Hispanics in focus as GOP race intensifies in Fla.

AP News

1/27/2012 3:24:54 AM - AP News
DORAL, Fla. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is suggesting that the news media is responsible for tarnishing his party's reputation among immigrants.Addressing a Hispanic leadership conference near Miami, Romney said Republicans aren't against immigrants or immigration. He said a Romney presidency would expand legal immigration and bring a commitment and conviction that the mainstream media would not be allowed to confuse.Romney also said that in his first 100 days in office he would name a Latin American envoy to measure and improve relations with those countries. He also wants to create a hemispheric task force to focus on drugs and other threats from Latin America.He said America needs to work harder at selling democracy in the region.Newt Gingrich addressed the conference earlier Friday. Florida's presidential primary is Tuesday.