Latino TV grills President Obama for failed immigration reform


Co-hosts Jorge Ramos, left, and Maria Elena Salinas sit with US President Barack Obama during a break in a taping of Univision News' "Meet the Candidates" at the University of Miami Sept. 20 in Coral Gables, Fla.


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The Spanish-language TV network Univision's presidential forums continued Thursday with a no-holds-barred discussion among co-hosts Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas, and their guest, President Barack Obama.

The event, at the University of Miami, came one day after Republican contender Mitt Romney took the hot seat. This time it was the president's turn to field questions on a TV network watched widely by the country's Latino communities whose votes will be critical in the November election.

Univision's "Meet the Candidates" events come weeks after Ramos criticized the Commission on Presidential Debates for failing to pick a Latino debate moderator. 

Before an auditorium stocked with cheering partisans, Ramos and Salinas fired tough questions at the commander in chief. As with Romney's forum, the immigration debate took center stage, with both co-hosts prodding the president about his failure to deliver on his 2008 campaign pledge to tackle immigration reform during the first year of his term. 

Below is a round-up of social media reactions to the live event:

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President Obama: “People want a hand up, not a handout.” #ObamaUnivisionLatinos for Obama
"My biggest failure is that we haven't gotten comprehensive #immigration reform done," #Obama, adds not 4 lack of trying #ObamaUnivisionLawrence Pedrosa
Obama's been asked "biggest failure" a number of times. Only time he's said immigration is on Univision." #pandermuchChris Sanborn
Obama: "I did not make a promise that I would get everything done, 100 percent." (Settle for 47%?) #UnivisionForumRick Klein
RT @RNCResearch: Obama's event with #Univision summed up so far: I'm not really responsible for anything even though I'm the president.RNC
Obama: I've Learned You Can't Change Washington From The Inside #ObamaUnivision #Destino2012RNC Latinos
President Obama on immigration reform: “This is not something to use as a political football. People’s lives are at stake.” #ObamaUnivision"GANGEOUZ cfo
"@LatinosforObama: “He considers the Arizona law the model for the nation.”—President Obama on Mitt Romney #ObamaUnivision"@AlanQudams alan
Did you see how #POTUS answered the Immigration Reform question, including the follow up one? Genius !!! #Forward. #UnivisionForum.Vals Berlin
Sup Obama! #obama #democrat #politics #presidentialcandidate #umiami #miami #canes #destino2012 #univisionraqzal
#Obama at Univision forum: Inaction over immigration reform biggest failure of 1st term. Millions of unemployed scream "WTF!?!" #tcot #ocraGWardHome
Leave it to Spanish-speaking Univision to ask Obama REAL Q's #Libya #Benghazi @VRWCTexan @loyalrobinTaryn
the moderators on Univsion's format are TOUGH! I love it! #ObamaUnivision Llanas
Obama Gets Grilled On Failed Immigration Promise, Consulate Attacks: #ObamaUnivision #Destino2012Alexandra Franceschi
When you say "half the country considers itself haven’t gotten around a lot." -Obama @Univision forum West
Just the BEST Obama response to Rom's 47% crap at the Univision Town Hall today. Play til end: