Forget birtherism, Mitt Romney is out to portray President Obama as cozy with Latin American dictators and their families in the GOP candidate's latest crop of Spanish-language television ads hitting voters in Florida.
The 30-second slot targets the Miami area's conservative-leaning Cuban population, a voting bloc the Romney campaign has continuously attempted to court. But with just five days left until election results start officially rolling in, the Romney campaign is grasping for a new narrative against Obama by subtly stoking fears of his foreign roots - and that foreign dictators love him.
The Miami Herald first reported on the ad blitz that showed on the Spanish-language television channel in the area, linking President Obama with Venezuela's Hugo Chávez, Fidel Castro's niece Mariela, and communist heavyweight Che Guevara. Here's the Herald's translation of the video:
NARRATOR: Who supports Barack Obama?CHAVEZ: "If I were American, I'd vote for Obama."NARRATOR: Raúl Castro's daughter, Mariela Castro, would vote for Obama.CASTRO: "I would vote for President Obama."NARRATOR: And to top it off, Obama's Environmental Protection Agency sent emails for Hispanic Heritage month with a photo of Che Guevara.CHAVEZ: "If Obama were from Barlovento (a Venezuelan town), he'd vote for Chávez."ROMNEY: I'm Mitt Romney, and I approve this message.
The dig against the EPA was chalked up as an error by an individual staff member last month who has since apologized for the mistake. As for Chavez, this summer the Venezuelan leader criticized the GOP presidential candidate with attacks and referred to Obama as "a good guy."
Obama currently holds a strong lead with Latino voters - the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo poll shows the president leading Romney 70% to 25% among likely Latino voters.