Alberto Gonzalez says Mitt Romney needs a ‘personal connection' to Hispanic community

"I think [Bush] was able to make a personal connection and I'm not sure that Governor Romney has done that yet."

Campaigning in front of Latino voters in Texas this week, Romney emphasized that the unemployment rate is higher for Hispanic Americans than for the general population and said that Obama's economic policies are hurting them.

Gonzales is not overly impressed with one outreach tactic some have suggested for Romney--picking the charismatic and young Republican Senator Marco Rubio from Florida to be his running mate.

"He's obviously very talented and has been very successful to date and I honor his service," Gonzales says. "What I try to emphasize is that I think a presidential nominee should look [for] someone who can be president on day one." He added that he thinks executive branch experience is more useful than legislative experience in a vice president. "People aren't going to vote for Romney based on who he picks for number 2," he says.

Gonzales is now a counsel at Waller law firm and a law professor at Belmont University in Nashville.

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