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2012 Election on the Line: The Latino Voter - Assumption vs. Reality

Thursday, October 4, 2012, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The Crawford Family Forum 474 South Raymond Avenue Pasadena, CA 91105 Map and directions
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Latinos are a decisive voting bloc in key battleground states with the potential to wield immense political power… and the Republicans and Democrats want and need their support. But what motivates these voters? Given the ethnic, generational and linguistic diversity within this group, can we even answer the question: “Who is the Latino voter?” As part of KPCC’s multi-platform coverage of the November election, the panel discussed wrong-headed assumptions and the realities that influence political attitudes and voting decisions. KPCC news editor Oscar Garza; Roberto Suro, director of USC’s Tomás Rivera Policy Institute; Mariel Garza, opinion editor for the Los Angeles News Group; and Antonio Gonzalez, president of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, brought this discussion into the Crawford Family Forum. Moderator: Oscar Garza, KPCC news editor Panelists: Mariel Garza, Opinion Editor, Los Angeles News Group, which includes the Los Angeles Daily News, the Long Beach Press-Telegram, and the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Antonio Gonzalez, President, Southwest Voter Registration Education Project Roberto Suro, Professor of Journalism and Public Policy, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism; Director, Tomás Rivera Policy Institute @KPCCforum @oscargarza893 @marielgarzaLANG