Barack Obama goes in quest of Hispanic votes Staff
Posted: Jun 13, 2011 11:45 AM
Barack Obama goes in quest of Hispanic votes
Editor's Note: This piece is co-authored by Glenn Thrush

President Barack Obama embarks this week on a pilgrimage familiar to generations of New York politicians, making a rare presidential trip to Puerto Rico that accentuates his campaign’s emerging focus on Hispanics as central to his reelection bid.

Obama’s attention to this subset of the country’s burgeoning Latino population is part of a broader strategy to boost historically low Hispanic registration and turnout in at least a half-dozen crucial swing states, including Florida and North Carolina — two states the president will visit Monday before arriving in Puerto Rico on Tuesday.