President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are expected in Miami tonight and tomorrow for a Univision candidate forum where leading anchors will drill both of them on their commitment to the Hispanic community.
Both candidates accepted the invitation in late August. Univision’s proposition for their own “Meet the Candidates” debate was a reaction to a flawed attempt to lobby the Commission on Presidential Debates to make room for anchors Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas.
That failed to pass, but Univision offered an alternative.
Univision anchors will probe both candidates in Spanish, while they respond in English. The Univision candidate forum, “Meet the Candidates,” will have Romney as its first contender Wednesday, September 19 at 6:20 p.m (EST) at the University of Miami’s Bank United Center Fieldhouse, followed by President Obama Thursday, September 20, at 2:10 p.m (EST). Both candidates will be televised by Univision at 10 p.m. both days.
“Hispanics will play a key role in electing the next president of the United States, and these events will help address key issues so that the more than 20 million Hispanics expected to vote this year can make an informed decision,” Cesar Conde, president of Univision Networks, said in a statement.
The Univison candidate forum follows Mitt Romney’s recent gaffe caught on a secret video. Much concern has been placed on his campaign and his deficit with Latino voters.
Favorability will be tested at Univision candidate forum
A Latino Decisions poll released Monday showed that the president still holds a commanding lead among Latino voters. He gained a three-point favorability after the convention.
On the other hand, Romney’s favorability plummeted to 26 percent among Latinos. He lost the 29 percent bump he gained after the Republican Convention.
Romney’s secret video also went viral when it was published Monday. In it, he jokes about winning the election if he were Latino and also made several comments on why he doesn’t care about 47 percent of Americans, while claiming that they believe they’re entitled to further government services.
The Latino Decisions tracking poll also indicated waning support among Latina women against Romney. They favor the President and the Democrats by a margin of one to six.
Among Latino men, 61 percent plan to vote for Obama and 32 percent for Romney.
Given the focus of female voters and issues in the 2012 election the poll included a new question. They asked Hispanic respondents “which party was better equipped to address issues important to women?”
When it comes to handling issues of concern to women, Latino voters—both men and women say that the Democratic Party is more trusted to handle women’s issues, according to Latino Decisions.
The Univision candidate forum will focus on topics of concern including immigration. It is also co-sponsored with Facebook where they will be taking questions.