Politics & Policy

Fiorina Talks to Latino Business Community

Yesterday, GOP senate candidate Carly Fiorina hosted a town hall meeting with Latino business leaders at a Cuban-American San Diego restaurant, focusing on fiscal topics such as job creation, reducing the national debt, and encouraging economic growth.

It was a timely message for the restaurant’s co-owner, Dan Mera, who told San Diego TV station KUSI that he feared his restaurant would go under if the Bush tax cuts were not extended. And for Hispanics, who face a much higher nationwide unemployment rate (11.9 percent) than average (9.5 percent), job creation is a message that may resonate.

Fiorina, who is about three points behind Sen. Barbara Boxer in the latest polls, has had trouble gaining backing from Latinos. A Los Angeles Times/USC poll showed Boxer 38 points ahead among Latinos, although the SurveyUSA poll released this week gave Boxer a much smaller 19-point lead among Hispanics. Nearly 20 percent of California voters are Latino.

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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