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Mario Diaz-Balart: Axelrod doesn't speak on behalf of Hispanics

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami, has weighed in on a statement made this weekend by President Barack Obama's top political strategist, David Axelrod. In the interview with Univision TV's Jorge Ramos, Axelrod said of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney that it would be "insulting" to Hispanics if the former Massachussetts governor picked Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., as a running mate if the pick was intended merely to win more Latino support.

"It is profoundly offensive that Mr. Axelrod believes he can speak on behalf of the Hispanic community," Diaz-Balart said Monday, in a statement issued by his campaign.

"His statement is not just patronizing and insulting it reflects the election-time rhetoric of the Obama Campaign when it comes to the Hispanic community," Diaz-Balart said. "The true insult is how President Obama, time and time again, has broken his promise to the Hispanic community while at the same time his economic policies disproportionally hurt Hispanics. I commend Senator Rubio for the work he has done on behalf of his constituents, our country and the Hispanic community."

Here's what Axelrod said: "I think it would be an insult to the Hispanic community to choose Senator Rubio if the thinks that that is somehow — if Governor Romney thinks that's sort of a get-out-of-jail-free card for all of the things and the positions that he's taken," Axelrod said.