Obama: Latinos Feel ‘Under Assault’ From Electioneering Designed to Fan ‘Anti-Immigrant Sentiment’

By Nicholas Ballasy | November 2, 2010 | 5:35 PM EDT

President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(CNSNews.com) -- In an Election Day interview, President Barack Obama told the Las Vegas-based hip-hop radio station KVEG that “Latinos feel under assault” due to electioneering designed to fan “anti-immigrant sentiment."

On the KVEG Morning Show, hosted by J Noise and Krayzie Kat, President Obama said: “The Latino vote is crucial and, obviously, you know, when you look at some of the stuff that’s been going on during this election campaign that’s trying to fan anti-immigrant sentiment, you know, I know that a lot of Latinos feel under assault. And one of the things that, you know, is that Harry Reid, Nina Titus are people who have consistently supported the Latino community [and] its concerns: high jobless rates, high dropout rates, they’re trying to fix those issues.”

“My attitude is that if the Latino community turns out and knows the track records of folks like Harry Reid and Nina Titus that, you know, they’re both going to do very well because that’s a community with growing clout,” said the president.

Obama stressed to KVEG’s listeners the importance of voting for Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-Nev.) who is in a tight race against the Tea Party-backed candidate Sharron Angle, a Republican.

“Harry Reid has been my partner in making sure that we are creating jobs in Vegas,” said Obama. “You know, we inherited the worst economy since the Great Depression and I think things are still tough there.”

He added, “If I don’t have Harry Reid in the Senate, it is going to be much harder for me to keep making improvements in the economy that need to be made. I mean, I want to make sure that we are investing in infrastructure projects and high-speed rail that can put people back to work in Nevada now.”

Later in the interview, host Krayzie Kat said to Obama, “I just want to say thank you for doing a great job with the mess that you were handed.”

“Well, I appreciated that,” Obama said.