Now that Tim Pawlenty has quit the race for the GOP presidential nomination, it serves to take a look at the anti-Latino rhetoric that’s still alive in the race. We’ve written previously about Pawlenty’s anti-Latino policies and quasi-racist video about immigrant terrorists.
There’s Rick Perry, who we wrote extensively last week when he announced his presidential ambitions has not been any kind of friend to Latinos in the state of Texas, especially when it comes to education, the economy, voter ID or law enforcement issues.
One of our contributors, El Guapo, wrote a satire about Michelle Bachmann’s ideas about immigrants, and then it turns out that she hates immigrants more than anyone else, according to a NumbersUSA poll. Finally we have Mitt Romney, who has Mexican roots, is anti-immigration, sometimes anti-Spanish but has no problem hiring workers without papers to mow his lawn.
It’s a rough terrain out there for conservative voters, I know I’m not alone in wishing that we had a more competitive field. Perhaps if we had real candidates talking about real issues, instead of simply pandering to particular segments of the electorate, we would get all our politicians to listen to voters instead of each other.
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[Photo Courtesy Office of Governor Tim Pawlenty]