WASHINGTON – Mitt Romney’s campaign should appeal to “conservative values: faith, family, hard work, responsibility” in making his case to Latino voters, Ted Cruz, the Republicans’ latest rising star, said Sunday.
"A friend of mine, a Hispanic entrepreneur, asked me a question some time ago. He said, ‘When is the last time you saw an Hispanic panhandler?’ I think it’s a great question. I’ll tell you, in my life I never once have seen a Hispanic panhandler because in our community, it would be viewed as shameful to be out on the street begging,” said Cruz, who won an upset victory last week in Texas to become the Republican nominee for the Senate.
"Those are all conservative values: faith, family, hard work, responsibility. And I think what Gov. Romney needs to do, what he is doing, is defending those values and making the case that the Obama agenda has been incredibly destructive to the Hispanic community," he said.
Since Republicans have a strong lead in the state, Cruz, a favorite of tea party conservatives, is all but assured of victory in the fall over Democrat Paul Sadler, a former state representative.
A graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School and the former Texas solicitor general, Cruz already is being touted by some Republicans as a future national star who, along with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), could help counter the party’s deep deficit with Latinos voters.