In campaign, Romney rarely notes Mexican heritage

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

COLONIA JUAREZ, MEXICO (AP) -- Mitt Romney leaves out one tiny detail as he campaigns to win Florida's Hispanic vote: his Mexican heritage.

The Republican presidential candidate's father, George, was born in Mexico. Extended relatives still live in the border state of Chihuahua. The second-cousins he has never met speak American-accented English and share the family's last name and Mormon faith.

Those who are eligible to vote in the U.S. say they plan to support Romney. They may even donate money to his campaign.

His relatives generally see him as a smart businessman who can lead America's economic turnaround. But they differ on immigration. Romney has taken a tough stance against illegal immigration into the U.S. His relatives say migrants looking for work across the border should be given a legal means to do so.


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2012 at 08:56 AM
    why is it a ok that both romney and newt got deferments from Vietnam, while all the other folks had to go because they were not the privilaged, fortunate sons? Why do we say we love this country, This will defend, we are hawks, but we just love Draft Dodgers? Why? Romney and Newt were both draft dodgers, but somehow we have morphed them into american patriots? Heroes, saviors, true conservatives, too important to serve our country in war, but enough of a patriot to lead our country as commander and chief? Everyone just keep cheer-leading these draft dodgers! The only hope for america are draft dodgers, makes me want to puke. Only one was not a puXXY enough to enlist, that is Ron Paul, say what you want about crazy old ron paul, but........he is not a draft dodger like all your heroes are...
  • by selma farley Location: Grand Junction on Jan 27, 2012 at 12:57 AM
    This is the way I see it. Paul & Santorum are anchors there is no way they can win against Obama. Yes. Gingrich has done good things for the country in his day. but what we need is a Businessman who know the Economy you can say all you want about Romney but he is the only one who can beat Obama and get us out of the economic mess we are in.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2012 at 08:44 AM in reply to selma farley
      good old unelectable Romney, I am glad you pin your hopes to that star, why not pin them on the only one who ever did any military service? why do registered republicans love draft dodgers so much? Why is a socialist with an R by their name (hint Romney) so much better than a socialist with a D by their name (hint BO), signed an independent.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2012 at 10:01 PM
    Good thing we have our media to remind us of our differences.Always the left making a big deal about someones' race, sexuality, gender, etc....
  • by AmericanPatriot. on Jan 26, 2012 at 04:51 PM
    So you think it’s the liberal media bashing Romney, (the Mass moderate)? Hey his heritage is what it is. That’s not bashing. Of course the story didn’t mention the fact that he has either four or five Grandmothers. That would be including the one that his polygamist grandfather married after he fled to Mexico to avoid polygamy charges. And all this time you were worried about his tax return. He flip flopped on Obama care. He flip flopped on abortion. Wanna make a bet that he’ll flip flop on amnesty? Maybe you think I’m with the liberal media. Sorry Charlie, I don’t drink the Kool-aid, I drink tea and march under a yellow flag with the logo, Don’t Tread On Me.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2012 at 05:18 PM in reply to AmericanPatriot.
      As long as there is no opposition to your point of view, then you are a-ok, if someone has a dissenting argument to you, then you spew your venom. you carry the flag of an american patriot, which branch were you in?
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      by Step Forward on Jan 27, 2012 at 01:26 AM in reply to AmericanPatriot.
      Your right we don't need the liberal media to bash Romney. We have you the left wing liberal sheep to the slaughter Idiot to spout the fear monger talking points of the democratic party. Polygamy was legal in Utah until the lake 1800's and many who were in these marriages did not want to abandon their other families and felt going to Mexico was the only way not to abandon those family members. Most returned after a generation. those including Mitt's family never gave up their Citizenship.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2012 at 08:48 AM in reply to AmericanPatriot.
      As i suspected, all talk and no action, must be fortunate son. A true american patriot would back a true patriot that was in the military, ron paul, enuff said.
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        by Silver eagle on Jan 27, 2012 at 02:44 PM in reply to
        Anon, You seem to base your patriotism on service in the military. And you also base your love for Ron Paul on his foreign policy. Yet not being in the medical field, you do not see that Ron is senile. The world cannot exist under his philosophy---taking the adage "no man is an Island", it also applies to countries. We NEED friends in the world and friends help friends so therefore you have foreign aid to friends. It should not be given to countries who hate us, I wonder how old you are, or whether you are as senile as your buddy Ron?
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          by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2012 at 06:09 PM in reply to Silver eagle
          Silver eagle, i am gen x, gramps. I do base patriotism and military service, I do see that paul is nutty, that he was an elitist officer corps and not the regular guy enlisted. I do not have the love of draft dodgers as you, I refuse to enable chickhawk republicans a free ride because they have an R by their name and were too important to go, while my disabled brother in law still has schrapnel in his back. Our foreign policy is a joke, china owns us, the saudis own us, we have awesome allys like the pakistanis, we have peace talks with the taliban. I guess in your shallow world view you think that other countries like america? right, no one in the world likes us, isreal used to, but we are burning that bridge with the only ally we have. Yes, our foreign policy is spot on, nothing wrong here, status quo, all is just F ing great out there. You just keep cheerleading away for Gingrich and Romney, they are about as much as a common man as BO is. Airborne 11B
  • by guest on Jan 26, 2012 at 02:13 PM
    i dont care what nationaity a person is thats running for president but they should be a native born american citizen and ANY one that votes should be a LEGAL citizen , and have to prove it . i do when i go to vote . or any thing else with a legal statis i have to show drivers license and social security card . and ALWAY get asked if i am legal ??????
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      by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2012 at 05:10 PM in reply to guest
      congress, both with an R by their name or a D by their name, vetted BO as an American citizen, I know you believe it to be a big conspiracy, but it is not. But you have every right to be a birther or a conspiracy theorist.
  • by Val Location: Colorado on Jan 26, 2012 at 12:36 PM
    I think I missed something. Just because his father was born in Mexico doesn't mean he is Mexican. Was his family there on a mission? He surely looks white and Romney is doesn't sound mexican.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2012 at 01:49 PM in reply to Val
      No but it means he is Hispanic. Many Hispanics look white. Don't judge a book by its cover.
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        by get a life. on Jan 27, 2012 at 12:37 AM in reply to
        Let's get this right Romneys Grandfather went to Mexico at no time had his family give up their citizenship.Romney's father was born in Mexico but that does not make him Hispanic or Mexican. Going on this premise I'm African American because my great grandmother was born in in Africa when her family went to Africa on a aid mission for 10 years. Lame do I deny my African Heritage No,because there is none. So, Mitt is as much Hispanic as I am African.
  • by voting taxpayer Location: gj on Jan 26, 2012 at 12:24 PM
    Romney is not into race baiting or class warfare.He's not into dividing people,union non-union.No he wants to be president.Which means he represents all americans.Imagine that.But now the liberal new media wants to drag him into the mud.They want to make him as racist and as sleazy as they are.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2012 at 05:08 PM in reply to voting taxpayer
      Unfortunately, he is unelectable, as the independents do not like him. The GOP needs independents to put a president in the white house. The GOP field is very weak, poor choices. If the GOP thinks they can force a weak candidate down the independents throats, then they will find that the independents will not vote at all, even for the lessor of two evils. So just keep on cheer leading!
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        by voting taxpayer on Jan 26, 2012 at 09:10 PM in reply to
        You completely missed my point.Stay angry stay independent.I will be at the voting booth again holding my nose.Obama miss go period
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