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Villaraigosa on GOP's Lame Attempts to Woo Latino Votes: 'You can't just trot out a brown face'

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Taking another opportunity to bask in the national spotlight, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is braving the rough weather of Tampa, Florida today, and gave a press conference a few blocks from the site of the Republican National Convention.

At the news conference, Villaraigosa targeted the methods by which the GOP seems to be trying to court Latino votes, accusing the rival party of some "window-dressing" style phony-ism.

“You can’t just trot out a brown face or a Spanish surname and expect people are going to vote for your party or for your candidate,” said Villaraigosa.

Even though the GOP is giving high-profile speaking slots to Latinos like Texas Senate candidate Ted Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Villaraigosa believes the party's own policies and platform are inherently anti-Latino: "This is a party with a platform that calls for the self-deportation of 11 million people. … What country in the world has ever deported 11 million people?”

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In fact, on the bill today at the RNC are some major voices against illegal immigration, "like Iowa Rep. Steve King," notes MSNBC.

Additionally, L.A.'s departing mayor noted that he expect incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama will garner even more of the Latino vote this November than he did in 2008.