A actor and activist who is famous for his role in the 1987 film “La Bamba” on Sunday said that Mitt Romney has begun pandering to Hispanic voters now that he has become the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
“We call that Hispandering,” Esai Morales told CBS News’ John Dickerson in a recent interview. “The problem is that, you know, with Romney, he’s says his grandparents or his father was born in Mexico. I surprised I’m not seeing him in a photo op outside of a taco stand.”
“But I’m in the middle on this one,” he added. “I was looking forward to a lot more immigration reform from our current president. I supported him.”
“Remember what you promised us,” Morales advised President Barack Obama. “Be true to yourself because every time you don’t, you give the opposition a lot of ammunition to say, you know, where’s that change that was promised?”
During the Republican primary battle, Romney had courted conservative voters with anti-immigration positions. He called Arizona’s tough immigration law a “model” for the country; he promised to veto the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act; and he said that undocumented immigrants should self-deport.
But now that the former Massachusetts governor has pivoted to his general election campaign, he is considering support for a version of the DREAM Act sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and insisting that he only supported the uncontroversial parts of the Arizona immigration law.
Watch the video below from CBS’s Face the Nation, broadcast April 29, 2012.