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McCain, Obama battle for votes on US Spanish-language media

In the close fight for the White House every vote counts -- and Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain For McCain's grandfather and father, see John S. McCain, Sr. and John S. McCain, Jr., respectively
John Sidney McCain III (born August 29, 1936 in Panama Canal Zone) is an American politician, war veteran, and currently the Republican Senior U.S. Senator from Arizona.
 are trying to reach Hispanic voters by airing commercials on Spanish-language US media.

Polls have repeatedly said that Hispanic voters, a key bloc in the November 2008 election, are just as interested as others in mainstream issues such as the economic downturn, jobs and health care.

Yet both campaigns are focusing their Spanish-language media ads on immigration immigration, entrance of a person (an alien) into a new country for the purpose of establishing permanent residence. Motives for immigration, like those for migration generally, are often economic, although religious or political factors may be very important. , a sensitive issue for Hispanics because the overwhelming majority of undocumented workers in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  are from Mexico or other Latin American nations.

Obama's campaign has aired Spanish-language TV ads in New Mexico New Mexico, state in the SW United States. At its northwestern corner are the so-called Four Corners, where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah meet at right angles; New Mexico is also bordered by Oklahoma (NE), Texas (E, S), and Mexico (S). , Nevada and Colorado, three US states where Hispanic voters could have potential to tip a close race when US voters choose a new president November 4.

The ad charges that McCain has "two faces" when talking about immigration reform Immigration reform is the common term used in political discussions regarding changes to immigration policy. In a certain sense, reform can be general enough to include promoted, expanded, or open immigration, but in reality discussions of reform often deal with the aspect of , lying to get Hispanic votes while he really just wants to follow "failed policies" of President George W. Bush.

The message, with starts with Obama speaking in Spanish and approving the message, urges voters to steer steer

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Democrats charge that McCain, who represents Arizona in the US senate and supported immigration reform bills in 2006 and 2007 that ultimately failed, gives Hispanic voters one message and tells his Republican conservative base another.

"McCain is only too happy to please his right-wing anti-immigration base, at the same time he is saying to Latinos in Spanish that he is a champion of immigrants' rights," said Federico Pena, an Obama campaign co-chairman and former energy and transportation secretary under president Bill Clinton (1993-2001).

McCain slammed back with a tough statement delivered by Cuban-American Republican lawmaker Lincoln Diaz-Balart Lincoln Rafael Diaz-Balart (born August 13 1954), American politician, has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 1993, representing Florida's At-large congressional district (map). .

"It is offensive and dishonest for Barack Obama to lie about John McCain's record on immigration and years of support for the Hispanic community, when it was Barack Obama himself who voted for 'poison pill' amendments that killed the effort at immigration reform," Diaz-Balart's statement said.

The failed immigration reform measures would have given a path to citizenship for some 12 million undocumented migrants living in the United States. Hard-line conservative Republicans blocked its approval in Congress.

In 2007, McCain had a less visible role in defending the initiative, but both he and Obama supported the measure. Both senators still say they favor immigration reform.

Since the reform proposal failed polls show Hispanics increasingly throwing their support to the Democrats. The move coincides with an increase in high-profile roundups of undocumented workers, with thousands arrested by federal authorities since December 2006.

In 2004, when George W. Bush was reelected, 44 percent of Hispanic voters cast their ballots for Republicans. Surveys now show Hispanics favoring favoring

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 Obama over McCain almost two to one.

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b. Having a fever or symptoms characteristic of a fever.

c. Causing or tending to cause fever.

 trying to gain the support of the nine million potential Hispanic voters spread out across the United States, many living in key swing states.

It will be an uphill battle for McCain. Most Hispanic voters are keenly aware that conservative Republicans oppose immigration reform. And many of those voters have friends and relatives eagerly awaiting immigration reform.
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Date:Sep 19, 2008
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