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Major Latino group opposes Obama’s Syria strike

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Patrick Howley
Political Reporter

The country’s largest online Latino advocacy group condemned President Obama’s proposed Syria strike Tuesday and encouraged members of Congress to vote down Obama’s Syria resolution.

Some 81 percent of members of Presente.org voted against Obama’s proposed Syria strike, according to the organization’s internal polling.

“We join Latino Congress members in calling on Congress to obey the will of most Latinos and of most people in the United States by voting down the proposal to attack Syria,” Presente.org executive director Arturo Carmona said.

“Latinos are disproportionately represented in the lists of war casualties and do not want to send more of our youth to die in another unacceptable U.S. war,” Carmona said.

Univision News anchor Jorge Ramos recently blasted Obama for neglecting to sit for an interview with Univision regarding Syria, despite the high number of Latinos serving in the U.S. military.

“Pres. Obama gives 6 interviews today. None of those to Univision. Why? Hispanics also care about Syria. Same mistake as presidential debates,” Ramos tweeted Monday.

“150,000+ Latinos are serving in the U.S. military. But none of the 6 interviews given today by Obama include Univision #LessonsNOTlearned,” Ramos tweeted.

Obama won more than 70 percent of the Latino vote in the 2012 presidential election, according to Pew Hispanic Center exit polling, and will need to appeal to the Latino voting bloc again in order for his party to win the 2014 midterm elections.

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