Craig Romney, son of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, arrives to address the final session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 30, 2012. (Photo : Reuters)
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's son, Craig Romney, addressed the Republican National Convention in Spanish on Thursday. The younger Romney, who spent two years on a Mormon mission in Chile, has helped his father reach the Hispanic population, Fox News Latino reported.
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According to Fox News Latino, Romney has been featured in Spanish-language television ads, spoken to Spanish-language media and met with Latino voters. The Romney-Ryan campaign has had a hard time reaching Latino voters, many of who voted for President Obama in 2008.
A poll released by Latino Decisions and ImpreMedia showed that 65 percent of Latino voters said they would reelect Obama over 26 percent who said they would vote for Romney, HuffPost Politics reported.
Craig Romney targeted Latino voters saying, "It's easy to forget that the story of my father's success begins with the story of two immigrants-my grandfathers-who came to this country with little more than hope in the opportunity of America."
The Romney campaign's opposition to the DREAM Act, a top priority of many Latino voters, has caused some issues. According to HuffPost Politics, the target number of Latino voters for the Republican ticket is 38 percent.
Craig Romney used the opportunity at the Republican National Convention to assure Latino voters that his father was much better aligned to their beliefs. Calling him a family man, Romney said his father knows how to unite the country and that he values the fact that it is a nation of immigrants.
His speech was accompanied by a video of eight prominent Hispanic Republicans, HuffPost Politics reported, including New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Rep. Raul Labrado (R-Idaho) and five others.
A full transcript of Craig Romney's speech can be read below.
I am honored and humbled to speak with you tonight. I am incredibly proud of my father, and love him dearly. It is my privilege to say a few words in Spanish, so please bear with me for a moment.
Buenas Noches. Es un placer estar con ustedes. Yo pase dos años viviendo y trabajando en Chile. A través de esa experiencia, pude valorar aún mas como hispanos han aportado a la diversa riqueza de los Estados Unidos.
Mi padre - Mitt Romney - es un hombre de familia. él es un gran esposo, padre y abuelo. él sabe como unir a nuestro país y valora que somos una nación de inmigrantes, unidos en el deseo de lograr el sueno americano.
El ama a nuestra nación. El luchará para confrontar los retos que tenemos y restaurar la grandeza de los Estados Unidos.
It's easy to forget that the story of my father's success begins with the story of two immigrants -my grandfathers - who came to this country with little more than hope in the opportunity of America.
Through their hard work and perseverance they lived the American dream, and gave opportunities to their children they wouldn't have had anywhere else. The Republican Party is dedicated to preserving that opportunity for all Americans.
We've had the privilege of hearing about different chapters of this same inspiring American story from Governors Sandoval and Martinez and soon-to-be-Senator Cruz.
We're seeing this story play out in the lives of many other Hispanic Americans who have become leaders in the Republican Party and throughout our nation.
These leaders, along with Hispanics across the country, will play a vital role in the Romney-Ryan comeback, as we fight to put America back on the path to prosperity.
VIDEO of Craig Romney's Speech