Obama, Romney hitting Walt Disney World

President Obama and Mitt Romney court hispanic voters

Published On: Jun 20 2012 01:12:32 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 21 2012 05:37:31 AM EDT
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ORLANDO, Fla. -

President Obama and Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney are scheduled to attend the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials in Orlando Thursday and Friday.

The annual conference will take place at the Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World.  Romney is expected to speak on Thursday, followed by President Obama on Friday.

The speeches come as the Supreme Court prepares to rule on a get-tough Arizona law and a week after the Democratic president announced plans to ease immigration laws for some children of illegal immigrants.

Each side is crafting aggressive strategies to appeal to Hispanics, who have supported Democrats in recent elections. So far Obama is outspending Romney in Spanish-language advertising.

The stakes are high for a number of presidential battleground states. The United States' Latino population surged from about 35 million in 2000 to 50 million in 2010.

Also slated to make an address at the conference is former Gov. Jeb Bush on Thursday, Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. Rick Scott on Friday, and Sen. Bill Nelson on Saturday.