By Amie Parnes - 01/26/12 05:27 PM EST
President Obama told Univision on Wednesday that all of the GOP candidates for president are “wrong for America.”
In an interview with Spanish-language television network, Obama turned down the opportunity to take a direct swipe at any one GOP candidate while the Republicans battle over who will be their party’s nominee.
"I'll let them determine who their standard bear is going to be," Obama said. "Until the Republicans have a nominee, we don't have a campaign. Right now they have to decide who it is that they want representing them."
"They believe that we should make the tax code more unequal, they believe that we should not provide a pathway to citizenship for young people who were brought here when they were very, very young children ... they've said they would veto the DREAM Act. Both of them," Obama said. "I think that whether it's Mr. Romney or Mr. Gingrich or Mr. Santorum or whoever else they might select, they represent a fundamentally different vision of America."
Asked whether Mitt Romney's tax rate represented inequalities in the tax system, Obama responded, "Well, I'll let Gov. Romney speak to his own taxes."
"What I know is that as a general rule, those who are making the most in the top 1 percent or in the top one-tenth of 1 percent often times pay lower tax rates than their secretaries, or their drivers, or the people who are working in their homes," Obama said. "And that's not fair.
The interview comes as GOP candidates are campaigning in swing state Florida for the all-important Hispanic vote.
Obama's support among Hispanic voters is down, partly because they are disappointed that he didn't keep his promise on immigration.
But Obama said his inaction on immigration is "very simple."
"We couldn't get any Republican votes. Zero. None," he said, adding that he could not have been "any clearer" about his position on the issue in his State of the Union address Tuesday.
In the interview, Obama said he's spending his time trying to "persuade as many members of Congress as possible," as well as the American people, that "we're making progress."
While Republicans are accusing him of campaigning, he said his "general instinct is to focus on doing my job because my attitude is, if I'm doing my job well, the politics will follow."
Obama is in the midst of a campaign-style barnstorming through five swing states on the heels of his State of the Union address, but he insisted "we don't have a campaign" until the GOP has a nominee.