Joe Biden stated that Latinos in the United States have much more diversity of thought than black people do.
“Unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things,” Biden said in the interview recorded Tuesday and released Thursday. “You go to Florida you find a very different attitude about immigration in certain places than you do when you’re in Arizona.”
The former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate is correct that polls find far more variance among Hispanic and Latino Americans’ political attitudes than among black Americans.
For example, a Quinnipiac national poll conducted last month found that 77% of black voters said that they support Biden compared to 7% for Trump, while only 45% of Hispanic voters said that they support Biden compared the 35% for Trump.
Biden’s lack of support among Hispanic voters was an issue for him in the Democratic primaries, and he is hoping to increase his support among this voting bloc in the general election. Earlier this week, Biden released a plan this week for empowering the Latino community in the U.S.
The Tuesday interview was conducted to be aired at Thursday’s convention of the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
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