In the same video that appeared in a Digital Journal
article on Monday, Romney says
"My dad, as you probably know, was the governor of Michigan and was the head of a car company. But he was born in Mexico ... and uh, had he been born of uh, Mexican parents, I'd have a better shot at winning this. But he was unfortunately born to Americans living in Mexico. He lived there for a number of years. I mean, I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino."
A recent Huffington Post
report points out that during primary season Romney took a harsh stance on immigration, suggesting that he'd make life so unbearable for those in the U.S. without papers that they would "self-deport."
Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, D-San Antonio, issued a statement regarding Romney saying it would be helpful to be Latino. The statement said
“It’s not about being a Latino that would make Romney a better candidate,” Gonzalez said. “Latinos, and all Americans, look at the substance of a candidate’s proposals to determine who is the better candidate and who best represents the priorities of their community. That is why upon examining the policies willingly supported by Romney on the economy, health care, and immigration, Latinos overwhelmingly support President Obama.”
Rep. Gonzalez was not only critical of Romney's statement, but also for the policies he is campaigning on.
states that later in the video Romney admits Republicans are having a hard time with Hispanic voters, saying:
“We are having a much harder time with Hispanic voters, and if the Hispanic voting bloc becomes as committed to the Democrats as the African-American voting bloc has in the past, why, we're in trouble as a party and, I think, as a nation."