Romney ad ties Obama to Castro, Chavez, Che

A Spanish-language ad from Mitt Romney's campaign ties President Obama to three Latin American figures hated in Florida's Cuban population: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro and communist revolutionary Che Guevara.

The ad has not been released by the campaign; the Miami Herald caught it on Spanish-language TV in Miami, where the paper says it is running frequently. (Update: It is now on Romney's YouTube page.)

The ad features clips of Chavez and Mariela Castro (Fidel Castro's niece) saying they would vote for Obama if they could. The narrator adds that "to top it off, Obama's Environmental Protection Agency sent e-mails for Hispanic Heritage month with a photo of Che Guevara."  

More on that e-mail here; the EPA says it was sent by a staffer without approval. Both Chavez and Castro did say they would vote for Obama. Polls give Romney a slight edge in Florida. He needs strong support from Cuban Americans to win. 

The full translation, courtesy of the Herald: 

NARRATOR: Who supports Barack Obama?

CHAVEZ: "If I were American, I'd vote for Obama."

NARRATOR: Raúl Castro's daughter, Mariela Castro, would vote for Obama.

CASTRO: "I would vote for President Obama."

NARRATOR: And to top it off, Obama's Environmental Protection Agency sent e-mails for Hispanic Heritage month with a photo of Che Guevara.

CHAVEZ: "If Obama were from Barlovento (a Venezuelan town), he'd vote for Chávez."

ROMNEY: I'm Mitt Romney, and I approve this message.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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