In the ongoing Election 2012 battle for the Hispanic vote, President Barack Obama’s campaign released a second video of Cristina Saralegui — considered the Latina version of Oprah — with a much more assertive attitude toward the incumbent’s critics.
“It amuses me when some say President Obama hasn’t done anything. Really? He helped us avoid an economic depression. He passed a health law that guarantees our access to a doctor’s care,” says the 64-year-old, Spanish-language TV talk show host in the video, which VOXXI was told began to air this week.
“He eliminated Osama bin Laden and brought our troops back from Iraq. So, then, what has Obama done? A lot,” says Saralegui, in the Spanish-language 30-second spot, ending with “Pa’lante,” or “Forward.”
This is Saralegui’s second appeal to the Latino vote. Last month, right after she endorsed a presidential candidate for the first time, Saralegui taped her first video for Obama for America, in Spanish and English, but appealing to Hispanic voters nonetheless.
“I came to this country when I was 12 years old, because my parents wanted to give me new opportunity to succeed,” said the Cuban-born media queen. “With their support and a lot of hard work, I was able to pursue my dreams.
“President Obama wants everyone to have the chance I had. That’s why he’s working to put healthcare and a good education within reach of all Americans,” Saralegui says in the first video, which was taped before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of the Affordable Healthcare Act.
“This election won’t just affect us right now, it will have an impact on Latinos for generations to come,” she adds, urging Hispanics to get registered and talk to friends and neighbors. “Make sure they are ready to make their voices heard on Nov. 6.”
Other Hispanic celebrities, — including Ricky Martin, Eva Longoria, Don Omar, Sofia Vergara and Marc Anthony – have made pitches for the POTUS, but this could be the first time one does it twice.
Of course, there are still three months left until Election Day.