By: Alan Gomez
MIAMI — A day after Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich fiercely attacked each other in the GOP presidential debate, they changed their focus today and trained their attacks on President Obama during a gathering of Hispanic leaders in Miami.
The candidates were among the featured speakers at the Hispanic Leadership Network conference…
The two GOP presidential candidates spent most of their time at the Hispanic Leadership Network event saying they would renew America’s commitment to working with Latin America, clamp down on the Castro regime in Cuba, and assist Mexico with the ongoing drug wars raging there.
And the two also repeated their plans to fix the broken immigration system in the United States.
Romney wants to shut off jobs that are available to the 11 million illegal immigrants living in the country illegally, forcing them to “self-deport” back to their countries.
Gingrich wants to create citizen boards that could grant legal status to some illegal immigrants who have been in the country for a long time, started families, established community ties and steered clear of legal problems.
Both men also tried to shore up their credentials with the Hispanic community. Gingrich did that by touting his help in passing the Helms-Burton law of 1996, which tightened the U.S. embargo on Cuba. Romney did that by having his youngest son, Craig, who spent years living in Chile, address the conference in Spanish.
“I know my father as a man of integrity, of character, of family, of faith,” Craig Romney told the crowd.
This originally appeared in the USA Today.