October 12th, 2007
08:00 AM ET
7 months ago

Reid predicts Silver State Hispanics will be blue in ‘08

Sen. Harry Reid predicted Hispanics will back Democrats in 2008.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Hispanic vote is key to winning Nevada in 2008, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters Thursday in a conference call. And the Nevada Democrat predicted that this important voting bloc will back his party’s presidential nominee next year.

Reid claimed the Democratic Party’s outreach efforts to the Hispanic community, as well as the Republican Party’s stand on immigration reform will drive Hispanic voters away from the GOP.

In Nevada, Reid said Democrats have been using "creative" methods to reach out to potential voters such as starting an adult soccer team and creating a Spanish language Web site.

“The potential power is already there,” said Reid, who added, “Any candidate that wants to win Nevada has to carry the Hispanic vote.”

National Democrats have also elevated Nevada onto a special stage by sanctioning it as one of the first four states to hold a presidential nominating contest in 2008. And next month, Las Vegas will host a Democratic National Committee presidential debate that will be televised on CNN.

– CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich


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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Benjamin, Miami FL

    Of course Democrats are going to get Hispanic votes. Republicans have messed up even though we helped elect President Bush twice!

    October 11, 2007 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  2. therealist

    He's right about that.. The Dems open border policies are sure to draw the hispanic vote. Legal and illegal.. America's desire for border security is clearly not important to this Congress.

    October 11, 2007 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  3. Darlene Friedman Henderson,Nevada

    The way that the Republicans have run this country over the last six years I think a lot of red states will turn blue. It soon will be time for the swiftboaters against Hilliary to come out of their hole.

    October 11, 2007 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  4. BUTCH POSEY RAEFORD, N.C. 28376

    MR. HARRY REID,
    SIR YOU ARE A FINE EXAMPLE WHY OUR GREAT COUNTRY IS GOING TO POT. YOU LIBERALS ARE TRYING TO MAKE LAWS FOR US AVERAGE FOLKS TO USE. YOU LIBERALS COULD FIX MEDICARE IF YOU WANTED TOO.
    ONCE YOU LIBERALS GET TO WA. YOU ALL COULD CARE LESS ABOUT THE AVERAGE AMERICAN.IF YOU POLITICIANS WOULD GET ON MEDICARE INSTEAD OF DRAWING YOUR PAY JUST LIKE YOU ARE STILL ON THE JOB.MY DAD WOULD ROLL OVER IN HIS GRAVE IF HE JUST KNEW HOW HIS BELOVED DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT OUT. IT IS A CRYING SHAME TO HAVE SUCH PEOPLE IN WA.SUCH AS YOURSELF AND THE REST OF THESE LEFT WING LIBERALS.

    October 11, 2007 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  5. Steve Wittlake Blaine Washington

    I wonder if Nevada has the same laws
    as California where you can not ask for proof of citizenship when registering to vote.

    October 11, 2007 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  6. DF, New Haven, CT

    Obviously all Hispanics play soccer and obviously they all care so much about it that that'll swing their votes.

    October 12, 2007 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  7. Hector Albuquerque, NM

    I disagree. The majority of legal Hispanic inmigrants do not support amnesty for ilegal inmigrants. Hispanic voters are not homogeneous and they do not vote in a block because they comprise many nationalities. I changed from Republican to Independent because I don't like any of the present candidates.

    October 12, 2007 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  8. Dan, Mountain View, CA

    Of course Hispanics will back Dems because that's what they really want for long to eventually take over America as one of Mexico's states. Oh poor America, why don't you realize about this??

    October 12, 2007 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  9. Nick, Reno Nevada

    Electing Harry Reid was one of the biggest mistakes we've made.

    October 12, 2007 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  10. Jimmy

    For me Harry Reid is the most disgraceful senator in the senate today and Democrats have made him Majority Leader. I hope that Silver State will reject him in the next election. Today we have the lowest rating for Congresss in US history and Harry reid is responsible for it. I hope that Silver State will remain red and GOP adds to their senate tally.

    October 12, 2007 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  11. Kay, Las Vegas, NV

    Go ahead and court your new BFFs, Harry; the rest of Nevada is wise to you! You're slime and an embarrassment to yourself and the voters of Nevada!

    October 12, 2007 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  12. William Courtland, Waterford, Ontario

    A hispanic? A Latino? how are they different from a Spaniard?
    It is understood that a Latin base makes a Latino; so that makes the Vatican city Latino...?

    Language is a fundamental point of individuality, but culture demands an advancing language; this is why Spanish separated from Latin when the political environment required change, and the demand for describing the narrative position within literature spawned Modern English to meet that required change.

    Computing should manage the destruction of language confusion with an advanced translation-matrix with a forced language pre-construct, but it will require a universally lower level of linguistic freedom to translate completely into all other aligned sets of the written word.

    October 12, 2007 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  13. Alex, Minneapolis, MN

    I don't think they can be sure about this because many of the republicans and democrat candidates have different ideas. I am not for illegal immigration but I'm also not against legalization....the truth is that they will never fix the system! They're just lying like they always do, so I just hope people don't base they're votes on just immigration. I will be voting for the first time this election (just turned 18) and I'm a democrat, I already know that if Obama gets the nomination, I am not voting...because I will certainly not vote for the republicans either....Latinos/Hispanics are not a homogenous group-we're all different.

    October 12, 2007 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  14. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    You said it, Reid. I think anyone with any brain function will vote blue come elections

    October 12, 2007 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  15. Daniel, NY

    New poll out of Virginia has Mark Warner holding a massive lead in the Senate race!

    October 12, 2007 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  16. William Courtland, Waterford, Ontario

    So understand this spherical prison. Humanity is not the dominate species, and no warden or force of guard exists.

    October 12, 2007 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  17. Dan (Columbia, MD)

    Why wouldn't they go "blue"? It's in their best interests to do so.

    The liberals in this country are already willing to sell America out so they can get hispanic votes. Heck, it doesn't even matter if the hispanics who are here are even here legally.

    October 12, 2007 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  18. laurinda,ny

    I'm glad to hear that the hispanic voters are going with the Democrats. So are the Irish. The Republicans have ruined our lives. Every day gets worst and worst. We are all in a trap and can't get out. Our lives were fine until Bush caused havoc on this country and he should have been impeached and thrown in jail.

    October 12, 2007 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  19. Anonymous

    Once again, it's not the minorites that liberals care about–it's their votes.

    October 12, 2007 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  20. Raul Martinez, Buffalo NY

    yep, you american democrats are hearing the real truth. The hispanics are all that matter to the democratic party. Now the real racism is starting to show.

    October 12, 2007 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  21. therealist

    This Congress has be ranked as the worst in American history. Is there any wonder why?

    October 12, 2007 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. Jayson, Beale AFB, CA

    Nice to finally see a Democrat tell us why they are pushing to recognize illegal immigrants. Of course Mr. Reid you do realize that the illegals can't vote? Which means that the issue of immigration won't get Democrats any additional votes since those who busted their humps to get here aren't for giving a free ride to those who cheat the system. Anyone with half a brain would also realize that an open border is in direct conflict to improving our national security but of course that is too hard to fathom for your run of the mill Democrat politician.

    October 12, 2007 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. Coach Haughton NH

    I think the comment about the democrats wanting mexico to take over america is funny. LMAO

    October 12, 2007 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  24. Mark. Shreveport, LA

    Hispanics don't vote in a block like African-Americans do.

    The democrats should not take it for granted that Hispanics will suport them no questions asked like African-Americans do.
    Many Latino immigrants want to start their own businesses, and they know it's the democrats that support the regulations, laws, and red tape that hinder business.
    Liberals want to allow illegal immigrants to vote, but how many legal immigrants want that?

    October 12, 2007 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  25. RA The Framing Wizard LV, NV

    15 Reasons not to vote the Great State of Nevada blue.

    1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year.

    2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.

    3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.

    4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!

    5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.

    6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.

    7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.

    8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.

    9. $200 Billion Dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.

    10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime… rate that's two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the United States.

    11. During the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our Southern Border also, as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from Terrorist Countries. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, myth, heroine and marijuana, crossed into the U. S. from the Southern border. Homeland Security Report:

    12. The National Policy Institute "estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period."

    13. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin.

    14. "The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One Million Sex Crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants in the United States ".

    15. The American people have recognized that illegal immigration has continued with much of our written laws have not been enforced for decades as if it were legal immigration today. So this should make the legal American people stop to think and ask our selves this question. How many illegal immigrants will share our opportunities too have a say in our democratic system to vote any state blue?

    So using the LOWEST estimates, the annual cost OF ILLEGAL ALIENS is $338.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR! So if deporting them costs between $206 and $230 BILLION DOLLARS, Hell get rid of em', we’ll be ahead after the 1st year!!!

    America needs to wake up!

    October 12, 2007 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
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