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Politicians use social media to reach Hispanic voters


Many politicians using social media to reach out to voters, but only a few Texas politicians are using the platform to reach out to Hispanic voters.

Attorney General Greg Abbott, in preparation for his campaign, has created a second website and twitter in Spanish.

News Channel 25's Markeya Thomas spoke with the president of the Killeen council of League of United Latin American Citizens to get his response.

"I'm flattered that they finally realized the importance of the Hispanic vote, and those are means of communication," said Raul Villaronga.

Villaronga knows the importance of reaching out to voters, because he is also a former mayor of Killeen. He says although he's flattered, he senses a bit of hypocrisy of the effort.

"To be candid, most of those are doing the twitter have someone in their staff that speaks Spanish, and is doing that for them."

He says politicians should go one step further.

"Those that don't speak a word of English or Spanish, and they're always trying to communicate to the Spanish by means of somebody else," he explains. "Come on, learn a few words."

However, he's not implying Hispanics should be catered to. In fact, he says he believes everyone in America should speak English.

"If you're going to live in the United States, you need to learn how to speak English. There's no question about it."

Villaronga says he would like to see politicians to take it one step further in effort to connect with the Hispanic community.

"Come on, learn a few words. No is no in Spanish, as well as, English. Gracias means thank you."

During Rick Perry's final run for governor, he won 40 percent of the Hispanic vote. Attorney General Greg Abbott says he would like to secure the same amount.

Senator Wendy Davis' team says they are also working on creating a website and twitter in Spanish. They did not say when it will be up and running.

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