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Latino-vote coup? Puerto Rico Gov. Fortuño likely to endorse Mitt Romney tomorrow, sources say

The Hispanic Republican political world is buzzing with talk that Puerto Rico's governor, Luis Fortuño, has been in talks with Mitt Romney for an endorsement – and sources tell The Miami Herald he could swing his support as early as tomorrow in Orlando.

Romney’s campaign wouldn’t comment.

Friday would be a perfect day for an endorsement for Romney, who’s attending the Hispanic Leadership Network forum tomorrow in Doral before he heads to Orlando – seat of Orange County, which has one of the largest Puerto Rican Republican communities in the state.

More than 21,000 Hispanic Republicans live in the county, about 11 percent of the registered GOP. Nearby Osceola County has more than 8,500 registered Hispanic Republicans – about 21 percent of the GOP. It’s unclear how many are of Puerto Rican descent.

Romney has scheduled a 6:15 p.m. press conference in Orlando. Said one Republican about a potential Fortuño endorsement: “This should happen.”

Said another: “It’s 99.9 percent going to happen.”

**Update Fortuño is coming to Florida tomorrow. He'll host a 2 p.m. tour and press conference with U.S. Senator  Marco Rubio, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Commissioner Rebeca Sosa to discuss port security, drug trafficking and the U.S. Caribbean Border.
A Fortuño endorsement would be a coup purely from a media standpoint – it would guarantee high-profile, positive coverage and feed the Romney narrative of momentum.

Fortuño is a rising star in Republican circles. He gave a rousing speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference last year in the midst of the Republican Party of Florida’s straw poll. Amid cheers, he described how he reduced government spending and his own salary, reduced the territories workforce and helped erase a more than $3 billion budget shortfall – all in a Democratic state.

Another key for Fortuño: immigration. Compared to other Latinos, such as Mexicans, Puerto Ricans have a tendency to be less opposed to conservative immigration stances, such as Romney’s, because they’re U.S. citizens. Similarly, Cubans (the largest Hispanic group in Florida, followed by Puerto Ricans) have special immigration status.

Also, according to some, there’s growing unrest in Puerto Rico as more immigrants arrive from the Dominican Republic and other areas, leading to some immigration tensions. That could make Romney’s immigration stance more appealing – at least to Republican Puerto Ricans – rather than merely not objectionable.


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Fortuño would make a great running mate for Romney. He is a rising star and would definitely serve a need going in to the general election.


It was rumored that Fortuno was high on Newt's list as a runningmate.

His endorsmentof Romney is a coupe for him and a setback for Newt, and Fortuno could end up on Romney's ticked instead.

Rafael Santiago

I am a native born in PR. In my opinion it has been well overdue regarding the status of Puert Rico. Puerto Rico (It's Government) and it's people should make up their minds and start the process of becoming a state.


Fortuño has the lowest approval rating for a Governor in the history of Puerto Rico. If we compare Fortuño with Latin American presidents he would be in last place. Less than 40% approve his work in Puerto Rico according to more than one recent poll.


His approval went down because honestly the biggest employer in Puerto Rico is the government and some of his cuts affected the government employees. That is a true reality with Puerto Rico and is a big problem because the government is not there to make jobs within the government. He made the tough decisions that no other Governor has done before. So to your point yes people disapprove but when you look at it the majority is based on people and family that worked for the government it's expected that his approval will be lower.


Luis Fortuno is by far the best Republican VP candidate. Marco Rubio has too big a target on his back right now, let him change hearts & minds in the Senate. Let Fortuno on the ticket & let Latinos know the truth that they are welcome in the Republican party.

Jose M Lopez Sierra

Dear Partner,


Those who accept colonialism believe in discrimination. Now that we know that the political parties will not solve this problem, I invite you to join the non-violent protest to demand that the United States (US) decolonize Puerto Rico (PR) immediately. It will be on Monday, June 17, 2013 from 8 AM to 5 PM outside the United Nations (UN) visitor’s entrance located on 46th Street and First Avenue in New York City.

The UN has determined that colonialism is a crime against humanity in 1960 under Resolution 1514 (XV). That’s why the UN celebrates every year a hearing about Puerto Rico decolonization. Every year the UN puts forth a resolution asking the US to decolonize PR. Despite 30 of these resolutions, PR is still the oldest and most populated colony in the world! It is obvious by now that the US is not going to decolonize PR just because the UN asks.

Through education, we must create a domestic and international solidarity with this cause to pressure the US to do what historically she has refused to do. This is why we need everyone who also believes that colonialism is a crime against humanity to join the protest to demand compliance to international law!

Puerto Rico has been a colony of the US for 114 years. The US’ intention is to keep PR a colony forever unless we do something about it. It is important to note that: democracy isn’t what a government does. Democracy is what people do!
President John F. Kennedy said, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice anywhere.” These ideas, of course, are the reasons why the United Nations was created after World War II.

It is up to us to defend the fundamental human rights that promote world peace. The tragedy of doing nothing is that we will have the kind of government that we deserve!


José M. López Sierra

For more information:
Compañeros Unidos para la Descolonización de Puerto Rico

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