In Wake of Immigration Policy Announcement, Latina Talk Show Behemoth Cristina Endorses Obama

Obama made his big immigration announcement on Friday morning, perfect timing for weekend reflection. And in case you were sweating it: Cristina's video people were on call. In a first-ever presidential endorsement that will no doubt be a huge deal among older Latinos, wildly popular Cuban-American talk show host Cristina Saralegui—who's been a prominent fixture on Univisión, then Telemundo, for over two decades—has publicly backed the President. In a video released Monday in both English and Spanish, she talks about how she immigrated here from Cuba when she was 12—at an age that would have been affected by Obama's recent immigration announcement—"because my parents wanted to give me new opportunities to succeed." But her focus wasn't entirely on immigration: in recent years she's been a big advocate of educating elder Latinos about AARP, so the video also makes sure to mention health care and social security. The video in English, via TPM:

The move is significant not just because Cristina has a lot of influence over her audience. It's because she's an older Cuban-American in Miami—in a swing state where politics among certain Latino groups tends to be more conservative than other parts of the country, particularly among older Cuban-Americans. In a race that, from here, looks like it could be a tight one, an endorsement such as Cristina's is no small get.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at June 18, 2012, 6:12am

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