Need to Know, October 19, 2012: Yo decido

This week's host Maria Hinojosa

Just two and a half weeks before the election, the Presidential campaign remains very tight. Both candidates are on the road this week trying to round up every last vote. One of the more coveted groups in this election is the record 24 million Latino voters nationwide. They’re one of the fastest growing voting blocks in the nation, and as their numbers grow, so too does their political power.

While recent national polls show Latinos leaning heavily towards Obama, Hispanic voters are not a monolith. This week, Maria Hinojosa visits central Florida and talks with a wide range of Latino voters in that crucial swing state.

Read the complete transcript.

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Web extra

Interview with Maria Padilla, the editor of La Prensa, the biggest Spanish language newspaper in Central Florida.

The numbers

Just how does the Hispanic vote break down in the swing state of Florida?

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Comments

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Wilbert-Pritchett/1161985837 Wilbert Pritchett

    HOW CAN THIS WOMAN AS A CATHOLIC SUPPORT AND RECONCILE THAT WITH THE DOCTRINE OF THE MORMON CHURCH AND STILL BE DEVOTED TO HER OWN BELIEFS!! THE TWO DOCTRINES ARE DIAMETRICALLY OPPOSED!! AND THIS GUY ALTHOUGH HE HAS BEEN IN BUSINESS, IT IS NOT EXACTLY THE KIND OF BUSINESS THAT GROWS THE ECONOMY OR CREATE JOBS, QUITE THE OPPOSITE! HE WAS ESSENTIALLY A VULTURE CAPITALIST, WHOSE MAIN FOCUS WAS TO COME INTO A COMPANY BUY UP IT’S ASSETS , RUN THE COMPANY IN THE GROUND, FORCING IT TO GO INTO BANKRUPTCY AND THEN SELLING OFF ITS ASSETS , LAYING OFF IT’S WORKER AND KILLING THEIR PENSIONS ALL FOR PROFIT FOR HIM AND HIS INVESTORS!! HE IS THE PIONEER OF OUTSOURCING JOBS, NOT CREATING THEM, I DON’T GET IT!!! AND THAT COUPLED WITH HIS DRACONIAN IDEALS ON WOMEN ISSUES , I’M AT A LOSS OF WORDS!!! JUST LOOK AT HIS SO-CALLED RECORD AS GOVERNOR OF MASSACHUSETTS PLEASE HE LEFT THEM IN A DISASTROUS STATE 47TH OUT OF 50TH IN JOB CREATION, AND THIS IS WHAT YOU SUPPORT FOR THE COUNTRY!AND HE LOSING IN THAT STATE BY HUGE MARGINS!! PLEASE THIS GUY IS UNFIT TO LEAD, AND AS A VETERAN I AM OFFENDED THAT ANYONE WOULD EVEN CONSIDER HIM TO BE THE COMMANDER -N- CHIEF ESPECIALLY SINCE HE HIMSELF IS A DRASFT DODGER!!!

  • Guest

    My question to this lady would be: You say governor Romney is a CEO and can create jobs, which is what according to you Latinos care about. Do you not get that harsh immigration policy has affected our community; legal or not? You’re so-called shared family values with Romney don’t mean anything to those Latinos of faith you allude to when families are being torn apart.

  • http://www.facebook.com/biciboy Elpidio Leonel Tovar-López

    My question to this lady would be: You say governor Romney is a CEO and can create jobs, which is what according to you Latinos care about. Do you not get that harsh immigration policy has affected our community; legal or not? Your so-called shared family values with Romney don’t mean anything to those Latinos of faith you allude to when their families (friends, cousins, uncles) are being deported and lives are destroyed.

  • Me myself and I

    Tagg Romney and his entire Romney family have the right to order an abortion for the woman is who carrying their child for them. This surrogate woman does not have control. ROmney has the right in the contract they executed, to demand abortion if the child does not meet their requirements. SO freedom of choice and abortion is, as Romney practices, the right of the rich, but no one else. Google it.
    Google Tagg Romney surrogate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marlene.peralta Marlene Peralta

    Thank you Maria for the great reporting and for helping people understand more about Hispanics. Although we are categorized as one group we are very diversed in so many aspects and your reporting reflects that.

  • Xiomara Mewa

    I hope more people take advantage of the govermnent program that Obama created for the homeonwers who are unemployed or underemployed like Ray mention on this report.

  • Mike Coville

    It was sad to hear about that women that is voting for President based on skin color, what a racist. We should only vote for the person who can do the job and Barack Obama has proven he can not handle the job.

    Time to elect someone who can help people get back to work so that they can provide for their families. Mitt Romney is the only choice for honest voters.

  • westiemom

    Oh my, you have your facts all wrong! First of all, Bain is/was not a vulture capitalist company. They risk their OWN money (not that of the taxpayer as Obama did/does). They invest in companies who might have promise, but as with most businesses, things don’t always work out. MOST Bain investments did succeed and the owners of those businesses along with them. Those successes created and saved jobs. Some employees who lost their jobs came out as sour grapes. Who among us has not been laid off in our lifetimes?

    As for outsourcing jobs, you have been most generous to your guy, Obama. Ever hear of Tesla, Fisker, and what about his “jobs guy” Immelt who moved GE to China and al those jobs, too?

    I laugh when I hear Romney was 47th in the nation for job creation! Sure he was, Massachusetts had such a low unemployment number there was little need to create many more jobs than he did!

    Your accusation he was a draft dodger is almost too for a response. Where is Obama’s military experience? What business did he start? What State did he govern? What exceptional bill did he sponsor while in Congress?