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Obama Political Director Bashes Romney at TN Latino Summit

Tennessee Democratic Chairman Chip Forrester says the party’s first Latino Summit, held Saturday, was “about building bridges within our community, among different cultures,” reports The Tennessean.
“The Republicans are not building bridges, and their comments have made that absolutely clear. Their extremist views are not in line with what the community needs or wants.”
Forrester’s comments mirrored those of the summit’s keynote speaker, Katherine Archuleta, national political director for Obama.
… At one point, she said presidential candidate Mitt Romney demonized immigrants, a comment that drew cheers from the audience of about 100 Tennessee residents attending the five-hour conference at the United Steelworkers building in South Nashville.
“He has promised to veto the Dream Act if he’s elected and calls it a handout,” she added of Romney.
Adam Nickas, executive director of the Tennessee Republican Party, questioned why the president would send Archuleta to Nashville…. “I think it’s outrageous to send a campaign adviser down here when he’s done nothing to help the Latino voters in our state.”

TN Democrats Plan Latino Outreach

News release from Tennessee Democratic Party:
NASHVILLE — Democrats are building a plan to better engage Tennessee’s fast-growing Latino community and they’ve enlisted the help of Katherine Archuletta, the Obama campaign’s National Political Director.
Archuletta, the first Latina to hold that position on a major presidential campaign, will give remarks Jan. 21 in Nashville at the Tennessee Democratic Party’s inaugural Latino Summit.
The summit is the state party’s first step in engaging and energizing Hispanic Tennesseans for the 2012 election season. Members of the Latino and Hispanic community throughout Tennessee are encouraged to attend the free event and offer suggestions for improving community outreach.
Fabian Bedne, the first Latino elected to Metro-Nashville Council, is helping Democrats coordinate the statewide outreach and helped plan the summit.
“The challenges facing Latino Tennesseans and their families are by no means unique; many Tennessee families are working hard to find good jobs, to provide a good education for their children and to make sure their families can see a doctor when they need to,” Bedne said. “However, addressing those issues in Tennessee’s diverse communities may require unique solutions.
“We hope the summit will be starting place for encouraging more dialogue, engagement and participation in the civic process,” Bedne said. “We’ll only solve the big problems our communities face with more involvement from all our families.”
The Latino population in Tennessee has more than doubled over the last decade, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Census.
Ashford Hughes, political director for the Tennessee Democratic Party, said feedback from the summit will be used to craft programs specific to Latinos for voter registration, candidate recruitment and civic empowerment.
Anyone interested in learning more about the TNDP Latino Summit or interested in attending should contact the TNDP by phone at 615-327-9779.

Note: Spanish version of the release is below.

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