Barack Obama is worried about two of the constituencies that widely supported him in 2008, the Latino community and the black community, and he is desperately trying to ratchet up their support as the November election draws close.
In an interview with the huge Latino radio network Univision yesterday, Obama stressed his support for immigration reform while declaring that the repeal of ObamCare by Romney would mean,
…you would have millions of people, including millions of Latinos all across the country, who now have the possibility of getting accessible healthcare suddenly on their own.
Obama has not tackled immigration reform in the nearly four years he has been in office, but he told the Des Moines Register In a clear attempt of pandering with platitudes, Obama bleated:
I will just be very blunt: Should I win a second term, a big reason I will win a second term is because the Republican nominee and the Republican Party have so alienated the fastest-growing demographic group in the country, the Latino community.
Obama also tried to appeal to the black community yesterday, when he held a conference call with about 50 radio DJs, most of whom are black. He urged the DJs to exhort their listeners to go out and vote and vote early. Two other approaches Obama has utilized are his recent interview with Ebony magazine and an email sent out by poet Maya Angelou.
In 2008, exit polls showed Obama won 95 percent of the black vote and 67 percent of Latino votes, but his failure to enact comprehensive immigration reform could hurt him with Latinos and the poor economic recovery may hurt him with both groups.