Launches 'No Somos Rubios' Campaign

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MIAMI, Fla. – Outside the Hispanic Leadership Network’s 2012 Conference, Latino advocacy organization Presente Action launched the campaign “NO SOMOS RUBIOS,” (We are not Marco Rubios!) with a protest staged by Florida DREAM Act students and others beneath a circling airplane with trailing banner that flew overhead for an hour. The campaign will also release its NO SOMOS RUBIOS video, a television ad revealing what Presente Action considers to be Senator Rubio's "anti-Latino" record. Presente Action is also asking its more than 250,000 members to donate money that will allow them to place the ad on Florida television in the next few days before the Jan. 31 primary.

GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich recently made a public statements supporting a possible Rubio vice presidential candidacy.

Felipe Matos, campaigner for Presente Action, called Marco Rubio "the anti-Immigrant son of immigrants, who supports Arizona’s racist SB-1070 law, rejects the DREAM Act and thinks that Latinos won’t notice that he’s closer to the Tea Party extremists than he is to Latinos on immigration and other key issues.”

Cynthia Arevalo, an immigration attorney and Florida representative of Somos Republicans, a Latino GOP organization that recently announced its support for Gingrich, said, “As a child of immigrants and as an attorney who has to listen daily to the tragic stories created by anti-immigrant policies supported by Marco Rubio, I think it's utterly ridiculous to think that he will 'deliver' Latino votes. Latinos are not stupid.”

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