Mitchell Reports | June 21, 2012
>>> a political story will make headlines in the next 24 hours . joining me now is susan paige. the president tomorrow is going to be exactly where mitt romney was today speaking and presumably he'll say mitt romney said he would veto the dream act . that's their basic argument that mitt romney is working around the edges here and talking about comprehensive reform but it's republicans in the senate who have along with democrats not produced the reform that anyone had in the communities been hoping for.
>> think we can assume president obama will get much more enthusiastic welcome from the latino officials. remember when romney tried to build a relationship with latino voters about what he's going to do. he don't refuse to say if he would reverse the executive action that president obama took to keep the young latinos here without fear of deportation for the next go years. he talks about he's going to impose, he'll reach a long term solution but he doesn't say how he'll do that and how he'll do that with voices in his own party that will object posed to letting any illegal immigrant whose are now here stay here.
>> senator mccain , senator graham who have been active in trying to come up with an agreement during the mid-term elections pulled back there was no space on the hill for barack obama , for the white house to do anything.
>> senator rubio said this is a really polarized, politicized issue. a lot of republicans think they are on the wrong side of it, over the long term it will cost them dearly in national elections. but for the moment this is a time when governor romney during the primary said he would not only repeal the dream act he talked favorably of the arizona immigration law that is so detested by so many latino americans and talked about self-deportation. he has a long way to go to mend fences with latino voters.
>> at the same time the president can't count on hispanic-americans being enthusiastic. he certainly improved on that record with what he did last friday but he still has a way to go in getting the real enthusiasm of that base to come out.
>> he promise ad comprehensive bill himself four years ago. he hasn't delivered on that, number of deportations are at record levels. they both have challenges with this voter group that's so crucial. one thing we heard from mitt romney , economy really matters. hispanic has an 11% unemployment rate worse than nonhispanics in the united states . so the argument that the economy isn't doing well enough under president obama is one that resonates with a lot of hispanics.
>> and with other voters as well. that's why we have this closely fought election. neither campaign has been specific on issues. that is the conundrum that critics of the process say.
>> this is an election that matters. if that's the case. a lot of critics are saying talk to us more about what you will do if you win.