McCain Canvasses for Minority Votes

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Republican Presidential Nominee John McCain appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation following the Republican National Convention, and was asked point blank whether the Republican Party could survive as the party of the white voter. “We can’t”, he answered. “I saw a statistic…that by 2042, whites will be a minority in the population of this country. We can’t. We’ve got to reach out. We’ve got to do a better job. We have to have the Hispanic as well as African American voters. I’ve traveled all over the country; I’ve been to places where there are literally no Republican votes. I have to convince those people that I’ll be the president of everybody, especially with education. Education is the civil rights issue of this century.”

Polls following the Republican convention show a big boost for McCain, who prior to the Democratic convention had a six point disadvantage, according to an average of polls conducted by pollster.com. That lead has been erased, and many national polls are showing a lead for McCain, partly due to the wide approval of vice presidential pick Sarah Palin. However, Obama still has a slim lead with the projected Electoral College vote thanks to his holding swing states like Nevada and New Hampshire. This is the first time McCain has led in polling against Obama since the latter became to be considered the nominee-presumptive early this summer.

The Republican candidate, who has a long relationship with minority groups thanks to his position as Chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, has already snatched some key minority endorsements from the African American Barack Obama, such as that of Daddy Yankee, the Puerto Rican reggaetonero.

“People don’t know this, but since he was a senator, he has fought hard for the well-being of Latinos. I know we are dealing with someone who cares about the Latino community,” Daddy Yankee said, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times.  These have led to burgeoning support for McCain in the key swing states of Nevada and New Mexico. McCain also has the support of Cuban unions and associations in Florida and the South, thanks to a detailed plan for democracy in Cuba; Fidel Castro and Nicaraguan dictator Daniel Ortega have responded by supporting Sen. Obama. Other policy plans that have gone over well with Latinos include a Columbian free trade agreement and other NAFTA bonuses to America’s emerging democracies, while criticizing Obama’s plan as being too self-serving and not generous enough. “We have to treat Latin America as partners, not little brothers,” McCain said.

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McCain also outlined a plan on his website (johnmccain.com) to increase the number of legal immigrants to the United States, including clearing out the green card backlog and increasing the number of available green cards, but only after the border is secured. Part of his plan includes a reformed temporary worker program.  In our next edition, we’ll take a look at Barack Obama’s incentives for the Latino community.


Calendario de los Debates Presidenciales
Todos los Debates Se Llevaran Acabo a las 8 p.m. Hora Centro

Sep. 26th
        Presidential Debate – Foreign
        Policy and National Security
        University of Mississippi,
        Oxford, Mississippi
        Podiums – 2 min. per
        candidate per topic, +5 min. per topic   
        PBS – Moderated by
        Jim Lehrer

Oct. 2nd
        Vice Presidential Debate –   
        Washington University,
        St. Louis, Missouri
        Town Hall – 2 min. per
        candidate per topic, +1 min. per topic
        PBS – Moderated by Gwen Ifill

Oct. 7th
        Presidential Debate –
        Questions Posed by Audience/Online
        Belmont University, Nashville, Tennesse
        Town Hall – 2 min. per
        candidate per topic, +1 min. per topic
        NBC – Moderated by Tom Brokhaw

Oct. 15th   
        Presidential Debate –
        Domestic and Economic Policy
        Hofstra University,
        Hempstead, New York
        Seated – 2 min. per candidate per topic,
        +5 min. per topic, +90 sec.
        closing statement
        CBS – Moderated by Bob Schieffer

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