Hotsheet Live: Healthcare verdict, Latinos key to Obama victory

(CBS News) On Friday's "Hotsheet Live," our reporters roundtable focused on the importance of the Supreme Court rulings on health care and immigration to this year's 2012 presidential election.

POLITICO's Roger Simon and National Journal's Reid Wilson both told CBS News Political Director John Dickerson if the Affordable Care Act is struck down by the Supreme Court next week, that this may actually benefit President Obama and hurt his Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

"It's still 'your president tried to do the best for you,'" said Simon. "He got Congress to pass it, he's not in charge of the Supreme Court, but you know if you elect him again maybe he will be able to change the composition of the Supreme Court."

"If something is struck down, Obama's got something to run against again that sort of builds on the Washington is broken, the Supreme Court, Congress, everything is broken," added Wilson, noting that this would also force Romney to detail his own health plan.

Simon and Wilson also gave President Obama the advantage when it comes to Hispanic voters, considered by many to be an important demographic in the election.

"President Obama, who leads by huge margins in Latino polls, has established a bond with Latino voters and it could mean a difference in a lot of toss up states," said Simon.

Wilson said while this is true in most states, in Florida it may not hold true because of Cuban-Americans, who are more Republican than their fellow Latino voters.

The panel also discussed recent polling, the GOP's big fundraiser in Utah this weekend, and how crucial TV ad spending is now.

The show closed with a discussion on Romney's search for a running mate, where Wilson thinks picking anyone but Cuban-American Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is going to put Romney in a tough position.

"That's going to put [Romney] in some difficulties, when he's got to explain why he didn't pick the rising star Hispanic and instead opted for a boring white guy like Tim Pawlenty or Rob Portman."

Watch this week's full episode of "Hotsheet Live" in the video above.

  • Chris Leyden

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