In Miami, Romney Connects With His Segment Of Latinos

Sep 19, 2012

Hundreds braved punishing heat and humidity at El Palacio de los Jugos for a glimpse of Mitt Romney.
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Mitt Romey made a stop at El Palacio de los Jugos, or the Palace of Juice, to reach out to Republican Latinos.

El Palacio is a popular Latino spot located on Coral Way in Miami.

Romney was met with an excited crowd at the event. However, experts will probably tell you that this isn't exactly a sign that Romney has a lock on the Hispanic vote.

In fact, polling shows that he doesn’t. With Latinos as a whole, Romney is doing best with South Florida's Cuban Republicans.

Barry University political scientist Sean Foreman said that is who you heard chanting at Romney’s event.

“These are the hard core Republican supporters, the people who are going to come out in the hot sun in the middle of August to see their candidate,” Foreman said.

Foreman also claimed the fervor doesn’t even have much to do with Romney.

“It’s not so much excitement about Romney as it is for all of the Republican candidates which typically run really well in the Cuban community,” he said.

Romney’s success with Cuban-Americans also hinges on whether people make a big a deal out of a vote once cast by Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan, in favor of ending the Cuba embargo.

Former Miami Congressman Lincoln Diaz Balart told the crowd that Ryan now understands his error and has been pardoned.

“I know very well the kind of friend of the cause of freedom in Cuba that Paul Ryan is,” he said.