Vice President Joe Biden and his wife held a reception Wednesday night at the U.S. Naval Observatory to recognize Latino leaders for their contributions and commitment to the country in celebration for Hispanic Heritage Month.
Biden recognized Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, White House Domestic Policy Director Cecilia Munoz, Colorado Lt Gov. Joseph Garcia, Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, and several Latino-American Olympians and Paralympians on the 2012 USA team.
This celebration was similar to last year’s American Latino Heritage Forum by the White House to honor Hispanic Heritage Month, as previously indicated by La Plaza.
At this year’s celebration, the Vice President reaffirmed that he and President Obama are determined to find a “permanent legislative path out the shadows for those living in fear of the country’s immigration policies.”
He also predicted that most of the guests would see a Latino president in their lifetime. President Obama has mentioned in the past that he is “absolutely confident” there would be a competitive Latino candidate for president in his lifetime.
“Just look at the demographics,” he said at a roundtable with Latino news outlets. “With numbers comes political power.”