TAMAPA, FL. (CNN) – Both sides of the campaign trail convened in Florida this week, coinciding with a major meeting of a key demographic. The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials is comprised of more than 6-thousand Latino voters.
President Obama carried Latino voters in 2008 and rallied the crowd Friday in hopes of a repeat.
But Mitt Romney had already left a strong impression.
Elizabeth Corridan explains how the candidates are courting the Latino vote.
President Obama touched down in Florida Friday and tackled a hot button issue with the Latino community immigration.
Last week, the president unveiled an executive order allowing children of undocumented migrants to work in the United States and avoid deportation.
I refused to keep looking young people in the eye and tell them tough luck the politics is too hard.
Latinos overwhelmingly supported Obama in 2008.
Republican Mitt Romney is hoping to stifle a repeat performance come November.
He spoke to the same crowd Thursday saying he would replace the president’s immigration order with his own long-term bi-partisan solution but did not offer specifics.
The GOP challenger instead argued the president’s economic record is the greatest threat Latinos face.
Over two million more Hispanics are living in poverty today than the day when President Obama took office.
A rumored Romney running mate carried a similar theme.
The vast majority of us do not wake up in the morning and think about immigration all day. We wake up in the morning and have the same hopes, the same fears as everyone else in this country.
For his part, the president acknowledged that there is still more work to be done when it comes to the economy.
That’s what this election is about. Who are we fighting for? What vision of America do we believe in?
And as the Latino population continues to grow in America, both parties will continue to court its vote, while searching for the answers to some of those pressing questions.
I’m Elizabeth Corridan reporting.