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Mitt Romney Backers, In Spanish-Language Ad, Say He Will Fight Castro, Chavez

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First Posted: 01/23/2012 3:22 pm Updated: 01/23/2012 3:22 pm

Mitt Romney's presidential campaign released another Spanish-language radio ad in Florida, touting endorsements from Cuban-American Florida Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and former Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, all of whom speak in the ad.

The ad, called "Estoy," will air on Florida radio stations in the lead-up to the Jan. 31 primary there. The former Massachusetts governor is attempting to draw a distinction between himself and President Barack Obama, as well as the other GOP candidates, on fighting dictators in Cuba and Venezuela.

"Mitt Romney will fight against the despotic efforts of [Fidel] Castro and [Hugo] Chavez," Ros-Lehtinen says in the ad, according to a translation provided by the Romney campaign. "He understands the urgency to stop them and increase our support for the valiant heroes who fight for democracy in Cuba. The policy of Obama has failed. We need the leadership and conviction of Romney to change course in our hemisphere. That is why I am with Romney."

Lincoln Diaz-Balart then says he endorsed Romney because he "has the greatest opportunity to win."

Romney previously released a Spanish-language television ad in Florida that quoted the three politicians. The ad also features Romney's son Craig Romney speaking in Spanish.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich went after Romney in a Spanish-language ad last week, calling the former Massachusetts governor "anti-immigrant" and saying he "goes around using Castro phrases." In 2008, Romney used a phrase, which translated to "fatherland or death, we shall overcome," that Castro often used to close his speeches.

Romney Spokesman Albert Martinez responded to that ad, saying it "is false and full of ridiculous claims."

"Mario Diaz-Balart, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Lincoln Diaz-Balart all stand with Mitt Romney because he has laid out a clear vision for spreading democracy in our hemisphere," he said in a statement. "By attacking anyone who supports common-sense border security and immigration reforms as 'anti-immigrant,' Newt Gingrich is once again reading from Barack Obama’s liberal talking points."

Listen to the new Romney radio ad here:

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