May 26th, 2008
09:03 AM ET
6 years ago

McCain honors service of Hispanics in new ad

The McCain campaign released a new Web ad honoring the Military service of Hispanics.
The McCain campaign released a new Web ad honoring the Military service of Hispanics.

(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.


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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. fred

    Good for John, we will vote for him, IF Hillary isn't the nominee of the Democratic party, or she doesn't run independent, or we don't have a write in Hillary campaign!!! Obama will never win!!!

    GO Hillary!! All the way to the convention!!

    May 26, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. David Goldman for OBAMA

    YEA BOY, THIS BIGOT GIVES OUR VETERANS PLENTY OFMOUTH

    HONOR, BUT THE TAX DOLLARS GOT TO HIS RICH FRIENDS.WE

    NEED TO GET OUR NATION BACK FROM SLEAZE BAGS LIKE HIM.

    HEROES AT WAR,

    HOMELESS AT HOME.

    May 26, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. CB

    McCain is weak on every issue facing Americans.

    Elect McCain = worse health care coverage – worse economy – continued war and maybe even another war with Iran – talk but no action on the environment (because he ties US environment action to equal action in China & India which won't happen).

    I believe he is sincere. But the problem is his policies are the same as what got us in the mess in the first place.

    May 26, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. The Real Double Standard

    Nice pandering.

    May 26, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. STOP BILL NOW!

    Bill Clinton just said that it is the Republican Party's job to disenfrachise, not the Democratic Party.
    SOMEONE STOP HIM!
    He wants his wife to win so bad, that he is willing to bring the Party down with them. That was an attack on the entire Demcratic Party.
    Oh by the way, McCain sucks.

    May 26, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. Linned

    Senator McCain can run any kind of ads that he wants to but as long as he is letting President Bush do fundraisers for him – he is still joined to Pres. Bush at the hip. The flip flopping is not working – don't tell the people what they want to hear – tell the truth.

    As far as former President Clinton saying that Senator Clinton is being disrespeccted, in order to get respect you have to give it – bottom line. He's a fine one to talk as well – no one can disrespect her more than he did.

    May 26, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Jerry Roselle, Illinois

    I want John McCain to take back this statement about Obama.

    " who did not feel it was his responsibility to serve our country
    in uniform"

    As an a Army veteran I'm appalled he would even say this about
    another American. Shame on you John McCain.

    Guess we know where where this campaign is headed..the gutter.

    May 26, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. The Clear Thinking Independent

    John –

    What's your issue with Senator Obama's more generous GI bill?

    May 26, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. bernice

    Pandering, Much???

    May 26, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. tigerakabj

    Nice try. But not all Hispanics come from south of the border. That's your problem. Mexicans, Nicaraguans, Puerto Ricans, Chileans, Cubans, etc. are not a monolithic group.

    I tell you what you can do. Get ready to get your behind smoked by Barack. Don't try to bring up that stupid argument of public financing. His response will be, "Yeah that. I didn't sign anything. Quit whining." Tell your buddies that Rev. Wright, bitter, and middle name scenarios have been played out.

    And keep your friend Bush close beside you. It will make it that much easier.

    May 26, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    MCBIGOT HAS PLENTY OF PLEASANTRYS FOR OUR

    VETERANS, BUT THE DOLLARS THEY NEED GO TO

    THE WEALTHY & IRAQ. IT'S TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS.

    AND TRICKLE THEY MEAN. THESE FOLKS HAVE TREATED

    THE AMERICAN VOTER WITH THE MOST DISRESPECT THEY

    CAN, THANK GOD FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE. MOST CAN READ

    AND ADD. THEY CAN'T BE SCARED INTO A VOTE SUBMISSION.

    MCWINIE IS ALWAYS AFTER THE TAX DOLLAR.

    May 26, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  12. Raphael Tx

    Thank You, Mr. McCain. At least this man has the decency and respect to recognize all Americans of different backgrounds.

    Obama only sees Black and White. He has never addressed any other races unless he is trying to win their votes.

    Go Hillary, if not Hillary go McCain.

    May 26, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. Peaved.

    So now only Hispanic are getting the glory now!!
    Give me a break. Why is McSane not doing anything about all these illegal Hispanics.? Why are the fences not going up?? huh! huh!
    McSane need to put up or shut up!!

    May 26, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. Griff

    Hope you're meetings were productive, John. The fight will only be a tough one in November... Because you stand too far back, in the crowd... But Still keep punching, you'll get through...

    May 26, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  15. California Girl

    Mr. McCain:
    Thank you for bringing this forthright and respecting the Hispanic community. The Hispanic community is very powerful and has made our country richer in every aspect.

    Hillary till the end of the contest!

    May 26, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  16. Dylan

    Top notch pandering, Johnny!

    I am still yet to hear one sound argument from a Clinton supporter in favor of voting for McCan over Obama in the GE... probably because if you consider yourself a Democrat, such an argument DOES NOT EXIST.

    May 26, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. me

    Please, people, wake up -> McCain is a big (huge!) disaster for the country.
    So sad, so sad...

    May 26, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  18. Proud Granddaughter of WWII Vet

    “[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.

    I was born and raised here like my grandfather who served in WWII. This comment is stereotypical and this is pathetic pandering not to Latinos but to who knows what population.

    Get a clue before you tick off Americans of Latino ancestry

    May 26, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Why does everything irritate McCain. Boy he sure has a short fuse and that can prove to be very dangerous.

    May 26, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  20. s

    John McPander.

    May 26, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  21. Shirley/CA for Obama

    Oh take your trashy wife and get out of our lives. You are such a small and indecent person. It is just simply amazing the repubs. are using you of all people to represent them. I will never vote for you or your trophy wife. I wonder how many women out there want Cindy McCain around their husband.

    Please just go away.

    May 26, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. No McSame

    Keith Olbermann for Obama's Press Secretary.
    No more Bush boy.
    McSame you are outta here.
    Obama08

    May 26, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. John Smith

    If the BEST that America does is to put in office ONLY those who have been vetted (with extensive experience), even though these folks continue to make the same errors in judgement (e.g., about the war, gas tax issues and so on), is American better off than "traditional" countries that ONLY look up to the Elderly?

    I thought American is the land of "opportunity," and that with opportunity comes experience! We need a lot of growing up in this nation!

    May 26, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. kelly WI

    Obama born in Kenya. No wonder he calls it his homeland.
    Mom not married to dad. He had wife in Kenya.
    Fake birth cert along with every thing else fake about him.

    Oct. surprise coming in June.
    Does Cnn have the balz to post this. Doubt it. This site is only for Ob suckers.

    McCain 08

    May 26, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  25. Clanger

    Jerry Roselle, a veteran, wrote that McCain should take back his comment about Obama, " who did not feel it was his responsibility to serve our country in uniform" McCain certainly takes a back seat to no one in terms of service to country.

    I am also a veteran, a draftee back in the Viet Nam days, though I was never shot at, never pulled a trigger after basic training, and was certainly no battlefield hero. I served my time working in the psychiatric clinic in a military hospital stateside.

    It is hypocritical of McCain, who supported the draft dodgers W. Bush, Cheney, and Gingrich, to now call out Obama for not serving at a time when there was no draft. It is also hypocritical of those who support a war to be unwilling to join the military and fight it. It is much easier to order strangers into war than to draft your children, your neighbors, and yourself to fight. It is also hypocritical to expect our troops to serve a second, third, or fourth tour in Iraq whey you do not intend to serve even one.

    May 26, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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