Conan spoof of Mitt Romney’s Spanish-language ad features dancing dwarf

By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, July 20, 2012 10:45 EDT
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A dwarf featured on Conan O'Brien's spoof of Mitt Romney's Spanish-language ad. Photo: Screenshot via TeamCoco.com.
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Conan O’Brien released his own version of Mitt Romney’s latest Spanish-language ad on Thursday night, featuring sombreros and a dancing dwarf.

The original ad, meant to bolster Romney’s appeal to the Latino community, features his son Craig saying that Romney “values very much that we are a nation of immigrants.”

Craig Romney also touches on his family’s Mexican heritage, saying: “My grandfather George was born in Mexico. For our family, the greatness of the United States is how we respect and help each other, regardless of where we come from.”

The ad does not mention that Romney’s father was born to Americans who fled the United States to join a Mormon polygamy commune in Mexico. It also does not mention that Romney has said he favors “self deportation” for immigration reform — I.E., making conditions for immigrants so uncomfortable and unlivable that they simply choose to leave.

Despite Romney’s appeal to Spanish-speakers, President Barack Obama holds a commanding lead, scoring 70 percent support among the Latino community in a recent McClatchy Newspapers poll, versus Romney’s meager 22 percent.

President Obama has said he supports the DREAM Act, which would allow the children of undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S., provided they go to school. However, because Republicans have persistently blocked comprehensive immigration reform, he resorted to an executive order that places students at the bottom of the immigration enforcement priorities list, effectively stopping their deportations people. Romney has vowed to undo that executive order if elected president.

This video is from TBS’s “Conan,” broadcast Thursday, July 20, 2012.


Photo: Screenshot via TeamCoco.com.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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