Tuesday, September 4, 2012

DNC Spotlight on the Hispanic Community


Voice of America

The mayor of San Antonio, Texas, Julian Castro, delivers his highly-anticipated keynote address Tuesday night at the Democratic Party's presidential nominating convention.

The 37-year-old Castro is the Democratic National Convention's first Latino keynote speaker. As mayor of the nation's seventh-largest city, he is also the youngest mayor of a top 50 U.S. city. Last year, he won re-election with more than 80 percent of the vote.

. . . Castro's selection as keynote speaker is widely seen as part of President Obama's effort to boost support for his re-election among Hispanics, the nation's largest minority group and a key voting bloc in this year's race.

Latinos Post

. . . the DNC will feature their first Latino keynote speaker with San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. Actress Eva Longoria and broadcast journalist Cristina Saralegui are also scheduled to speak.

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz spoke during the Hispanic Caucus and said, "The way I look at it is, we have a very deep bench, and we have so many stars through many layers. Julian Castro is one of the key rising stars in our party, and I think he's going to electrify the arena tomorrow night."

Castro is set to speak during the 10 p.m. EDT hour on Tuesday.

As for the number of Latino delegates at this year's DNC, the Huffington Post reported up to 800 are to be in attendance.
Latinos have favored the Democratic Party more than Republicans, with polls showing Obama at 60 percent over Romney's 30 percent.

"Being the keynote speaker at the Democratic Convention this year is an honor I don't take lightly. I know I've got some big shoes to fill. Two conventions ago, the keynote speaker was a guy named Barack Obama. I remember watching his speech in 2004 and being inspired."

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