PresentePAC+ and MoveOn.org Political Action just released a 30-second ad that stars a Latina woman challenging Mitt Romney for his comment released in a leaked video earlier this week. The ad stars a Latina who takes Romney to task for saying he would have a better shot at winning the presidency if he were Latino. The ad, which is available in Spanish and English, was released just hours before the GOP presidential candidate makes a highly-anticipated appearance on Univision to discuss Latino issues.
The ad includes Romney’s remarks and a response from a Latina voter who points out that the reason Romney is losing among Latinos isn’t because of his race. Rather, it’s because of Romney’s position on the issues, such as his opposition to the DREAM Act, his support of Arizona’s draconian immigration law, and the fact that his party is engaged in efforts to suppress Latino votes.
The Spanish version of the ad will air on Spanish-language TV in the key swing states of Florida, Colorado, and Nevada. It begins airing Thursday and will run in Las Vegas, Denver, Miami, Orlando, and Tampa – all major markets where the Latino vote will be pivotal.
Colorlines.com has reached out to PresentePAC+ to identify the woman in the video. Her name is Telesh Pascual Lopez and her brief bio is below: Telesh Pascual Lopez is Kanjobal, Maya from Guatemala and comes from a family that has been practicing indigenous healing work for generations. Her commitment to healing justice is reflected in her work with organizations that focus on the needs of women, survivors of violence, LGBTQGNC community, and with individual activists and organizers.
* Story was updated 9/19/12 at 5:32pm EST.