What better way to ring in Hispanic Heritage Month than hearing Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney repeatedlysay he wishes he were Latino?
Does Mr. Romney want to be Latino because we have a fantastic, layered culture? Or has his time on the political trail made him want to personally understand our experiences as first, second or third-generation Americans? No. In fact Mr. Romney's declaration -- most recently during a Univision interview -- was purely political. Because he knows that Latinos will help determine the next president.
Here's a newsflash, Mr. Romney -- Latinos look for more than a familiar name when they go to the voting booth. As a candidate, your stance on health care -- an issue Latinos regularly rank as one of the most important when they vote -- is so off-putting that no matter your heritage, Latinos cannot in good conscience vote for you.