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  1. The Tampa Bay Times’ PolitiFact analyzed a Mitt Romney campaign advertisement  that faults President Barack Obama for the 2.1 percent increase poverty rate among Hispanic-Americans.

    In Florida, successful appeal to Hispanic-Americans — a group that makes up 22.5 percent of the state — could dye the state blue or red.

    From the analysis:

    All told, through 2010, 2.25 million more Hispanics are living in poverty than when Obama took office. So the numbers back up the point.

    But it’s important to explore how much the Hispanic poverty rate can be blamed on Obama’s policies. When rating claims such as this, PolitiFact weighs not only whether the claim is numerically correct but also whether it’s accurate to assign blame to the target of the ad.

    Watch the ad:

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