President Obama and Vice President Biden are doing their best to increase their slight, marginal lead over Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as the election enters its final stages. (Photo : REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst )
As the U.S. presidential race draws to its climax, both candidates are vying for key demographics who they believe will give them an edge. Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Joe Biden voiced his support for the American Hispanic population at an address to Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute on Thursday by stating how influential they are.
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"The contribution of the Hispanic community has been incredible, but you ain't seen nothing yet," Biden said.
He added that Hispanics "are about to become -- and already have -- the most powerful force in American politics."
Biden's address was delivered on the 35th anniversary of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's founding, according to Fox News Latino.
In 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau stated that Hispanics had grown to become the second most populous group in the United States. With over 50 million last year (and surely more this year), candidates are eagerly wooing the demographic.
The Huffington Post states that 67 percent of voters favor Obama, and its clear that the Democrats would like to keep, and even extend, that margin.
After the conventions, Obama has been showing a slight lead in most polls across the United States despite giving what many considered a lackluster and vague nomination acceptance speech.
Democrats are overwhelmingly associated with more leniant healthcare and immigration policies for Hispanics. In 2010, Republican Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into effect one of the most debated immigration laws of all time. Events like that stick in voters' minds, and while Biden was playing up Hispanic support, it might be the Republicans who drive them towards the Democratic party more than anything.