One of the lines Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney delivered to donors in Boca Raton in May, according to the secretly recorded video Mother Jones released Monday, was this: If I were Latino, Romney said, "I'd have a better shot at winning this."
Here's the lead-up to the line, which has been making the national media rounds:
"My dad, you probably know, was the governor of Michigan and was the head of a car company," Romney said. "But he was born in Mexico, and had he been born of Mexican parents, I'd have a better shot at winning this. But he was unfortunately born to Americans living in Mexico. He lived there for a number of years. And, I mean, I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino."
But the line is nothing new. Romney told Univision's Jorge Ramos something similar at a January interview recorded at Miami Dade College's Wolfson campus in downtown Miami. And the audience took it lightly and chuckled.
"Your father was born in Mexico. So the question is, are you a Mexican-American?" Ramos asked. "Could you be the first Hispanic president?"
"I would love to be able to convince people of that, particularly in a Florida primary," Romney said, laughing. "But I think that might be disingenuous on my part, because in my case my dad was in Mexico and I'm proud of my heritage, but he was born of U.S. citizens who were living in Mexico at the time and was not Hispanic -- he never spoke Spanish, nor did his parents. He never spoke Spanish, nor did his parents. So I can't claim that honor."
Later, he added: "I don't think people would think I was being honest with them if I said I was Mexican-American. But I would appreciate it if you'd get that word out."
And, of course, it's worth repeating: What candidates say in Florida matters.
Here's the Mother Jones video (which originally omitted the beginning of the video that included the Latino remark). Scroll to 3:06.
And here's the Univision video. Scroll to 8:22.