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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.

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whasup

Perhaps Axelrod should lay down his bloody rhetorical axe and answer a simple question that is key for Hispanic communities all across the country:

"How many more Hispanics had jobs when Obama took office than have them now?"

From Bureau of Labor statistics data, in the civilian labor force, there were an estimated 12,030,408 unemployed in January 2009, and an estimated 12,710,574 unemployed in May 2012.

We know that unemployment, which went up from 7.8% to 8.2% affects Hispanics more than the majority.

So Axe-Hand Axelrod, please explain to the Hispanics just what Obama has done for them ... or rather ... to them.

A

It is increasingly obvious that Axelrod, like his boss, speak for no one but themselves.

Lindad

it's offensive that you Mario seem to think you do speak on behalf of hispanics........think again!

Daniel

And Mario Diaz-Balart doesn't represent all Cuban-Americans. Considering that his district includes Hialeah, i doubt his views on travel to Cuba are popular there. What a jerk.

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