Mitt, Marco, and the DREAM Act

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It's no secret that Mitt Romney is having a hard time courting Hispanic voters. MSNBC reports: "According to last month's NBC/WSJ/Telemundo oversample of Latinos, this demographic negatively viewed both Romney (26%-35% fav/unfav) and the GOP (22%-40%), while it positively viewed President Obama (58%-23%) and the Democratic Party (51%-19%). What’s more, per this oversample, Obama led Romney by a whopping 34 points in a head-to-head match-up, 61%-27%."  

Say, what could help those numbers?  Rumors have long been floating around that Florida Senator Marco Rubio is on the short list of Romney campaign Vice Presidential nominee choices.  Not a bad idea, in my opinion.  Rubio's from a southern state, he's young and enthusiastic, and he's popular in Florida, which is an important state in any presidential election (hanging chads, anyone?).

Rubio is clearly a skillful politician. He has served in elected office from a young age and has progressed through the leadership in the Florida House of Representatives to become one of the country's most notable Hispanic GOP leaders.  People obviously like him.  

So what's the catch? 

The problems with choosing Rubio as VP candidate is that he is too knowledgable and entrenched in the immigration debate.  He has concrete ideas of his own, ones that he has communicated at a national level with some amount of credibility.  Romney, on the other hand, has campaigned merely on an anti-illegal immigration stance in past elections.  He has also said publicly that he would veto the DREAM Act, legislation that would allow illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as minors to stay in the country if they've graduated from high school and either attend college or join the military.  As Rubio himself pointed out, Republicans needs to express a pro-immigration strategy and not just fling around anti-illegal immigration rhetoric.  Selection of Rubio as Romney's running mate will only further highlight Romney's inability to effectively and consistently communicate his immigration policy agenda.

Photo Attribution:  By State of Florida [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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