Photos: Craig Romney targets Colorado Latinos as dad Mitt prepares for debates

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After last week's Republican National Convention in Tampa, Mitt Romney has taken a break from the campaign trail to focus on debate preparation.

But that doesn't mean he's ignoring the key swing state of Colorado. Yesterday, the campaign brought Craig Romney, the candidate's youngest son, to Lakewood for an event targeting Latino voters.

Craig Romney's visit -- he appeared alongside Congressman Raul Labrador and Hector Barreto, former administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration under George W. Bush -- highlights the importance of Jefferson County, widely regarded as one of the most critical swing counties in the state. The event, which is part of the campaign's "Juntos con Romney" initiative, also underscores the significance of the Latino vote, which in 2008 helped Colorado go blue for Barack Obama.

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Craig Romney greets voters after his speech.
In the last presidential election, Latino voters played a key role for Obama in several battleground states, and both campaigns have devoted a lot of attention to this demographic in Colorado.

Craig Romney, who has courted the Latino vote across the country for his father, made a speech at the RNC, part of which was in Spanish.

But at the Lakewood Cultural Center, Romney decided to stick to English.

"It's a great privilege to be with you all," he said before offering a short greeting in Spanish. "I'll continue in English, because I know there's a mixed crowd in here today."

Romney was addressing an audience of around seventy or so attendees -- a blend of Latino residents and others who came out for the gathering even though it focused on Hispanic voters and small businesses.

"I'm kind of an ambassador, I guess, for the campaign. I'd love to hear the struggles that you're having. I'd love to hear how you think we can make things better," he said. "I'm not a policy expert...but I can tell you what an incredible man my dad is. I'm incredibly proud of him. I'd like to share just kind of personal stories about what kind of person he is, so you guys can get to know him a little better."

All five of the candidate's sons have been functioning as spokesmen for their father, often focusing on humanizing him.

And that's exactly what Craig, the youngest of the brothers at age 31, spent much of his speech doing yesterday.

"On vacation, what we like to do, my brothers and I have a little family Olympics," he said. "And we involve my dad. So we do silly stuff.... We do a little mile run, have a bike race, a sprint...stuff like that. My dad doesn't do well in all those events. The ones where he actually does do pretty well, we call them the lumberjack events, where we find a big hunk of wood and a saw and you time how long it takes to saw through the piece of wood and to nail ten nails into a piece of wood without bending any of it. So that's his specialty -- the lumberjack events."

Romney went on to criticize Obama's "If you've got a business, you didn't build that" quote, which has been at the center of the Republican campaign's attacks on the president's small-business record and was a theme at the RNC.

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Crowd at the Craig Romney event.
"It's unbelievable, because that's what he really thinks," Romney said of the Obama quote, which Democrats have repeatedly argued was taken out of context. "My dad...understands the hard work, the risk, the sacrifice it takes to build a business. And he loves small business owners."

Continue reading for comments from supporters at the event and more photos.


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Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

" Dad , I lived in a tanning bed for a week & had my hair darkened .

I went over and over the script . Bought the chihuahua you cleverly wanted named , 'Amigo' ,

and carried him with me up to the  podium . " 

Uh , you said the Mexicans wouldn't know the difference .....

" I believed they did ... "

" DAMN ROSETTA STONE !!! "

As reported on TMZ , by a waiter

overhearing the Gov and his son

during a recent meal ...

Fred Kaplan
Fred Kaplan

Romney is STUDYING for the debates? That's scary! How long has he been campaigning?

Fred Kaplan
Fred Kaplan

Romney is STUDYING for the debates? That's scary! How long has he been campaigning?

Armando Provencio
Armando Provencio

I always like this time of election season when the Republicans come out and acknowledge our existence!

Karlos Dainger
Karlos Dainger

there's like 10 people in that room.LoL.no bueno

Anita Bañuelos
Anita Bañuelos

Just because he can speak Spanish doesn't mean he understand the Latino Culture. We are not simple minded and to believe for one second that speaking Spanish would get his daddy votes. I take that as an insult.

Anita Bañuelos
Anita Bañuelos

Just because he can speak Spanish doesn't mean he understand the Latino Culture. We are not simple minded and to believe for one second that speaking Spanish would get his daddy votes. I take that as an insult.

Clifford Goose Adams
Clifford Goose Adams

Why would having a son who speaks Spanish help win Latino votes? Are you implying that Latino's are so simple that they will ignore Mitt's policies and record and vote for him because Craig told them to in their native language?

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

Yes, because I'd rather hear about his lame family sawing wood in the name of Joseph Smith than about foreign and domestic policy.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

His visit serves as a token for all "the little brown ones" too politically naive to know the harm Republicans have done to this country and seek to do to immigrants.

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