(CNN)—John McCain’s campaign continued its pitch to Hispanic voters on Memorial Day in a new web ad paying tribute to the service and sacrifice of Hispanics serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
“When you go to Iraq or Afghanistan today, you're going to see a whole lot of people who are of Hispanic background,” McCain says. “You're even going to meet some of the few thousand that are still green card holders who are not even citizens of this country, who love this country so much that they're willing to risk their lives in its service in order to accelerate their path to citizenship and enjoy the bountiful, blessed nation.”
The minute long ad called “Memorial Day,” shows images of the various war memorials in Washington D.C., with phrases superimposed highlighting the military service of Hispanics throughout U.S. history.
Throughout the past month, the Arizona senator has been working to court Hispanic voters with the launch of a Spanish-language website and emphasis on the Republican Party as an inclusive party that “reaches out to every citizen.”
“[Hispanics] must come into our country legally, but they have enriched our culture and our nation as every generation of immigrants before them,” the presumptive Republican nominee concludes.
In 2005, McCain angered some in his party when he and Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy unsuccessfully pushed for a comprehensive immigration reform bill that included a path to citizenship.
McCain now says he would focus first on securing the borders before offering other ways to deal with illegal immigration.