No Bueno! Inflation Woes Overshadow Biden's Bid For Latino Support

By Maria Angelino | Thursday, 21 March 2024 10:30 AM
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Hispanic residents in border states are expressing dissatisfaction with President Biden's attempts to consolidate support for the 2024 election.

This sentiment was echoed by three Arizona voters who appeared on "Fox & Friends First" on Wednesday, expressing their discontent with the President's Latinos con Biden-Harris campaign pitch in Phoenix.

Monet Flores-Bacs, a 25-year-old voter, likened Biden's visit to Arizona to a "Band-Aid on a great, big open wound." She stated, "Despite what President Biden might want us to believe, the Latino community in Arizona is really hurting due to inflation."

The Latinos con Biden-Harris campaign program was launched by the President on Tuesday during a campaign stop in Arizona. Julie Chávez Rodríguez, the campaign manager, highlighted the importance of the Latino vote, stating, "The Latino vote was critical to the President’s victory in 2020, and 2024 will be no different."

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However, Flores-Bacs underscored the disparity between stagnant incomes and historically high living costs. "They're pandering to us," she said. "You can hear in their rhetoric that they don't take it seriously." As a native Arizonan and daughter of a Guatemalan immigrant, she expressed that inflation is making it increasingly challenging for Latinos to achieve their version of the American Dream.

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Moses Sanchez, a retired U.S. Navy petty officer who immigrated to the U.S. from Panama, echoed Flores-Bacs' sentiments. He criticized the lack of focus on everyday issues that matter to Latinos, such as economic stability, crime, public safety, supporting small businesses, and reducing inflation. "Those are the things that impact hardworking Latinos," Sanchez said.

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Sanchez also highlighted the disconnect between the Democratic Party and Latino voters. "It's a problem that the Democratic Party has here in Arizona," he said, adding that the administration will face a significant challenge convincing Latinos that their situation has improved compared to three years ago.

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Jorge Rivas, a Tucson-area restaurant owner, argued that Latinos should support conservative candidates. "Strong Latinos like ourselves, people that work hard every day – they're not going to support Biden and Harris because they haven't stepped up," Rivas said. He added, "Biden has really damaged our livelihood."

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Rivas, who migrated to the U.S. as a political refugee from El Salvador in the 1980s, cited high gas prices and a societal shift away from traditional moral values as reasons why Latinos are moving away from the Democrats. "We feel the only one that can do better for us and align with our values is Donald Trump," he said.

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The Hispanic voter base, one of the most valuable demographics for candidates in the 2024 presidential election, continues to grow. However, its historic affiliation with the Democrats has shown signs of wavering. A recent New York Times/Siena College poll found former President Trump holding a six-point lead over Biden among Hispanic voters.

Despite the challenges, Biden will continue his campaign to mobilize Latino voters in Texas on Wednesday.

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