GOP Hispanic VP Option May Be Fading For Romney

From Benjy Sarlin at TPM:

Picking a Hispanic politician would be a logical way to boost appeal with a key constituency. Republicans, including Romney, have some “catching up to do” with Hispanic voters after lashing themselves to the anti-immigration wing of the party in recent years. A cavalcade of pundits and strategists argue that a Hispanic vice president might be their last, best shot to clean up their image before they lose a rapidly growing demographic for a generation.

But Romney may not be able to balance his ticket with a Hispanic rising star regardless of the debate’s merits. Of the three big names to emerge [Susana Martinez, Brian Sandoval and Marco Rubio] from that 2010 class, at least two look highly unlikely to occupy the No. 2 spot and one is steadfastly denying interest, potentially denying the GOP its big chance at damage control.

“I think that none of the Latino names in play will be picked,” one Republican strategist told TPM, citing concerns that Rubio’s public vetting process might overshadow Romney.

Beyond that trio, the bench of Latino Republicans is thin, with no obvious vice presidential candidates leaping out.

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published this page in In The News 2012-04-11 08:29:00 -0400
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