ORLANDO, Fla. -- Mitt Romney is taking an economic-focused message directly to Hispanic leaders, facing a large gathering of the influential voting bloc for the first time since immigration was thrust into the forefront of the presidential contest.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee is set to deliver a noon address Thursday to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. President Barack Obama will speak to the same group Friday.

Romney has struggled in recent days to clarify his immigration policy as he pivots from the harsh rhetoric that defined the monthslong GOP primary to a general election audience in which Latinos are expected to play a critical role.

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