Saturday, August 02, 2008

John McCain Makes a Pitch for the Latino Vote

John McCain must know that he's in trouble with the Latino vote. Here's his salvo, in Spanish, against Obama. He takes references in Obama's Berlin Speech to other countries of the world and notes the lack of mention of Latin America in his speech.

Here's the McCain ad:

Frankly, I don't think this will play among the Latino voting block in the United States. On the one hand, Latino voters plugged into the political process will look at Obama's trip to Europe as properly focused on the "Old World." I think most Latinos will probably agree that the Special Relationship between the United States and Latin America shouldn't be mixed in with and diluted by the affairs of the "Old World." Now if Obama visits anywhere in the Americas and talks only about Iraq or England or China, then he might have a bit of a problem. But somehow I don't see Obama making a trip to Latin America and not speaking about the region and its importance in an Obama administration.

But the ad does make me wonder: Did John McCain forget about the rest of the world when he visited Latin America? I wonder if all of us European Americans should be offended that he didn't mention our ancestral European countries of origin when he was in Latin America?

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