Hispanic Chamber endorses Clinton, Kasich
The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican John Kasich for president on Thursday.
In a statement the group’s president and CEO, Javier Palomarez, praised Kasich for his economic record as the governor of Ohio.
“Governor Kasich understands that sustainable economic growth is needed in order to allow the American people an opportunity to succeed, regardless of background,” Palomarez said. “He also understands that the Hispanic community is not monolithic, and that the issues most important to all Americans are: jobs, the economy, healthcare, education, immigration and national security.”
The endorsement of Kasich will sting Republican candidate Ted Cruz, the sole Hispanic left in the race. Palomarez told The Washington Post in an interview that the candidates’ ethnicities was not a deciding factor.
“This is not about being Hispanic. This is about selecting the best person for the job,” he said. “I’m heartbroken, heartbroken that I can’t endorse a Latino.”
“If you look at Ted’s divisive rhetoric about immigrants, it disqualified him from consideration,” Palomarez added. “His inability to work within his own caucus, let alone with Senate Democrats, made it hard for us to consider him. He also pushed for the deportation of up to 12 million people.”
Palomarez said in an accompanying statement that the group chose Clinton because her “views on issues important to America’s small business community are simply far more qualifying than the empty rhetoric and lackluster record of Senator Bernie Sanders.”
“Secretary Clinton has stood with the USHCC and the Hispanic community at-large for decades,” he added. “For more than 40 years, Secretary Clinton has fought to ensure that those who are willing to work hard in America have the opportunity to get ahead and stay ahead. From registering Hispanic voters in south Texas as a college student — to helping raise education standards in one of the poorest states in America as First Lady of Arkansas — to strengthening diplomatic and commercial ties around the globe for American small business owners as Secretary of State, Clinton has always stood by our community.”