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3 Minutes of Puerto Ricans celebrating and rallying with Mitt Romney - March 16, 2012

11 more seconds of the rally

After a long celebration-- the rally lasted over an hour and included speeches by the city's Mayor and Puerto Rico's Governor, Mitt Romney spoke for about 6 minutes.

This rally ended with fireworks (not shown)

Luis G. Fortuño, Governor Of Puerto Rico, endorses Mitt Romney

“Mitt Romney is the one candidate who has the record, leadership, experience, and pro-growth plan to continue the course of private-sector job creation we’ve begun in Puerto Rico and provide economic stability for generations. Mitt Romney has shown throughout his life that the principles learned in the private sector can be applied to all challenges, whether it was saving the 2002 Olympics or balancing the budget as Governor.”

“Mitt Romney is the best candidate to reenergize Puerto Rico’s economy and continue the creation of jobs on the island,” said Governor Luis Fortuño. “We welcome Mitt and Ann to the island of enchantment. We are extremely committed to his campaign so that together we can bring his pro-growth message to the people of Puerto Rico so they can learn his plans and ideas to improve the quality of life of all Puerto Ricans.”

Puerto Rico is a territory of the U.S. with a population of 3.7 million people. 29 states have a larger population.

"Governor Luis G. Fortuño Was Elected in 2008. As Governor, he has reduced government size, closed the biggest deficit in the country and set the course for a balanced budget in his first term, cut taxes and revitalized the local economy. He serves as Chairman of the Southern Governors Association and President of the Council of State Governments. Prior to his election, he represented the people of Puerto Rico in the U.S. Congress. During his time in the U.S. House, Fortuño served as Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Conference and was a co-sponsor of the Puerto Rico Democracy Act."

Carlos Méndez, Mayor of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico endorses Mitt Romney

“Puerto Ricans overwhelmingly supported Governor Romney on Sunday and it is clear that he is the most capable candidate to bring jobs to Puerto Rico and fix the mess in Washington, DC. It is time for Republicans to unite behind the one candidate who can defeat President Obama. That leader is Mitt Romney, and I am proud to support his campaign.”

More Puerto Rico endorsements

“We need a new direction and new leadership in Washington,” said Zoraida Fonalledas, National Committeewoman of the Puerto Rico Republican Party. “Mitt Romney has been a successful leader his entire life and is the right person to lead our country at a time when our economy is struggling. Mitt was a successful businessman who helped start companies, saved the Olympics from scandal, and brought fiscal sanity to his state as governor. That is why I strongly support his campaign and it is why Puerto Ricans should support him on Sunday.”

Puerto Rico Supporters Include:

• Governor Luis Fortuño

• Jenniffer González-Colón: Speaker of the House of Representatives

• Thomas Rivera Schatz: President of Senate

• Jorge Santini: Mayor of San Juan

• Héctor O'Neill: Mayor of Guaynabo

• Zoraida F. Fonalledas: National Committeewoman – Republican Party Of Puerto Rico

• Mario Gaztambide: Treasurer – Republican Party Of Puerto Rico

• Héctor Ramos: Legal Counsel Republican Party Of Puerto Rico

• Hon. José Torres Zamora: State Legislator – Chair, House Republican Caucus

• Hon. Vanessa Viera: Deputy Secretary Of The State Department Of Puerto Rico

• Hon. Luis Gerardo Rivera Marín: Secretary Of The Department Of Consumer Affairs – Deputy Legal Counsel – Republican Party Of Puerto Rico

• Gloria Escudero: President – National Federation Of Republican Women - Puerto Rico Chapter

• Luis Carlos Maldonado: President – Federation Of Municipal Legislators

• Jorge San Miguel: Deputy Director For Federal Affairs – Republican Party Of Puerto Rico

• Andrés Guillemard, Sr.: President: Lone Star Insurance Producers, Inc.

• Antonio Hernández: Deputy Legal Counsel – Republican Party Of Puerto Rico

• Eduardo Emanuelli: Insurance Broker – Carrion, Laffitte & Casellas Insurance Company

Hispanic Leaders endorse Mitt Romney

• Carlos Gutierrez - Sec. of Commerce, 2005-2009. Served as Co-Chair of U.S. Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba, President & CEO - Kellogg Company

• Mel Martinez - U.S. Senator, 2005-2009. Fmr. Sec. of Housing and Urban Development, fmr. Chairman, Republican National Committee

• Ileana Ros-Lehtinen - U.S. Representative, most senior woman in House of Representatives

• Mario Diaz-Balart - U.S. Representative, founding member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

• Lincoln Diaz-Balart - Chairman, Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, fmr. U.S. Representative

• Jose Fuentes - Fmr. Attorney General of Puerto Rico

• Hector Barreto - Chairman of the Board of The Latino Coalition, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, 2001-2006

• Zoraida Fonalledas – National Committeewoman, Republican Party of Puerto Rico

• Bertica Cabrera Morris – Native of Cuba, has been in Orlando since 1978

• Jorge Arrizurieta – Past president of Florida Free Trade of the Americas (FTAA)

• R. Alexander Acosta – Presently Dean of the College of Law at FIU in Miami, formerly U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida (2005-2009), Assistant Attorney General (2004-2005) and Member, National Labor Relations Board (2003-2004).

• Anna Escobedo Cabral – Served as 42nd Treasurer of the United States, Executive Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Republican Conference Task Force on Hispanic Affairs, President and CEO of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility and Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Latino Initiatives

• Remedios Diaz Oliver – Member of the Board of Directors of Cuban Liberty Council, U.S. Cuba Democracy PAC, The Florida Council of 100, etc.

• Rafael Elias Linero – Active member of the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC)

• Rudy Fernandez – Special Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs, The White House 2005-2007

• Sharon Castillo – Managing Director, CLS & Associates

• Sal Gomez – Awarded the National Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s; received a lifetime achievement award from the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Co-Founder of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

• Michael Barrera – Served as President and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

• Allen Gutierrez – Former Chief Operating Officer of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

• Steve Galvan – Received five presidential appointments to the Executive Office of the President at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

• James Campos –Director of Government Relations & Renewable Energy Initiatives for the College of Southern Nevada

• Jeanette Prenger –President and Owner of ECCO Select, an IT consulting and human capital firm and one of the top 500 Hispanic Businesses in the United States

• Aner Iglesias – Operator of chain of supermarkets; member of the Latin Chamber of Commerce and the Mexican-American Grocers Association

• Jerry Natividad – Former chair of the Colorado Republican Hispanic Assembly; Former board member of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and has served on the board of the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

• Hector Barajas – Communications director for the California Senate Republican Caucus and Spanish media spokesman for the Republican National Committee. Political analyst for Univision and Telemundo

• Michael Zajur – Chair of the Virginia Latino Advisory Board

• Cici Rojas – Former President and CEO of the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Former President and CEO of the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

• Alfonso Pino, M.D. – Founded an anesthesiology group which currently serves eleven Dallas area hospitals and surgery centers. Served as Vice Chairman of the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Sen. Mel Martinez:

“The next election is the most important in decades,” said former U.S. Senator Mel Martinez. “Whether we replace President Obama with a true conservative will have ramifications perhaps for generations. Mitt Romney’s strategy for a ‘Smaller, Simpler, Smarter’ government will help get government out of the way of the private sector and allow for small businesses to do what they do best: create jobs.”

Carlos Gutierrez:

“Throughout his life, Mitt Romney has demonstrated the values that we are looking for in our next President. Whether as a business leader, head of the Olympics or governor, Mitt Romney has used conservative principles to turn around tough situations. We need a president who can do the same for our economy and country.”

Nevada Latin Chamber of Commerce President endorses Romney

“LAS VEGAS (AP) — The president of one of Nevada's most prominent Hispanic groups is endorsing Republican Mitt Romney for president.

“Latin Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Otto Merida tells The Associated Press Thursday that Romney is the best candidate to fix Nevada's struggling economy.”

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) endorses Mitt Romney

“Voters in Washington State are looking for a change,” said Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler. “Our country simply cannot take four more years of out of control government spending, rising unemployment, and sinking home values. Mitt Romney is the proven leader who has the character and the experience to lead this country. His vision of a ‘Simpler, Smaller, and Smarter’ federal government is what America needs to get back on track. I urge all those who are concerned about the direction of our country to join me in supporting Mitt Romney.”

"Jaime is the first Hispanic to represent Washington state in the U.S. Congress."

American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas endorses Mitt Romney

Al Cardenas
Al Cardenas


Announcing his support, ACU Chairman Al Cardenas said, “Throughout this campaign I have heard from many candidates on how they are uniquely qualified to get our country back on track. While I am proud of all of them, I know that one man stands head and shoulders above the rest. That man is Mitt Romney. I have seen him up close for many years and I know he is the conservative we need to lead our country. Throughout his life, he has shown proven experience in job creation, balancing budgets, and turning around troubled enterprises. I’m also quite proud of his vision for the future that he has outlined, including his plan for more jobs, lower taxes, and less government. America needs Mitt Romney and I am pleased to stand with him.”

“Ahead of today's meeting, Al Cardenas said, "Governor Romney rightly believes that the best ally of peace in the world is a strong America. He sees the new generation of challenges confronting our nation from abroad, and he is ready to lead our country. I am proud to be among this distinguished group working with Governor Romney." ” ((Governor Mitt Romney Announces Latin American Policy Advisory Group - Feb 28, 2007)

Cardenas is the former two-term Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. While in this role, he was appointed by the Republican National Committee Chairman to serve on the Executive Committee. He was the first Hispanic to head a major state party and remains the only Hispanic Republican Party Chairman in Florida history. In 2004, he served as Co-Chair of the Bush-Cheney Florida campaign. He is a regular opinion editorial columnist for El Diario, the largest circulating Spanish-speaking newspaper in America, and has appeared frequently on many English and Spanish TV news programs. Cardenas has represented Florida at every Republican National Convention since 1976 and held positions for both Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. In Florida, Governor Jeb Bush appointed him to the Board of Trustees of FAMU. He is also a national board member of the American Conservative Union. He was recently named as one of Poder Magazine's Top 50 Most Powerful Hispanics. Cardenas is currently a partner in the Tew Cardenas law firm which has offices in Miami, Tallahassee and Washington, D.C.