Obama courting Puerto Ricans at home and abroad
- June 15, 2011
- Louis DeSipio, Chicano/Latino studies associate professor and chair, is quoted by the Associated Press and 10 additional publications June 12, 2011
From the AP:
Cheering crowds in the steamy tropical heat are expected Tuesday when President Barack Obama makes a rare presidential visit to Puerto Rico. But the nearly 4 million U.S. citizens who live on the island and can't vote in the general election aren't really the point. Organizers are hoping this trip, the first in decades by a president to the U.S. Caribbean territory, will generate good will on the mainland, particularly in Florida, where the fast-growing Hispanic population will be essential to Obama's re-election effort.... Reaching out to Puerto Ricans is part of a broader effort to court Hispanics, who accounted for more than half of the U.S. population increase over the past decade and now number about 50 million. It's hardly a uniform community, but there are "shared issues" of concern that include support for education and social services, said Louis DeSipio, a professor at UC Irvine.
Also ran in:
Fox News Latino
Puerto Rico Daily Sun
Yahoo! News Philippines
Yahoo! Singapore News
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