Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas Anchor “Meet the Candidates”
Sept 18th with Romney, Sept 20th with President
Univision anchors did not sit back quietly when they were turned down to moderate a debate between the 2012 Presidential Elections. An outspoken Jorge Ramos sent off a letter and somehow the network was able to corral President Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney for “Meet the Candidates” events next week at the University of Miami.
Veteran newscasters Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas will moderate separate conversations with Romney (Sept. 19) and Obama (Sept. 20) that will be streamed live on Facebook in English and air each night at 10 p.m. on Univision.
“Hispanics will play a key role in electing the next president of the United States, and these events will help address key issues so that the more than 20 million Hispanics expected to vote this year can make an informed decision,” Univision Networks president Cesar Conde said in a statement. “We are pleased that both President Obama and Governor Romney understand the importance of sharing their vision with Hispanic Americans, a group that is younger and more active in social media than the average citizen, and whose influence in U.S. politics continues to grow. By partnering with Facebook and the University of Miami, we are further bringing access to these candidates to an incredibly important segment of the population.”
The conversations will focus on education and other issues important to Latino constituencies. Obama, who has supported the DREAM Act, has a wide lead on Romney among Latino voters, many of whom were alienated by Romney’s “self-deport” rhetoric during the GOP primaries. According to a recent poll conducted by Latino Decisions and impreMedia, Romney trails Obama by nearly 40 points among registered Latino voters. And, while the Hispanic community is aligned with the rest of the country with concerns about jobs and the economy—Latino voters ranked immigration and the DREAM Act second on the list of “most important” issues facing their community.
–Elia Esparza, Editor