Last month, however, Trump announced plans to provide nearly $ 13 billion in federal aid to repair the island’s electrical and educational infrastructure – a sharp reversal after Trump’s repeated comments on no longer want to help.
The governor’s approval is set to help Trump woo the Latino communities he increasingly needs to win the battlefield state of Florida. While much of the president’s campaigning has been aimed at getting support from South Florida Cuban Americans and Venezuelan Americans, he is also trying to get Puerto Rican support in central Florida – a growing bloc in the state.
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About 17 percent of Florida’s 14 million registered voters are Hispanic. Pollsters estimate that over 30 percent are Cuban ancestry and about a quarter have Puerto Rican roots.
Trump Victory, the joint committee of Trump and the Republican National Committee, hailed the governor’s approval as “further evidence of the excitement that President Trump is creating among Boricuas and all Hispanics,” said spokeswoman Danielle Alvarez.
Trump’s campaign on Tuesday ran a Spanish-language radio ad aimed at Puerto Ricans, arguing, “Joe Biden and Democrats never cared about Puerto Rico.”
Vázquez’s approval was originally due to take place last Friday in central Florida Trump’s planned rally in Sanford, Florida, she said in an interview with Telemundo. However, this rally was canceled due to the president’s diagnosis of Covid-19.
Last month, Biden made a campaign stop in nearby Kissimmee, Florida to publicize his policy Plan for Puerto Ricans, flanked by Puerto Rican singers Ricky Martin and Luis Fonsi.
Democrats on Tuesday quickly shouted Vázquez’s endorsement in repayment for Trump’s promise to give disaster money to the island.
“There is no other explanation. After all, she is from the island’s statehood party, and the president has made it clear that he is vehemently against statehood, ”said Florida Rep. Darren Soto, a Democrat who is the state’s first congressman of Puerto Rican descent.
Pointing to polls showing that Puerto Ricans in Florida overwhelmingly support island statehood, Soto said Vasquez was an advocate of Trump Even more ridiculous when Republicans believe this will benefit his campaign in the state. Trump has long been against Puerto Rican statehood.
Vázquez’s endorsement is unlikely to affect a significant number of Puerto Rican voters as it is unpopular on the island. In August she lost her party’s primary election for statehood. She never actually did was elected governor – Vázquez took office following the resignation of former governor Ricardo Rosselló after weeks of protests against a series of scandals.
“She’s so unpopular on the island that she couldn’t even win a primary as a seated governor,” said Charlie Rodriguez, leader of the Puerto Rican Democratic Party. “I can’t see anyone in a state like Florida that has to care or change their voice.”
Marc Caputo contributed to this report.