Rubio is not ready to be president, Gonzales said, and the vice president “must be ready on day one.”“Rubio’s resume does not reflect someone prepared to confront serious and dangerous issues that our country faces as president,” Gonzales said.[…]Rubio might generate interest among Latinos “for the first 12 hours if selected for the number two spot, but that won’t last,” Gonzales said.The Republican Party should do more to court Latinos, Gonzales said.“We haven’t seen the GOP reach out to Latino voters (in the primaries). We’ve seen them alienate that vote,” he said.
Gonzales directly questioned the theory that the Cuban-American Rubio alone could bring Latinos back into the GOP fold: “I’ll tell you, the Hispanic vote has to be earned,” Rubio said in an interview with CNN en Español Friday. “You can’t just put somebody on there and say, ‘This is gonna deliver it.’ You’ve got to earn it, and primarily I think you earn it through economic policies.”
We are here. We are in Arizona, a major Latino state and home of next week’s Republican presidential primary. We are in Florida, another major Latino state and home to one of last month’s primaries. We are in large and small cities across America. DREAMers like us are here, working hard to serve our communities, and all we want is an opportunity to continue our work as residents and citizens.
You rarely leave Washington and Florida. You don’t know Latinos in the rest of the country and polls tell us that most Latinos don’t know you. And you don’t support the DREAM Act and other positive immigration policies strongly supported by most Latinos. So what gives you the authority to speak on behalf of Latinos on immigration?”