Cristina Saralegui, the popular Latina television host who has been referred to as the “Hispanic Oprah,” will speak at the Democratic National Convention, according to the DNC and the Obama for America campaign. Saralegui as well as actress Eva Longoria will join a roster of speakers during the three-day event which takes place in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4th through 6th.
In June, Saralegui publicly endorsed President Barack Obama. “You’ve had our back, and now, with utmost respect and admiration, I have yours.” The Cuban-American television and radio talk show host added that ”President Obama is a principled man who has worked hard to put healthcare and a good education in the reach of millions of Americans, and believes that everyone who works hard and plays by the rules, should have a fair shot at the American dream.”
Both the Republican and the Democratic parties have been highlighting the high-profile speaking roles of Latinos at the upcoming conventions. At the Republican convention next week, Puerto Rican First Lady Lupe Vela Fortuño is scheduled to introduce Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann Romney. Florida Senator Marco Rubio has a prominent role as the speaker introducing Mitt Romney. At the Democratic convention, San Antonio, Texas Mayor Julián Castro has a starring role as the keynote speaker, and he will also introduce First Lady Michelle Obama.