In Campaign, Romney Rarely Notes Mexican Heritage


Salon Staff
January 27, 2012 12:45AM (UTC)

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.

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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.


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