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Moyers: The Rise of Hispanic America

The growing electoral clout of the Latino constituency is getting harder for national politicians to ignore.

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MARÍA ELENA SALINAS: 33-38 percent is what a Republican needs to win. So I guess basically we could say that it--

BILL MOYERS: Of the Hispanic vote?

MARÍA ELENA SALINAS: Of the Hispanic vote. So if it's--

JORGE RAMOS: Or they lose, they lose the White House.

MARÍA ELENA SALINAS: So if it's true that the Latino vote will decide the election then I guess right now--

JORGE RAMOS: It's been decided

MARÍA ELENA SALINAS: We can say that President Obama is going to win reelection.

BILL MOYERS: Does that surprise you given the fact that he has deported over a million Hispanics, given the fact that he came late to the DREAM Act, given the fact that you pressed him journalistically very hard on breaking his promise?

JORGE RAMOS: But on other hand--

MARÍA ELENA SALINAS: You know, I--

JORGE RAMOS: He has supported, he has definitely supported immigration reform. He definitely supports the Dream Act. And that's a stark difference with Mitt Romney.

BILL MOYERS: You were tough on President Obama when you asked him about why he broke his promise.

JORGE RAMOS: We had to press President Barack Obama on a promise he had made in 2008. He made a very important promise. He said that he was going to have an immigration proposal during his first year in office.

JORGE RAMOS in interview: Can you do it in a hundred days?

BARACK OBAMA in interview: I cannot guarantee that it will be in the first hundred days.

JORGE RAMOS in interview: How about in the first six months?

BARACK OBAMA in interview: What I can guarantee is that we will have, in the first year, and immigration bill that I strongly support and that I’m promoting. And that I want to move that forward as quickly as possible.

JORGE RAMOS in interview: In the first year?

BARACK OBAMA in interview: In my first year in office.

JORGE RAMOS: Obviously we're forgetting that the country was in deep recession, there was-- it was very difficult to move anything in Congress. But again if you promise something you better keep that promise or otherwise we're going to ask you about it.

JORGE RAMOS at the Univision Presidential Forum: You promised that. And a promise is a promise. And with all due respect, you didn't keep that promise.

BARACK OBAMA at the Univision Presidential Forum: I am happy to take responsibility for the fact that we didn't get it done, but I did not make a promise that I would get everything done a hundred percent when I was elected as president. What I promised was that I would work every single day as hard as I can to make sure that everybody in the country, regardless of who they are, what they look like, where they come from, that they would have a fair shot at the American dream. And I have -- that promise I kept.

BILL MOYERS: What do you think now about his response?

JORGE RAMOS: I think he was very honest with the response. But if he wants, 12 million people are going to go to the polls this November the 6th. And if they want something from us we’ve got to get something from them. And if he promised that he was going to have during his first year in office an immigration proposal he had to do that. When he had control of both chambers of Congress, when he had the supermajority he decided to go-- another way. Health care is fine, and it's a political priority, I understand that.