New Mexico governor Bill Richardson says Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama could boost his party's Hispanic vote in the next U.S. elections.
"Normally the Hispanic community votes 65 percent Democrat and 35 percent Republican. But I think Obama will be able to conquer 70 percent of this vote," Richardson, a Democrat, told a breakfast gathering of business and political representatives in Madrid.
There are 46 million Hispanics in the United States, making up 15 percent of the population.
Richardson, who identifies himself as Hispanic, is in Spain to attend a conference of U.S. Hispanic leaders. He met Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero early Monday and was scheduled to hold talks with King Juan Carlos later in the day.