Republican presidential candidate and likely nominee Mitt Romney speaks Spanish briefly in a TV ad that has begun airing in Miami in advance of the Jan. 31 Florida presidential primary. The ad appears to be the first of this presidential campaign cycle in which one of the major candidates speaks Spanish.
Romney's easily understandable words come at the end of the ad: "Soy Mitt Romney, y apruebo este mensaje. Muchas gracias." Translated: "I'm Mitt Romney, and I approve this message. Thank you very much."
The 30-second ad opens with one of Romney's sons, Craig, who unlike his father can converse in Spanish, praising his father in Spanish and includes three people widely known in Florida's Spanish-speaking community.
This isn't the first time that Spanish has been used in this year's campaign. On Jan. 1, Newt Gingrich, who speaks some Spanish, sent a Spanish-language email under his name to Iowa Latinos asking them for their support.
To date, none of the major candidates appear to have Spanish-language websites, although supporters of Ron Paul have launched an independent site, RonPaulSpanish.com. President Barack Obama's official campaign site features one page in Spanish.