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Who's Who at the Republican National Convention: Latino Vote 2012
The Republican National Convention is from August 27 to August 30 and these are the people that Latino voters should be paying most attention to.

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The Republican National Convention

Thousands will descend on Tampa, Florida for this year's Republican National Convention from August 27 to August 30. The convention is set to arguably be the most Latino-centric RNC in history. From the prime time speakers like Florida Senator Marco Rubio to Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval these are the people all Latino voters should know.

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Mitt Romney, Presumptive Republican Presidential Nominee

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney laughs at a campaign event at Saint Anselm College on August 20, 2012 in Manchester, New Hampshire. . Romney will give his acceptance speech on Thursday night in Tampa. 

Romney touts lower taxes, less regulation, balanced budget, more trade deals to spur growth. Replace jobless benefits with unemployment savings accounts. He opposes offering legal status to undocumented immigrants who attend college, but would do so for those who serve in the armed forces. Would end immigration caps for spouses and minor children of legal immigrants.

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Paul Ryan, Vice Presidential Nominee

Republican vice presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) comes from a state where Latinos are barely 4 percent of registered voters. Ryan will speak on Thursday night. Ryan voted against the DREAM Act in 2010. He noted in an ABC News interview earlier this year that he holds about six bilingual town hall meetings each year to accommodate Latinos in his district. Find out more here.

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Ann Romney, Mitt Romney's Wife

Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will speak on Monday night.

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The Romney Sons

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, speaks as his wife Ann Romney and their sons (L-R) Josh, Matt, Craig and Tagg look on at the Hotel Fort Des Moines on the night of the Iowa Caucuses January 3, 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Romney has 18 grandsons.

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Ted Cruz, US Senatorial Nominee (TX)

Ted Cruz is considered a Tea Party favorite and is scheduled to speak Monday night. 

The storyline has drawn comparisons to Marco Rubio, the Florida Cuban-American who rode a wave of Tea Party-fueled, anti-establishment anger to win a U.S. Senate seat in 2010.
But unlike Rubio, who served in the state legislature before winning his Senate seat, Cruz has never held elected office and his aggressive campaign against David Dewhurst, a well connected GOP politician, has ruffled feathers in Texas. Read more here.

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Marco Rubio, US Senator (Fla.)

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who was on the GOP short list for vice presidential contenders until nearly the very end, got something of a huge consolation prize – he will introduce Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention on Thursday night. Read more here.

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Susana Martinez, New Mexico Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is among the leaders who will address the Republican National Convention scheduled to speak on Tuesday night. Martinez has the distinction of being the first Latina governor of New Mexico. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, the first female governor of her state, will also speak. Read more here.

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Brian Sandoval, Nevada Governor

Gov. Brian Sandoval, Nevada's first Latino governor, says he will seek a second term because he needs more time to finish the work he has started. The Reno Gazette-Journal reported Wednesday that Sandoval, who was elected last year, plans to run for re-election in 2014. Less than a year into his job, Sandoval says he loves it. Read more here.

 

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Luis Fortuño, Governor of Puerto Rico

Governor of Puerto Rico Luis Fortuno is expected to speak on Monday night. He told Fox News Latino in an exclusive interview that a Hispanic of national stature on the GOP presidential  ticket would help the party rebuild bridges with the community and harness the Latino vote, the Governor of Puerto Rico said. Read more here. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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Luce Fortuño, Wife of Governor Luis Fortuño

Lucé Vela is the wife of Puerto Rico's Governor Luis Fortuño and is expected to speak at the Republican National Convention.

 

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Kris Kobach, Secretary of State of Kansas

Kris Kobach, the Secretary of State of Kansas, is known as the chief architect of the GOP's immigration stance. The platform stance on immigration is the brainchild of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the chief architect of the country’s most controversial state immigration laws, including Arizona’s SB 1070, key parts of which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down. Read more here.

 

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Joe Arpaio, Sheriff of Maricopa County

Joe Arpaio is the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America and is well known for his outspoken stance on illegal immigration. For years, Arpaio, has vehemently denied allegations that his deputies in Arizona's most populous county ethnically profile Latinos in his trademark patrols. Arpaio has instituted 'tent city' jail for his inmates. He also leads a cold posse investigation into President Barack Obama's birth certificate. Read more here.

 

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Carlos M. Gutierrez, Former Commerce Secretary

Cuban born Carlos M. Gurierrez previously served as the 35th U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 2005 to 2009. Gutierrez is a former Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Kellogg Company.

 

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Occupy Wall Street Protestors

Occupy Wall Street protestors are expected to protest outside the RNC throughout the week in Tampa. (Getty Images)

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The Tea Party

Tea Party supporters will make a showing at the RNC - perhaps not in protest - but they will definetly make themselves known. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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Isaac, The Storm

Isaac is expected to be a Hurricane by Monday and Tuesday and if it hits anywhere near Tampa - the Republican National Convention could be in jeopardy.

 

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Who's Who at the Republican National Convention: Latino Vote 2012

The Republican National Convention is from August 27 to August 30 and these are the people that Latino voters should be paying most attention to.

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