Tomorrow night, Arizona will host the latest Republican presidential debate. With just a week till the state's primary, voters are getting to know Mitt Romney and the cast of characters who want to be the GOP nominee. They're quickly coming to discover, as Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz put it today, that "Romney is simply wrong on every issue that is important to Arizonans."
That's because Romney wants to revert to the failed economic policies of the past that wreaked havoc on our economy and would once again stack the deck against working and middle-class families. He and fellow candidate Rick Santorum have proposed budget plans that would explode the deficit by trillions of dollars and force deep cuts to programs that matter to the middle class—programs like Medicare and Social Security.
And in a state with a large Latino population like Arizona, the choice couldn't be more fundamental on issues that matter to Hispanic Americans: In an attempt to garner favor with the Tea Party, Romney and the Republicans are campaigning on slashing funding for education, Medicare, and Social Security. They oppose the DREAM Act and a path to citizenship for immigrants.
Romney's far-right position immigration stands out to Rep. Xavier Becerra, who calls him "the most extreme presidential nominee of our time."
"There’s a saying in Spanish that sums up Romney’s problem with Latinos. It goes, 'Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres.' It means, 'Tell me with whom you walk and I will tell you who you are.' Well, the Latino community has seen who Romney’s friends are. And that’s all we need to see to know exactly who he is.
"Romney proudly announced the endorsement of Kris Kobach, the godfather of the Alabama and Arizona anti-immigrant laws. Then he flaunted the endorsement of none other than California’s Pete Wilson, whose extreme views on immigration put him well outside the mainstream of everyday Arizonans.
"That’s not how a friend of the Latino community behaves."
Mitt Romney: Disastrous for the middle class, disastrous for Latinos, and disastrous for Arizona.