MIAMI – Puerto Rican singer Marc Anthony said in Miami that Hispanics could have a great influence on November’s presidential election and told them it is “very important” that they get out and vote.
Anthony spoke of the role Latinos will play in the next election in a brief speech at the inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama’s electoral campaign office in Little Havana, a Miami district with a large Hispanic population.
“As Latinos we have the opportunity to make a big difference in this election,” he said Thursday in a brief speech to Obama campaign volunteers and a crowd of his fans, adding that this has to be one of the most important elections ever.
The singer is working with the network of U.S. Hispanics for Obama, whom he also supported in the 2008 electoral campaign.
The visit by Anthony, who at the end of the ceremony received a portrait of renowned Cuban salsa queen Celia Cruz, coincided with Obama’s trip to Orlando in Central Florida, where the head of state took part in a series of fund-raisers.
In June, President Obama attended a concert that Anthony gave in Miami to raise funds for the chief executive’s reelection campaign that drew an audience of some 1,500 people, mostly Hispanics living in South Florida.
The campaign office in Little Havana will serve as headquarters for the president’s volunteers and others affiliated with the Democratic Party, who will inform voters about “the president’s achievements on behalf of Floridians and how he has kept his promises since he took office.”
Calculations are that 12.2 million Hispanics will go to the polls on Nov. 6, and both Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney are actively courting their votes.
In 2008, Obama received 67 percent of the Hispanic vote compared with 31 percent that went to the Republican candidate, John McCain.
Although Hispanics are disappointed by the lack of immigration reform during Obama’s presidency, he leads Romney among Hispanics by 67 percent to 23 percent, according to the NBC-Wall Street Journal-Telemundo poll published last week. EFE