In Campaign, Romney Rarely Notes Mexican Heritage

Published January 26, 2012 7:45PM (EST)

COLONIA JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Mitt Romney leaves out one tiny detail as he campaigns to win Florida's Hispanic vote: his Mexican heritage.

The Republican presidential candidate's father, George, was born in Mexico. Extended relatives still live in the border state of Chihuahua. The second-cousins he has never met speak American-accented English and share the family's last name and Mormon faith.

Those who are eligible to vote in the U.S. say they plan to support Romney. They may even donate money to his campaign.

His relatives generally see him as a smart businessman who can lead America's economic turnaround. But they differ on immigration. Romney has taken a tough stance against illegal immigration into the U.S. His relatives say migrants looking for work across the border should be given a legal means to do so.

By Salon Staff

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