Choosing Paul Ryan for his running mate means that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is all but giving up on the Hispanic vote in November.
Ryan, the seven-term congressman from Wisconsin, has built a hard-line record on immigration issues and voted against the DREAM Act. Romney passed over several other candidates with more moderate immigration records, most notably Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who has urged the party to soften its stands on immigration matters.
Rubio tried to put together a Republican version of the DREAM Act earlier this year and at least had something to offer Hispanic voters.
"Throughout his life, Mitt Romney has made great decisions, and choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate is a truly inspired choice," a diplomatic Rubio said of the Ryan choice. "I got to know Paul during my Senate campaign when he endorsed me early on when I was still considered a long shot. Paul Ryan is a courageous reformer who understands our nation's challenges, has proposed bold policy solutions to solve them, and has shown the courage to stand up to President Obama and other Washington politicians trying to tear him down.
"The Romney-Ryan ticket is going to win in November because it offers the American people visionary leadership to recapture the free enterprise spirit that has empowered countless Americans to build businesses from scratch and live the American dream."
In the 2008 election, President Obama won 67% of the Hispanic vote against John McCain. In July, an NBC-Wall Street Journal-Telemundo poll found Obama is the choice of 67% of Hispanics this time around. Apparently Romney believes there is no changing that.
The Hispanic vote could tell the story in important swing states like Florida, Colorado and Nevada.