CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- President Obama’s appearance Thursday at a town hall here completes a historic event for Latino voters in the U.S. – the first time both major party presidential nominees have sat down for an hourlong meet-the-candidate session with a Spanish-speaking television network.
The session with Obama will be livestreamed and broadcast in Spanish and in English, with questions coming from Univision television news hosts. As he speaks, Obama’s words will be simultaneously translated on earpieces for Spanish speakers in the live audience.
Republican Mitt Romney participated in the first half of the “El Gran Encuentro” event here, on the campus of the University of Miami, on Wednesday.
The event wasn’t the first choice of Univision executives, who had hoped that the Commission on Presidential Debates would select one of their journalists to participate in the face-to-face debates between the candidates this fall.
When the list of debate moderators came out a few weeks ago, several people at the network were stunned to see that there were no journalists of color at all in the schedule, said Jose Zamora, a spokesman for Univision News. The network chief executive sent a letter asking the commission to reconsider.