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By DrVMDS on July 23, 2015

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By DrVMDS on July 11, 2015

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Neither Hillary nor Jeb will be first Latino President

By DrVMDS on June 22, 2015

This post originally appeared on NBCnews.com

AUSTIN, TX — Bill Clinton was referred to as the first Black president – until President Barack Obama was elected.

Conventional wisdom has pretty much guaranteed us that we will see the first Latino President with Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush as the 2016 front-runners.

But as with many things, conventional wisdom is often wrong.

The idea of Hillary Clinton as the first Latina president arose in 2008 when she dominated the Latino vote in the primaries. In California and Texas – the states which account for half of the country’s Latinos – Clinton trounced Obama, receiving more than twice as many Latino votes.

Writer and Latino public intellectual Richard Rodriguez has made referenceto Hillary Clinton as the first Latina in chief pointing to her electoral heft in 2008. Add to that some polling numbers and it’s not hard to see why some see Clinton as one of the familia. In a 2013 poll Latino Decisions found that Hillary Clinton’s favorability among likely Hispanic voters was 73 percent. And in a head-to-head match up with Marco Rubio, Clinton would beat him 66 to 23 percent among Latinos.

Beyond the poll numbers, some could argue Hillary Clinton is Latina by association. Her political operation is Latina driven, with Amanda Renteria at the helm as her National Political Director. And while their parting was not so sweet, Clinton’s 2008 campaign manager was also Latina, Patti Solis Doyle.

On some economic and foreign policy issues, Hillary and the Democrats have the advantage among Latinos, as Pew Research shows. But most importantly, on immigration, which has become a political litmus test in showing solidarity with the Hispanic community, Hillary Clinton is as Latina as they come.

But then there’s Jeb. Continue Reading

MSNBC’s UP – Hillary Clinton Round Up

By DrVMDS on June 6, 2015

New Poll On Latino’s Foreign Policy Views

By DrVMDS on February 22, 2015

This post originally appeared on NBCnews.com

Significantly more Latinos than non-Latinos see climate change as a critical threat, but there is a narrower gap when asked about whether immigration is a threat to the country, according to a newly released poll by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Yet on most foreign policy issues, Latinos had very similar views to non-Latinos when surveyed, challenging the notion that large numbers of Latino immigrants coming to the United States will not share the same values.

“Some people worry that the changing demographics will shift our foreign policy priorities and that Latin Americans will have greater loyalty to their countries of origin,” said the study’s co-author Dina Smeltz. “Instead what we see is an expression of investment in this country regarding economic policy and security.”

Both groups view the United States as the most influential country in the world and favor strong US leadership. By extension, Latinos and non-Latinos (68% and 69% respectively) approve of the use of American military forces to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and see terrorism as a critical threat. Continue Reading

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