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Obama woos Hispanic vote with talk of immigration reform

(Xinhua)

09:16, February 24, 2012

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday wooed Hispanic voters by promising immigration reform if he wins another term.

In an interview with Univision, a Spanish-language television network, Obama said he'll have more time to work on issues like immigration in his second term.

"My presidency is not over," said Obama to the network. "I've got another five years coming up. We're going to get this done." He then conceded the only way to push forward immigration reform is to pass it through Congress, "and that's why we have to keep the pressure up."

Obama then attacked his Republican opponents, saying "the Republican side, which used to at least give lip service to immigration reform, now they've gone completely to a different place, and have shown themselves unwilling to talk at all about any sensible solutions to this issue."

"Their leading candidate said he would veto even the DREAM Act, much less comprehensive immigration reform," said the president. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, the presumed GOP front- runner, has made the statement.

The Hispanics are a big voting bloc, and the majority of them usually support Democrats in elections.

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