There is a saying in Spanish that says, “Dime con quién andas, y te diré quién eres.” (Tell me whom you walk with, and I’ll tell you who you are.) So we thought it might be helpful to tell you about 10 Latino campaign surrogates who have been working hard to convince you to vote for their candidate.
Let’s take a look at the opinions of 10 Latino notables on who they are backing and why:
Eva Longoria, the Mexican-American actress who played the sassy Gabrielle Solis in “Desperate Housewives,” dedicated most of 2012 to being co-chair of Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. She spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC in September focusing on Hispanic and women issues. According to OpenSecrets.org, she contributed the maximum of $5,000 to Barack Obama, joining fellow actor Leonardo DiCaprio and spiritual guru Deepak Chopra.
“It doesn’t matter if we’re Latino, Black, Pink, White…We’re all Americans at the end of the day,” said Pitbull before introducing President Obama.
In September, the tireless 82-year-old Chicana civil rights activist Dolores Huerta took to the campaign trail with President Obama to urge North Carolina Hispanics to vote for him.
“We know the president won this state in the last election thanks to Latinos,” Huerta said in an interview with Efe. “If we come out to support him again, together with women, young people and African-Americans, we’ll win again.”
She also wrote a feisty op-ed in the Huffington Post saying Romney disrespectfully calls Latinos “illegals” and will veto the DREAM Act if he won the presidency.
Cristina Maria Saralegui is a Cuban-American journalist, actress and talk show host of a Spanish-language show which aired internationally, Cristina, otherwise known as “the Latina Oprah.” She even acted on two episodes of “George Lopez.” Today, she campaigns with President Obama, and spoke at the Democratic National Convention in September, focusing on the DREAMers and “the students who study and do their homework.”
Narciso Rodriguez, fashion extraordinaire, not only supports President Obama, he also loves to dress his wife.
“It’s been great seeing the First Lady in my designs. It has had an immeasurable impact on the business. It’s brought attention to the company, to the brand and to the clothes,” Rodriguez told Forbes.
He’s also the man behind the “Runway to Win” tee in Obama’s campaign collection.
A Mexican actor based in Miami, Eduardo Verastegui, shared the screen with Eva Longoria in his most recent film, “For Greater Glory,” but he does not share the same political beliefs.
In an automated anti-Obama calling campaign, Verastegui said, “From day one, they have worked to advance abortion at home and abroad…And they have unleashed an unprecedented attack on the Church and its freedom.”
And here is the video in which he spoke about his pro-life stance and its importance to Latinos.
Mexican-American comedian Paul Rodriguez backed Obama in ’08, but this election year he’s voting Republican.
In a recent Spanish-language radio ad for Romney, translated to English, he said, “We Hispanics sacrifice because we believe in the promise of this great country. But President Obama has taken us down the road of unemployment, more poverty and an exorbitant debt that puts that promise at risk…I don’t belong to any political party, but I do believe in the opportunities that the United States offers all of us. This is why I am supporting Mitt Romney.”
Cuban-American Florida Sen. Marco Rubio joined Mitt Romney during the Republican National Convention and stands firmly in the belief that “limited government and free enterprise” suits Americans best.
He also understands that his party must convince Hispanics that the Republican Party welcomes immigrants. “The way you talk about it matters,” Rubio said.
Rachel Campos-Duffy is an author, TV host and former MTV “Real World” and “Road Rules” star. She is also the wife of Wisconsin Republican Congressman Sean Duffy. One of 15 women to be named to the Women for Mitt National Advisory Board, she supports Governor Romney’s and the Republicans’ stance on abortion and reproductive access.
“I’m a pro-life activist, and this issue is close to my heart; this so-called ‘war on women’ is a made-up, faux argument, and being pro-choice is not the position of every woman,” Campos-Duffy said, adding, “I think Democrats are out of step with how Latinos feel on the issue.”