President Obama hosts a reception at the White House last week. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.
Poll after poll has consistently shown President Obama with an overwhelming advantage over Mitt Romney among Hispanic voters. And while Friday’s move to halt deportations of some undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children and educated in the United States may strengthen the president’s standing with that part of the electorate, it also appears to be going over well with a broad spectrum of voters.
Sixty-four percent of likely voters polled following the president’s announcement said they supported the policy, while 30 percent were opposed, according to a Bloomberg survey released Tuesday. Sixty-six percent of independents agreed with the action, compared to 26 percent who disagreed.
During an appearance on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” over the weekend, Romney refused to say whether he would rescind the order if elected president.
A Latino Decisions poll released earlier this month found the president with a 66 percent to 23 percent lead over Romney among Latino voters. That mirrors the exit polls from 2008 that showed Mr. Obama trouncing the GOP nominee, Arizona Sen. John McCain, 67 percent to 31 percent among Hispanic voters.
The Obama team’s targeting of Latino voters continued Tuesday with the release of a series of new Spanish-language television ads featuring Cristina Saralegui, a journalist and talk show host who endorsed the president’s re-election bid Monday.
The spots, which focus on how the president’s health care law has benefited Hispanics, will air in Colorado, Florida and Nevada.
You can watch the Nevada ad here or below:
Romney will have another opportunity to address the issue later Thursday morning when speaking to the National Association of Latino Elected Officials in Orlando. The president speaks the following day. Reporter-producer Tiffany Mullon will be there.
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Gwen Ifill (@pbsgwen) followed Romney’s bus tour to Ohio over the weekend to get a sense of how things are shaping up in the all-important battleground. As polls tighten there, both candidates are making a pitch based on the economy.
During his swing, Romney visited two counties McCain won in 2008, even as Mr. Obama captured the state overall. Check out the results from four years ago in our Vote 2012 Map Center below.
You can also plot out your own 2012 scenarios using our Electoral College map here.
On the ground, Gwen found voters may be backing Romney but aren’t all that enthusiastic about his candidacy.
Consider Greg Clement, who offered his farm to Romney for a Father’s Day event and even led the Pledge of Allegiance before festivities kicked off. Gwen asked Clement if he will vote for Romney on Nov. 6. After a long pause, he admitted he wasn’t sure.
“You know, actually, so I’m not sure yet, to be brutally honest. I think this country needs some leadership that changes things up a bit,” Clement said. “People in America don’t care if a Republican is president or a Democrat, an independent. There’s small groups of people that consider themselves staunch Republicans, staunch Democrats, but I think most people just want a better America.”
She found others with similar feelings, and while they aren’t likely to end up in the president’s camp by Nov. 6, the enthusiasm gap could make a difference.
Watch her report here or below.
Christina, Gwen and Judy Woodruff talked about Ohio, immigration and the power of the bully pulpit in Monday’s weekly Political Checklist.
Watch it here or below.
Monday didn’t bring the highly anticipated Supreme Court decisions on health care reform or immigration. That leaves a handful of days for those opinions to come. In effect, it’s the court’s crunch time, reporter-producer Katelyn Polantz reports.
Of note Monday was a decision that maintained sales representatives for pharmaceutical companies are ineligible for overtime pay.
The pharmaceuticals case decided was won by attorney Paul Clement, the star litigator and former solicitor general who argued conservative challengers’ interests in both the Arizona and health care law cases.
Clement and another former U.S. solicitor general, Walter Dellinger, will speak about this year’s cases at an American Constitution Society panel on Tuesday afternoon. NewsHour will have more on his comments.
Check back Thursday morning at 10 a.m. for another live blog of the court’s highlights.
2012 LINE ITEMS
- ABC News’ Jon Karl scoops that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has not been vetted by Team Romney to join the ticket. The key graf: “Although it is possible that Rubio may yet be asked to go through the vetting process, it has been nearly two months since Romney named his long-time aide Beth Myers to run his vice presidential search. The fact that Rubio has not been asked to turn over any documents by now is a strong indication that he is not on Romney’s short list of potential running mates.”
- Roll Call’s Daniel Newhauser finds that Romney’s campaign “is ramping up its legislative affairs branch … quietly picking off Congressional Republican staff” including aides to Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., and House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
- Mr. Obama chose Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to play his rival as he prepares to debate Romney ths fall.
- Three leading West Virginia Democrats — Sen. Joe Manchin, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Rep. Nick Rahall — will skip this summer’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
- Romney’s bus tour stop in Janesville, Wis., Monday featured four prominent GOP Wisconsinites: Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Ron Johnson, Rep. Paul Ryan and RNC chairman Reince Priebus.
- During Monday’s meeting at the G-20 Summit, Mexican President Felipe Calderon praised Mr. Obama’s decision to halt deportations of some young illegal immigrants.
- The New York Times’ Michael Barbaro reports that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently tipped his hand about a potential 2012 endorsement.
- The pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future is making a $7 million ad buy in eight states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
- Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., compared President Obama to King George the III on the Laura Ingraham radio show. Romney was also the subject of the conservative firebrand’s ire. West said he felt “dejected” by Romney’s malleable stance on immigration.
- The Romneys took a $77,000 tax write off for Rafalca, Ann’s dressage horse, the New York Times reported over the weekend in a story about the horse qualifying for the Olympics.
- All five Romney sons will make a joint appearance Wednesday on Conan O’Brien’s late night show on TBS.
Pretty sure no other bureau chiefs are bouncers with as many tats. Much love & congrats to @bigjohnrc.
— Lizzie O’Leary (@lizzieohreally) June 19, 2012
— Susan Davis (@DaviSusan) June 19, 2012
— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) June 18, 2012
Sitting in the White House basement on the bicentennial of the War of 1812. I don’t smell smoke. So far, so good.
— Olivier Knox (@OKnox) June 18, 2012
This is my first tweet ever. For an historian accustomed to enormously long books this will be a challenge to compress thoughts!
— Doris Kearns Goodwin (@DorisKGoodwin) June 17, 2012
OUTSIDE THE LINES
- The NewsHour’s Margaret Warner datelines a piece from Atlacomulco, Mexico, about the most important presidential race you haven’t heard of.
- Roll Call’s John Stanton crunches the numbers and finds that GOP freshmen who railed against franking priveleges on the campaign trail are now using them as members.
- The Obama administration’s choice to be the next U.S. ambassador to Iraq withdrew his nomination Monday amid allegations of impropriety stemming from his tenure at the embassy in Baghdad during 2008.
- Sen. Rubio told the National Review he was planning on introducing his own version of the DREAM Act to the Senate floor before being upstaged by President Obama’s announcement last Friday. The Florida Republican also said “it kind of feels weird” to deport individuals who were brought to the country illegally as young children.
- The U.S. Senate is expected to wrap up work on the farm bill by the end of the week.
- Labor group Workers Voice is using Lebron James in a parody ad against GOP Senate nominee Josh Mandel in Ohio.
- The National Republican Congressional Committee has expanded its ad campaign, Politico reports.
- The Washington Post’s Paul Kane on a super PAC with an all-incumbents-must-go mentality.
- Attorney General Eric Holder will meet with Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Tuesday to discuss the botched Fast and Furious gun-running program and avoid a vote to hold him in contempt of Congress.
- Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., introduced a Constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.
- Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., agreed Monday to participate in a September debate at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, but only if the late senator’s wife, Vicki, agreed to stay neutral in Brown’s race against Democrat Elizabeth Warren — and if MSNBC was dropped as the sponsor of the event.
- Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., made a $3 million ad buy.
- Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has a new job.
- The NewsHour tackles the complicated life of Rodney King.
Alex Bruns and Meena Ganesan contributed to this report
ON THE TRAIL
All events are listed in Eastern Time.
- President Obama attends meetings at the G-20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, before returning to Washington, D.C.
- Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the 40th annual international convention of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees in Los Angeles at 2:15 p.m. and attends a campaign fundraiser in Sacramento at 6:30 p.m.
- First lady Michelle Obama will talk with campaign volunteers in Henderson, Nev., at 7:10 p.m.
- Mitt Romney starts off in Frankenmuth, Mich., with a small business roundtable at 9:10 a.m. and a rally at 9:55 a.m. He drops by Sweetie-licious Bakery Cafe in DeWitt at 1:15 p.m. and finishes up with a rally in Holland at 6:25 p.m.
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Editor’s note: The NewsHour on Tuesday will look at the fallout from President Obama’s decision on deportations. Gwen Ifill talks with Bloomberg’s Lisa Lerer about how Mitt Romney has responded, how the president has been boosted in the polls and what may happen to a Republican version of the DREAM Act.