rubio to stand tough on immigration issues because he is Cuban American. I believe the law is that Cubans get citizenship on arrival (or is it legal status with a road to citizenship?).
There is a reason that the vast majority of Latino republicans are Cuban. They don't have to face these policies that tear apart families from other Latin American countries.
This is a huge difference in a bloc that often gets lumped together.

Sep. 21 2012 10:32 AM

What the hell do Latinos see in a party/candidate that couldn't care less about them??

Sep. 21 2012 10:31 AM

Suki- thanks for the correction. and to be clear, ILLEGAL is ILLEGAL.

Sep. 21 2012 10:30 AM

If mittens was latino, he would not have the benefits of being white, the son of a governor, that old Harvard network. SO no he would not be doing better if he were a latino

Sep. 21 2012 10:28 AM
John from office

Mittens had on a Ricky Ricardo Tan for the event. Should have worn a sombero. MITTENS WAKE UP AND SMELL THE TACOS!!!!

Am I blind or are the to Univision reportes white, because they speak spanish they are now people of color, HUMMMMM

Sep. 21 2012 10:25 AM

would a moderator of color ask better questions?

Sep. 21 2012 10:25 AM
The Truth from Becky

Yeah right the President should have addressed the hispanic agenda rather than the financial collapse of the nation that would send us into a recession...right. Well go ahead an vote repub they will address the immigration issue straight away, have your paperwork in order.

Sep. 21 2012 10:24 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

This caller understands that Mitt wants him to speak English and probably "self-deport" right?

Sep. 21 2012 10:22 AM

illfg - it's "here." Not "hear."

Sep. 21 2012 10:21 AM

you don't think that gvt guaranteeing student loans and Pell Grants causes tutition to go up?

Sep. 21 2012 10:19 AM
Jeff Pappas from Dumbo

The only reason I can think of why non profit college cost rise so much is so that folks feel the only way to afford it is to Invest in wall St ergo Corporate Greed

Sep. 21 2012 10:19 AM
The Truth from Becky

Really Brian? You cut him off to say that? *eye rolling*

JACK - get your racist stereotypes correct, he was in front of a latino audience, they assimilate white not Black.

Sep. 21 2012 10:18 AM
john from office

Brian, some hispanics are white. Just because you have a Z at the end of your name does not make you "light Skinned".

When you watch Spanish news you think the recruit the news people from Norway.

Sep. 21 2012 10:17 AM
AnneNJ from NJ

Mitt still gives himself away in his choice of words: "We just found out..." precedes his statistic on the number of people who have gone on food stamps. He's trying out a new dance move: "The 99 percent scramble."

Sep. 21 2012 10:15 AM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

Any opinion on Mitt's obvious use of 'man tan' to look a little ruddier than his usual tone? Thought for a moment that he would start singing 'Mammy'.

Sep. 21 2012 10:15 AM

More people are on unemployment or food stamps because the great recession, which was cause by vulture capitalists. why would anyone (expect for the rich) vote for mittens?

Sep. 21 2012 10:14 AM
Jeff Pappas from Dumbo

Romnicon is an Arrogant , Jingoistic, Hypocritical un- empathetic robot who's software is seriously flawed.

Sep. 21 2012 10:13 AM

Tired of hearing about the latino vote in regard to immigration. IF YOU ARE HEAR ILLEGALLY, YOU ARE AN ILLEGAL ALIEN AND SHOULD BE REPORTED. Sorry. immigrants with education and degrees have a hard time coming and staying in America. Why should someone who is hear ILLEGALLY jump in front of those immigrating legally? Children of illegal aliens, thank your parents for doing everything wrong to get you here.

Sep. 21 2012 10:13 AM
john from office

I thought Mittens did not want to house and feed "free loaders". So now he likes food stamps?? Call Ryan right now!!

Sep. 21 2012 10:13 AM
john from office

Why has there not been any mention of Mitts "Mexican" and If I were Mexican I would do better comment.

Sep. 21 2012 10:10 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

First real interview…. OBVIOUSLY UNIVISION DIDN’T READ THE MEMO…that the MSM/NPR sycophants follow-

Miami Herald,, Daily Caller-

“President Obama grilled on failed immigration promise, ‘Fast and Furious’ program and attacks in Egypt, Libya
During an hourlong interview on the Spanish-language network Univision, President Barack Obama got hammered with questions over his broken promise to get a comprehensive immigration bill through Congress.”

“Obama pressed on failures at Univision forum”

“Obama slammed on Fast and Furious in Spanish-language TV interview: Shouldn’t you ‘fire’ Holder?”


Sep. 21 2012 10:04 AM

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