Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto


Victoria is Assistant Dean at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a contributor to MSNBC and Telemundo. Her areas of expertise in the domestic policy landscape include immigration, Latinos, women and childcare, and economic equity. more→


Victoria brings an interdisciplinary lens to understanding policy development and its intersection with institutional and political contexts. Underlying her academic work is the applicability of rigorous research to on-the-ground policy realities.

Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto
Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

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This article originally appeared on NBCLatino

Nevada governor Brian Sandoval is arguably one of the strongest Republican vice presidential picks for 2012. Unlike Senator Marco Rubio, Gov. Sandoval is not dogged by financial controversies.  And unlike New Mexico governor, Susana Martinez, Sandoval is not as polarizing a leader. However, there is one weakness Sandoval cannot escape: His lack of popularity among Latino voters.

A presidential running mate is ideally meant to do three things

1.)  help the presidential nominee in appealing to the general electorate

2.)  secure the swing state they are from

3.)  provide the ticket regional balance

Sandoval checks off all three boxes.  While Gov. Martinez and Senator Rubio can also check off box two and three. the first box is a far miss.  Both of these individuals ran in 2010 on a Tea Party platform and threw their lot in with the most conservative elements of the Republican Party.   (more…)