Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a Cuban-American rising star in the Republican party, just endorsed Mitt Romney for president, which in theory should give him a boost among Hispanic voters.
Except for a few problems. Romney is 180 degrees from positions most Hispanics support when it comes to immigration.
He opposes the DREAM Act. He opposes comprehensive reform that includes a path to legal status for undocumented residents. Romney also has talked tough during the campaign about mass deportation and building a fence along the Mexican border. His position on birthright citizenship still remains unclear.
Hispanics are the fastest-growing voting bloc, and if they contrast Romney's positions with those of President Obama and his administration, Republicans could have some serious problems in November, especially in swing states such as Florida and Colorado.
Obama says he's 100% for the DREAM Act and for allowing the country's 11 million undocumented immigrants a route to legal status. Nasty political battles over health care reform and the national debt made immigration reform implausible in Obama's first term.
But the president says that, if re-elected, he can find a way to get a comprehensive reform plan through Congress.