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Partnership for a New American Economy: “No Debate” Among Republican Candidates About Need for High-Skilled Immigration

January 17, 2012

Politico highlights a new ad running in South Carolina, the next primary state, about the consensus among Republicans vying for the party’s nomination on the issue of high-skilled immigration reform. Although John Hunstman is in the ad, the field has recently narrowed to 5 candidates (Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Perry). At present, Nate Silver’s 538 blog shows Mitt Romney leading his rivals by a substantial margin in the Gallup, Fox, and CNN polls.

The ad is being run by Partnership for a New American Economy.

The Partnership for a New American Economy brings together a bipartisan group of mayors from across the country and business leaders from all sectors of the economy and all 50 states to raise awareness of the economic benefits of sensible immigration reform.

Politico names “Michael Bloomberg, Rupert Murdoch and other mayors and business leaders” as founders of the group.

As mentioned before, the Latino vote in the 2012 election is expected to be 9% of the electorate. A recent survey conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center shows that, although a margin of more than 2 to 1 Latinos disapprove of the way the Obama Administration is handling its deportation policy,

In a hypothetical match-up against former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Obama wins 68% to 23% among Latino registered voters. And in a match-up against Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Obama wins the Latino vote 69% to 23%.


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