Rick Perry's Latino Outreach Video Says “Beginning Today You Can Early Vote”

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Republicans must be so used to disenfranchising Latino voters that they can't help themselves…

Today — on the last day of early vote — Perry's campaign released a video on their Spanish-language website and on their Spanish-language Facebook page that encourages everyone to vote early “beginning today.” The video was released about five hours ago and only has 12 views (I'm guessing all but 4-5 of them are from me). Here's the video, with the script for the video, and remember they just released this TODAY:

Hi, I’m Alejandro Garcia, spokesperson for the Rick Perry campaign. Beginning today you can vote early. If you are a person of faith, family, conservative values, vote for Rick Perry. These are the most important values to him and for us. If you want a governor who will keep Texas as the best state in the country for jobs, Rick Perry is your candidate. Take your family and friends, and let’s keep moving Texas forward.

Additionally, in the eleven days since its been on Facebook, only three people have “liked” one of Perry's other Spanish-language ads — and all three are staffers of Rick Perry. See the photo of Perry's other Spanish-language fail here.

Much like he has with his social media campaign, Rick Perry and his team have made a lot of noise about how they are really doing great to reach out to Hispanic voters. It's a shame that the press corps gives them so much ink every time they pronounce this; hopefully, they will follow up with the fact that — quite clearly — the Perry campaign has been and never was serious about reaching out to Latinos.

Maybe this is why “House, Senate Dems Slam Perry Over Attack Ad”:

Texas House and Senate Democrats unleashed a diatribe today against Gov. Rick Perry during a conference call with reporters, lambasting what they say is an underhanded attempt to promote Arizona-style immigration laws in his recent attack ad against Democratic challenger Bill White.


Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, says the spot is “disingenuous and offensive.” Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, says it's best described by the Spanish word asco (disgust) and that it is evidence Perry has shifted toward a hard-line stance on state enforcement of immigration laws.

“I think it’s very hurtful for the governor — who has said to the Latino community that he did not think Arizona-type legislation was appropriate for us — to then turn on us,” Van de Putte said during the call. The ad makes no specific reference to Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 — most of which was gutted by a district judge whose decision is now on appeal — but Uresti says people could read between the lines. 

“There is a hidden message there, which is ‘We’re going to bring in immigration reform via Arizona-style type laws.’  It is very clear. So he is talking out of both sides of his mouth,” he says.


State Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, says Perry is scapegoating Latinos to pursue his ultimate goal: deflecting attention away from more pressing issues.

“He [Perry] uses these distractions to ignore our priorities, including our $25 billion budget crisis, our broken school finance system, and the fact that 6.4 million Texans are without health care,” he says. “That’s where the debate and discussion should lie in this election, and I for one am tired of our community being used as a political football when it’s convenient.”


About Author

Phillip Martin

Currently the Research and Policy Director for Progress Texas and the Texas Research Institute, Phillip Martin writes occasional long-form pieces for BOR that promote focused analysis and insight into Texas politics. Born and raised in Austin, Phillip started working in politics in 2003 and started writing on BOR in the summer of 2005. Phillip has worked for the Texas Democratic Trust, the Texas Legislative Study Group, and now the Progress Texas family. He is a lifelong Houston Astros fan, a loyal Longhorn, and loves swimming at Barton Springs Pool.

1 Comment

  1. RichardsonDemocrat on

    This is
    just about the dumbest thing I've ever heard.  If this is true (and it sounds like it is), and if Rick Perry substantially loses the vote from Hispanics, this should be a big deal.

    Rick Perry has been appealing to the white minority in here for 10 years and Republicans are going to wake up one day and realize that they are in the minority for the next 100 years.

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