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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaks to National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials in Orlando

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Orlando, Florida -- Mitt Romney was in Florida Thursday, speaking in front of the largest Latino audience of his campaign.

But the presumptive Republican nominee is walking a tightrope between his conservative base and Hispanic voters who could prove to be pivotal in the presidential election.

It would have seemed natural for Mitt Romney to come to Orlando and talk about immigration in front of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). But in some ways, he finds himself cornered on the issue, and so he stuck with what's worked for him up to this point. The economy.

Romney also never mentioned Florida Senator Marco Rubio, a son of Cuban immigrants, who is rumored to be on the short list of Vice Presidential running mates and presumably a favorite with NALEO attendees. The omission leaves some to conclude that his people are confident enough in Florida that they won't go with Rubio.

Romney did lash out at what he called President Obama's failed policies.

"Is the America of 11 percent Hispanic unemployment the America of our dreams? We can do better," he said to the crowd.

He assured the crowd when he makes a promise, he'll keep it.


He assured the crowd when he makes a promise, he'll keep it.

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