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Talk show host Cristina endorses Obama

Television talk show host Cristina Saralegui announced her endorsement of President Barack Obama, saying this weekend that there's too much at stake not to speak up when Hispanics could "very well decide the next election."

It is the first-ever presidential endorsement for the popular Miami media figure, often called the "Hispanic Oprah" for her two-decade run on Univisión. Obama for America released a video in English and Spanish with a message from Saralegui to the Hispanic community.

"President Obama, I was very fortunate to live the American dream and I know that only you will make it possible for millions more to do the same," she said in a statement provided by the campaign. "You’ve had our back, and now, with utmost respect and admiration, I have yours."

She is "one of the most trusted names in the Hispanic community and we're honored to have Cristina be a spokesperson for the campaign, speaking directly to Hispanic voters about the President's accomplishments," said campaign spokesman Jim Messina.

Her nod comes at a time when both Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are actively seeking Hispanic voters. Both men will travel to Florida this week to speak in Orlando at the annual conference of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.

Obama leads Romney 61 percent to 27 percent among Hispanics in a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll, but must shore up his support among Latino voters to win in November. Romney doesn't need to outright win the Hispanic vote, but he does need to peel away enough of the crucial voting bloc to compete in swing states like Florida, Nevada and Colorado.

To that end, the Obama administration announced plans Friday to prevent the deportations of hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children. Those young people won't vote in November's election, but support for their plight is seen among many Latino voters as an important sign of respect for the wider Hispanic community.

Hispanics have embraced the policy change, which was panned by many Republicans -- Romney called for a more permanent legislative fix, as did Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who has been talking about similar legislation but has not yet released it.

The administration's directive allows young illegal immigrants who were raised in the United States to remain for two years under a deferred deportation. Unlike the DREAM Act supported by Democrats, the administrative action does not provide a path to citizenship.

The 64-year-old Saralegui said she was moved to endorse Obama's re-election because she believes he "understands the Hispanic community and has supported it unconditionally." She said she will "do everything I can from now until November to ensure that President Obama is re-elected."

"It wasn’t until this election, and because of what I see in President Obama and know he’s accomplished, that I decided to get involved," she said. "President Obama is a principled man who has worked hard to put healthcare and a good education in the reach of millions of Americans and believes that everyone who works hard and plays by the rules, should have a fair shot at the American dream."

Saralegui was born in Cuba and is the granddaughter of pre-revolutionary Havana publishing king Francisco Saralegui. She began her career at one of his magazines, Vanidades.

El Show de Cristina, launched on Univisión in 1989, was for many years among Spanish-language TV's top shows. It was cancelled in 2009 as ratings declined. Saralegui last year launched "Pa'lante con Cristina" on Telemundo, but she announced earlier this month that the show would not continue for another year. She also has a weekly talk show on her Sirius XM Radio channel, "Cristina Radio."

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Lokiluck3

Cristina Saralegui, do you wake up in the morning & sing "God Bless The PATRIOT Act" while doing the Caesar Salute?

R.M.

Another Ron Pauler, Lokiluck3, choking on his teeny.

Antonio

I expect Romney to pick Rubio as his running mate in an attempt to get Hispanic votes. It will work about as well as when McCain picked Palin in an attempt to secure the womens vote!

Rudy Gonzales

I believe it's more than decide the election, it is taking back our country from extremist. The main problem is getting everyone registered to vote in November. It has been my contention that the bigotry and prejudice have devastated decency in America just for one reason. Obama is a black man who won the presidency. Sam Donaldson hit it on the mark that "people do not oppose Obama on principles or politics, but merely because he's black." Why else would the TEA party have sprung up so quickly were it not for the well-spring of resentment towards the winner over McCain. White America was dumbfounded when McCain lost and even more perplexed when Obama made great inroads into stabilizing our economy against all the headwinds he was receiving. Mitch McConnell said his primary goal was to make Obama a one term president. It must be told loudly and vociferously to all that many using the (R) behind their name are actually (T)'s in disguise and (T)'s want to destroy and eliminate of all Social Programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, etc.

Rosa Rodriguez

Cristina what do you have in your brain when you talk about our president, because the only thing he has done is to ruin this nation powerful. Don't lie and be honest and tell the truth our children and grandchildren will be paying debt that this presidency has left us for years and you say he is doing a good job, Why you lie.

Maria Perez

When I'm watching some program and you go out defending Obama immediately change the channel because I can not stand all the lies together. We have to tell you how Chavez was told WHY YOU DO NOT SHUT

Amparo Espinosa

CRISTINA, PARECE MENTIRA QUE HABLES DE ESA MANERA ACERCA DE OBAMA. CUANDO LA MAYORIA DEL PUEBLO QUE TRATA DE TRABAJAR HONESTAMENTE NO CONSIGUE TRABAJO Y PARA MANDAR UN HIJO A LA UNIVERSIDAD CUESTA TAN CARO QUE LOS QUE HAN NACIDO AQUI TIENEN QUE TRABAJAR PARA PODERSE AYUDAR A SACAR SUS TITULOS, SIN EMBARGO VIENEN DE TODAS PARTES DEL MUNDO Y NO TIENEN QUE PAGAR UN CENTIMO, LES DAN CHEQUES, BONOS DE COMIDA, MEDICAID Y AHORA HASTA CELLULAR, QUE LINDOS PARA ELLOS TODO FACIL PARA LOS NATIVOS ES COMO SI TUVIESEN LA PESTE. QUE HIPOCRECIA ES LA TUYA, QUE BIEN SE VE QUE TU SI TIENES DINERO PARA TIRAR!!!!

isagar

Te acuerdasmde Fidel con su rosario al cuello diciendo soy Catolico y Humanista? no comunista y al finaldespues de un unos meses despues. declaro :"soy Comunista Marxixta Leninista." cuando el pueblo casi no se podia mover?.. No te recuedas verdad? ..todo empezo con controlar los bancos, espiacion ,desempleo,
mucha ayuda a los estudiantes, de tal forma que los mando a mucho a Rusia. No cierres la sabiduria que yo se que puedes tener, y reaciona sabiament a tu actitiud.pidele a Dios, (si aun cres en el) que te deje ver la situacion de este pais.y que DIOS NO NOS CASTIGUE AL TENER QUE PASAR POR LA DESGRACIA DE cUBA.

Maria Rosario

Cristina no se cuanto te pagaron por decir tantas mentiras juntas cuando vayas a hablar sobre nuestro presidente habla sobre:
Por que durante los anos de presidencia del senor Obama hubieron tantas deportaciones de indocumentado (esto jamas habia pasado)
Por que recorto el medicare a las personas de la tercera edad y por dos anos no les aumento el 3% y lo hace ahora a 3 meses de eleccion.
Por que le impuso a los jovenes a pagar un seguro de salud los cuales no quieren.
Por que durante casi los cuatro ano de govierno no apoyo el dream y ahora como estamos en elecciones salio con esta cuando pudo hacerlo porque tenia el senado y el congreso democrata.
Por que cuando dio dinero a los bancos no les exigio que dieran prestamo para que las personas no perdieran sus casas.
Por que no ha hecho nada por arreglar la economia de este pais y se ha pasado todo el tiempo haciendo campanas para su reeleccion.
Por que ha creado divisiones de clases.
Por que con la economia tan mala que tenemos su esposa se da el gusto de pasar vacaciones en Marbella y alquila un piso completo y se compra un abrigo de $6k y critica a los ricos.
Por que crea el plan Obamacare y lo hace cogiendo de los recursos que tenemos las personas de la tercera clase.
Por que ha endeudado a este pais que los nietos de nuestos hijos van a tener que pagar por vida.
Solamente una persona inteleginte entiende esto por eso creo que su cerebro no anda muy bien o lo que te pagaron excede la cantidad que cobras en el canal.

Roddy

Obama has my vote. No amount of last minute propaganda can change what I've experienced him do over the last four years. I've had my family and friends actively look at the issues at stake; to look at BOTH candidates with a critical eye and to form opinions on the issues instead of voting one way because they've always voted a certain way --or worse: not vote at all. Your opinion matters just as much as Romney or Obama's, and you can show that by voting on election day or by casting a Absentee Ballot in the mail. Go to your state's election website and sign-up. Whatever you vote, make sure you vote and are counted.

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