Top Latino group interviewing candidates for presidential endorsement

Top Latino group interviewing candidates for presidential endorsement

The Latino Victory Fund (LVF), a top progressive Hispanic advocacy group, has been quietly interviewing Democratic presidential candidates ahead of an official endorsement.

The group's board has so far hosted former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket MORE and held a conference call with former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket The Hill's Campaign Report: Gloves off in South Carolina MORE, according to an LVF official.

Meetings with Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. The Hill's Campaign Report: Gloves off in South Carolina Lawmakers grill Ticketmaster, StubHub execs over online ticketing MORE (D-Minn.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Push for national popular vote movement gets boost from conservatives MORE (D-Mass.) are also planned.

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"Members of the Latino Victory Fund board have been engaging in serious and thorough conversations with Democratic presidential contenders," said an LVF official.

"So far, they’ve discussed some of the most pressing issues affecting the Latino community like health care, the economy, immigration, Puerto Rico, white supremacy, amongst others, with Vice President Joe Biden and former Mayor Pete Buttigieg. We’re eager to continue the conversation with the rest of the Democratic field," added the official.

The group's board expects to endorse a candidate before Super Tuesday, March 3, which will include ballots cast in the Latino-heavy states of California and Texas.

The LVF generally does not endorse non-Hispanic candidates, but makes an exception to that rule for presidential contenders.

The group had endorsed former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian CastroJulian CastroThe Hill's Campaign Report: Bloomberg to face off with rivals at Nevada debate How the media fall in and out of love with candidates Key Latino group endorses Sanders ahead of Nevada caucuses MORE before he dropped out of the race.

The LVF board members have so far asked questions on issues ranging from health care, to immigration, to Puerto Rico.

"Latino voters will play such a critical role in the Democratic primary and in the general election -- that's why we want to ensure that all the candidates are centering Latino voters in their respective agendas," said the LVF official.