On Meet the Press Sunday, Newt Gingrich said that Mitt Romney needs to "address" immigration but ultimately predicted that Romney would win at least 40 percent of the Latino vote in November -- the threshold George W. Bush hit in 2004 and the percent considered necessary for Romney to beat President Obama.
Gingrich did say that the strategy for Romney is to stress jobs, the economy, gas prices, and education -- issues he said were more important than Democratic attacks over immigration.
The latest poll of Latino voters commissioned by NBC, the Wall Street Journal, and Telemundo showed Romney receiving only 27 percent of Latino voters.
"That's a pretty bold prediction, given where they've been" host David Gregory said to Gingrich, referencing Romney's poll numbers.
"That's right," Gingrich said, "but it's going to take a lot of effort and a lot of campaigning."