"A small business can tell how the economy is running," says Jhonny, general manager of Marte Auto Services in Orlando, Florida—one of our stops on the Romney-Ryan Economics bus tour. "We can feel it for good or for bad. And we feel secure with President Obama. We feel that we can take care of our bills."
That was not the case just a few years ago. "Under Bush, my business almost disappeared," Jhonny says. "My family supported me to keep it open. I'm afraid that things under Mitt Romney will be like it was under President Bush. We really can see the difference between Republican and Democratic administrations. That's why I want to keep President Obama in office."
He's working with other small-business owners to mobilize their community for the President. He's also getting the word out for President Obama among Central Florida Hispanics, because when it comes to the Hispanic community. "We don't trust Romney," says Jhonny. After all, Romney has run as the most extreme candidate in memory when it comes to immigration, and his policies on education and the economy would be devastating to the middle class.
But Hispanic Americans—and Jhonny's home state, Florida—can determine the outcome of this election, so he's not wasting a minute of the next few months.
"What I see is, the less our community knows about Romney, the better it is for him. That's why the Hispanic community is getting together in each state, especially in Orlando. We talk. That gives the power to us, to educate and explain the reasons why people in our community need to vote. Everyone needs to know that we're big—and we're American. This nation belongs to immigrants. This country is for everybody."