White House hopeful Mitt Romney rarely mentions a key fact as he works to woo Hispanics ahead of Tuesday’s Republican presidential nominating contest in Florida — his own Mexican heritage.

“I would love to be able to convince people of that, particularly in a Florida primary,” he said Wednesday in an interview with Univision, a Spanish-language television network. “But I think that might be disingenuous on my part.”

His father, George Romney, was born in Mexico, and his extended relatives still live in that same community, the border state of Chihuahua.
The younger Romney’s second cousins, tall men with light hair who speak American-accented English, share the family’s last name and Mormon faith. They support his White House candidacy, but not his tough stance on immigration.