Can Bill Clinton effect the same charisma in his wife's presidential campaign?
Three percent of Iowa and two percent of New Hampshire's residents are Latino voters, according to Pew Research Center. It may not seem much but with the currently tight Democratic race, it is not without impact.
As per NBC News, Bill Clinton now holds the role of cheerleader for his wife and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. As a political figure, he brings his "elder stateman persona" back to the arena.
María Echaveste, who was a White House deputy chief of staff to Clinton in his second term, gave her two cents on the Clinton campaign. "You have to start with the fact that she did run in 2008 and did have very large Latino support, in part she was building on the acute affection the community had for Bill Clinton," she said. "It's value added to have Bill Clinton on the campaign trail."
On Feb. 1 and Feb. 9, Hillary will be making a visit to both Iowa and New Hampshire areas, respectively. Bill's wife is currently in a close competition with Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders. An unpaid adviser to Martin O'Malley's campaign, Ramirez, tells NBC News that should Sanders get New Hampshire and Iowa votes, Bill could help her with Latino votes in the states of Florida, California and Nevada.
Republican strategist Ana Navarro, however, opposes the forecast. "Bill Clinton is popular with the Latino community, yes," she said. "But he was equally popular in 2008, and Hillary still lost to Barack Obama. Also, Hillary really needs to win Iowa and New Hampshire. Losing either to (Bernie) Sanders would be a significant blow to her mantle of inevitability and send shockwaves in the Democratic primary."
A poll conducted by Pew Research Center, though, reveals that Hillary has good performance among Latino-heavy states. She's reported to have a two-to-one Latino vote over Obama. Additionally, she also won trumped him by 64-26 in Nevada, 67-32 in California and 66-32 in Texas.
A drawback this year for Hillary, however, is the hot topic on immigration. Her husband's legacy is less than stellar on this issue as he had been identified with backing up the Illegal Immigrant Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act, "a sweeping bill that focused largely on toughening enforcement and raising penalties for immigration violations."
Add that to the fact that Hillary was heavily critiqued on social media for comparing herself to a Spanish grandmother. As per The Washington Post report, the hashtag #NotMyAbuela spread like wildfire with one Twitter user expressed: "Hillary compares herself to my Latina grandma' -Please just stop!" "My Abuelita never got to meet her U.S. born grandchildren b/c of unjust immigration laws," another one stated.