Obama campaign national co-chair and Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria appeared on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports today, supposedly as an “expert” on Latino and women voters. Longoria is both Hispanic and female. Her pitch included fairly standard Obama campaign talking points surrounding the Affordable Care Act, but when host Andrea Mitchell brought the conversation around to the recent Puerto Rican Primary, which was won by Mitt Romney, Longoria delivered a broadside against Romney.
“Of all the candidates, Mitt Romney is probably the one on the wrong side of every issue pertaining to Latinos. Education, the economy, healthcare access, he’s campaigning with — er, he’s calling the anti-immigration law from Arizona a model law for the rest of the country,” Longoria said. “He’s campaigning with the author of it. That is polarizing to Latinos. He wants to veto the DREAM Act if he was in office. That is dangerous for our community. And Obama, for me, is the only one that understands that the success and the future of America is intricately tied to the success of the Hispanic community.”
Here’s the video of Longoria’s remarks, courtesy of MSNBC:
Interestingly, despite trumpeting Romney’s supposedly “anti-immigrant” credentials, Longoria declined to stake out a position in favor of outright amnesty for illegal immigrants herself. “The misconception is that Latinos are for illegal immigration,” Longoria said. “That’s just not true.”
That last point is debatable. A recent poll showed that just under half of all Latino voters find the mere mention of the word “illegal” regarding someone’s immigrant status to be “offensive.” 35 percent, meanwhile, thought it was “accurate.”