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Presidential candidates answer questions at the LULAC National Convention

The League of United Latin American Citizens convention in Milwaukee is an opportunity for some Democratic presidential candidates to appeal to Latino voters.

Wisconsin is a critical swing state with a growing Latino community and so the candidates are wasting no time reaching out to voters.

Julian Castro addressed the LULAC audience Thursday with what was part presidential stump speech.

“What’s your message to Latino voters here in Wisconsin?” WISN 12 News reporter Kent Wainscott asked Castro.

“Participate. The Latino community is growing, a very hard-working community, full of the values that make our country a great nation,” Castro said. “But there’s no question that we have to get out and vote.”

Elizabeth Warren, meanwhile, took a walking tour through the predominantly Latino Walker’s Point neighborhood with a local community leader and the 22-year-old son of undocumented immigrants.

“He also living proof that the fight is not over, there’s so much more to be done. That’s why we’re here today. That’s why we’re going to stay engaged. And that’s why 2020 matters so much,” Warren said.

Wainscott asked people what presidential candidates have to say to connect with community.

“Well, candidates need to make sure that they do not see Latinos as a single-issue people,” Latino community leader Tony Baez said.

“When you talk about Latino voters, we’re not a single-issue community. Nor are we a single-party community. We’re not all Democrat. We’re not all Republican. Some of us don’t even have a party. And so I think you have to tread those waters carefully,” Milwaukee voter Eduardo Perea said.

The Latino community is becoming an increasingly influential. It’s going to be important for candidates throughout the election to really understand that community and the issues important to them, Wainscott said.

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