Michelle Obama: Hispanic Vote-Play in Run-up to Convention Address

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First Lady Michelle Obama during a sound check at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

This is first lady Michelle Obama’s night on stage.

This also is a convention at which Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio, Texas, will deliver the keynote address.

So the Democratic Party is playing a political two-fer with a Web video in the run-up to the first lady’s Democratic National Convention address tonight based on her campaigning in the Latino community: President Barack Obama holds an advantage among both women and Hispanic voters, polls show — a 2-1 advantage over Republican Mitt Romney among Hispanics.

Obama “cares about Hispanic families,” one woman says in the ad.

“Barack Obama knows the American dream because he’s lived it,” his wife says. “When there’s a choice about our children’s future… you know where Barack Obama stands. When it comes time to stand up for our workers and our families… you know what Barack Obama’s gonna do.”

Obama carried 67 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2008, with Republican John McCain winning 31 percent, exit polling showed.  Obama won 56 of women voting, McCain 43 percent. A survey by Latino Decisions this summer found Obama supported among 65 percent of Hispanic voters surveyed, Romney 26 percent — the same group found a modest “bump” for Romney after his party’s convention, with 30 percent support. Obama holds a 12-point advantage over Romney among women.


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