Romney would “have a better shot of winning this” if he were running a more inclusive campaign. He turned off many potential Latino voters during the GOP primaries, when he staked out his positions on immigration. He vowed to veto the DREAM Act, called Arizona’s stringent illegal-immigration law a “model for the nation,” and championed the idea of “self-deportation.”
Although he appeared before several Hispanic groups last week and pledged to “fix the immigration system and make it work for the people of America,” he did not offer many specifics. Romney still refuses to say whether he would continue President Obama’s deferred action policy for immigrants brought here illegally as children.
Romney apparently believes that being Latino would be “helpful” to his campaign. But being Mexican-American didn’t help former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson when he ran for president in 2008. He never clicked with Hispanics or any significant number of voters; he dropped out of the race after the New Hampshire primary.