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Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012

Romney video from May has him joking that he might have a better chance of becoming president if his grandparents had been Mexican

mitt romney      A video from May obtained by Mother Jones has Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney joking that he might have a better chance of becoming president if his grandparents had been Mexican. Romney has been polling poorly with Latinos, in part as a result of his hard-line stance on immigration.

     Romney's remark at a private fundraiser in Florida came after he noted that his father had been born in Mexico.

     Romney's great-grandfather left Utah for Mexico to avoid prosecution for polygamy, according to a Rock Center report from NBC. The Mormon family left Mexico and returned to the United States during the 1910-20 Mexican Revolution.

     The Los Angeles Times on Tuesday headlined its Page One story "Romney belittles Obama voters in video: Speaking privately, he says the 47% who back the president pay no income tax and feel 'entitled' to aid."

     The story also dealt with Romney's speech Monday to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Times story.

January: Rock Center report on Romney's Mexico ties.
February: David Letterman incorrectly says Romney was born in Mexico.
April: Romney deficit in Latino vote puts him in bad position against Obama, NBC analyst says.

February: Notimex publishes article on L.A. Times editorial on GOP candidates' immigration proposals

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