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Blog Buzz: Did Romney Go ‘Brown’ for Spanish TV Interview?

Republican candidate appeared on Univision Wednesday


Mitt Romney’s appearance on Spanish-language channel Univision’s “Meet the Candidates” forum managed to stir up the blogosphere, and not because of his attempts to woo Latino voters. No, most bloggers seemed to notice that Romney’s skin seemed…browner than usual.

This led many of them to speculate on whether or not Romney had used “brownface” in a misguided attempt to appeal to Hispanic voters. Some blogs, like Gawker and Wonkette, concluded he had. Others felt it might have just been unfortunate makeup work.

A controversy over makeup is probably the last thing Romney needs, considering the rough patches his campaign has faced recently. He is also trailing Obama for support among Latino voters by 40%.

It also unfortunately overshadows Romney’s attempts to explain his policy ideas on issues important to Latino voters, such as immigration. When asked about it, he promised a “permanent solution” to a “broken” immigration system that wouldn’t involve a mass deportation of illegal immigrants. There were no specifics in his explanation, though.

A pity that a makeup malfunction — or “brownface”, take your pick — will overshadow the substance of what he said.

— Benjamin Nanamaker, InvestorPolitics Editor

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