Los Angeles Mayor and Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Antonio Villaraigosa had little to say when Candy Crowley asked him on CNN’s State of the Union why Latinos have dropped more than 15 percent in voter enthusiasm.
He stuttered a bit and rebutted, “the same polls are saying about 65 percent of Latinos are voting for President Obama.”
So, what, that makes it ok that Latinos are not very excited to vote?
Villaraigosa quickly confirmed, “We have the most comprehensive ground effort in ever, either party, in history, and we are going to be focusing on the latino vote. we will be focusing on the 12 or 13 state where the election is.”
Most of his hopes lie in the Democratic National Convention (DNC) which begins Tuesday.
“That’s what the convention is going to be about,” said Villaraigosa referring to get-out-the-vote efforts for hispanics.
On FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace, Villaraigosa answered questions about his inflammatory comment about the RNC and their appeal to Latino voters: “You cant just trot out a brown face with a spanish surname and expect people are going to vote for your party and your candidate.”
Villaraigosa also backpedalled on this statement saying, “I was never directing my comments to him [Marco Rubio]…[but] He has a party platform that calls for the deportation of 11 million people. ”
But he also said that Republican immigration policies do not belong in this century, “it looks like the platform of 1812.”
Well there are words, Villaraigosa, and there are results, and the latter has yet to be seen because Latino enthusiasm for Obama is still very low and a convention can only do so much to bring people to the polls for an incumbent President that has failed to deliver.