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Midday Update: Obama Says DC Gridlock Slowing Recovery

by Newsteam Staff
June 26, 2012

Photo of the Day: Supporters of President Barack Obama chant "four more years" at a campaign event at Oyster River High School in Durham, New Hampshire, June 25, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Supporters of President Barack Obama in Durham, New Hampshire, June 25, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).


At his ninety-ninth fundraiser of the year, President Barack Obama presented a vigorous case for a second term (ABC), framing the November vote as a series of personal choices on foreign policy, healthcare, the economy, immigration, and gay rights that will have tangible effects on the lives of every day Americans.

The president also told voters gridlock in Washington is slowing down the economic recovery.

“The only way we’re going to break that gridlock is through you,” Obama said at a fundraiser at Boston’s Symphony Hall, a day-long theme as he traveled New England Monday. “Very rarely do you see such a stark choice in an election with so much as stake. On every challenge we face, you have the final say on where do we go from here.”

Though GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Monday remained mostly mum on the U.S. Supreme Court’s immigration ruling, he called the country’s immigration policy a failure at a Phoenix fundraiser Monday night and said the courts should give the states more latitude (Politico).

“Given the failure of the immigration policy in this country, I would have preferred to see the Supreme Court give more latitude to the states not less. And there are states now under this decision have less authority, less latitude, to enforce immigration laws,” Romney said.

Romney also pledges to make immigration an early priority if elected. “In my first year I will make sure we actually do take on immigration, we secure our border, we make sure that we grow legal immigration in a way that provides people here with skill and expertise that we want,” he said.

The majority of Latino voters want more government involvement in their lives, according to a new Gallup poll. Of those surveyed, 56 percent of registered Latino voters in the United States said they believe the government should “do more to solve our country’s problems,” significantly more than the 37 percent of all registered U.S. voters who say the same.

“These views reflect in part the fact that Hispanics are significantly more likely than average to identify with the Democratic Party — and that Democrats overall are strongly more likely to favor an interventionist role of government than are Republicans,” Gallup editors say. “In general, the results underscore the challenge Mitt Romney faces in reaching Hispanic voters, given that this group tilts toward government-involvement policies that are at odds with Romney’s overall philosophy and GOP policy positions.”

— Gayle S. Putrich, Contributing Editor

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