May 26th, 2008
09:03 AM ET
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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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  1. Anne

    you cannot run as an independant until the next election in 2012. If you are going to say something at least have the facts on hand before you put fingers to keyboard otherwise you just look really dumb.

    May 26, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. LT for Obama

    Jerry Roselle, Illinois:

    Sen. McCain feels that he served his duty to American by wearing the uniform and I suspect that since he did, he expects all Americans to do the same. The problem is that it is not a responsibility to serve your country by joining the military, that is a personal choice. However, I do agree that serving your country is some way is all of our responsibilities. I serve our country by supporting and raising money for charities that help people. Barack served his country by coming out of college and going directly into community service.

    Sen McCain is out of touch with what serving your country really means. We need people here on our soil helping families and businesses as well as people defending our country and in some cases, both are equally dangerous depending on the neighborhood you decide to work in.

    May 26, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. Gringo

    Honoring Hispanics... you betcha.

    Apparently he and Obama want to get as many up here one way or the other so they'll have more and more to honor.

    May 26, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. Former Obama Supporter

    I'm Hispanic and Hillary and McCain have tried to get our vote. I don't understand why Obama hasn't tried to get our vote. If McCain wants our vote, then we will vote for him. If seems like Obama thinks he doesn't need us.

    May 26, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. FrankSmith

    Please READ and think about the ISSUE noted below; I am neutral in this process– only a 50+ year ole American

    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 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. susie

    The democrats did nothing for the people 30 years ago when we had a gasoline shortage. They still have done nothing for us about the gas situation, so stop bashing the Republicans.

    May 26, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. Gaby, in TX

    There goes that straight talk express, again. What happened to the honor of service of all Americans, Black Brown Red, Yellow & White, after all this is a Mosaic Society. Does he now honor them just to get their votes?

    May 26, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. Gaby, in TX

    Does anyone know John McCain's nickname.

    May 26, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. Rashida for Obama!

    Wow he complimented and put a stereotype on Hispanics all at the same time.....GREAT JOB OF PANDERING! Let's honor their serivce but continue to deny them full rights since they aren't citizens! Wow.

    OBAMA 08!
    Not Hillary. Not McCain. And Definitely not Bush!

    May 26, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. The Truth

    Pandering at it's best....

    Go call up your buddy Lieberman and come up with a better strategy.

    McBush does not have a prayer against a strong candidate with real integrity and vision like Obama.

    OBAMA '08!

    May 26, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. Tom, Flagstaff AZ

    John McCain is an admirable man. He was a terrific soldier. However, the prospect of his being president makes me shudder. I am not impressed with his cognitive clarity. (Hey, I'm old too!) In this regard, the contrast between McCain, on the one hand, and either Obama or Clinton on the other hand–is, well, huge. As an Arizona Democrat–not quite an oxymoron–I did not vote for McCain's re-election to the Senate, last time around. I certainy will not vote for him for president. No matter, Arizona will give him its Electoral College votes anyway, despite the hundreds of thousands of us in this state who shudder.

    May 26, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |


    May 26, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. Ben

    Que han hecho los republicanos para ustedes en el pasado? Ellos
    han hecho nada a la izquerda! Fue Cesar Chavez un democrat que tenia que pelear en contra de ellos para levantar la raza desde la
    fonda de la escala de los trabajadores hasta al fin recibir los salarias
    mericidas por su trabajo.
    Obama no va a permitir que los republicanos hecha a perder las avances que han hecho ustedes.

    May 26, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  14. Gaby, in TX

    The doctors gave McCain a clean bill of health and I think that is wonderful, for anyone to stay healthy, but the doctors failed to report his mental state because of his questionable judgment and constant flip flopping.

    Obama 08, no more Clinton's, no more McCain, Yippee Yahooeeeeee

    May 26, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    I say this on a blog yesterday and liked it very much. It's about beliefs and integreity and your vote.

    These are the risks that American soldiers have faced everyday for over five years now, and under President McCain, they will face them for at least four more years.

    That's an incredible sacrifice to be made because some Clinton supporters decided to oppose Obama on issues wholly irrelevant to actual policy. This being the case, I just have to ask:

    If you refuse to vote for Obama, why are you asking others to sacrifice for your decision?

    If you're going to help McCain get elected, you need to take responsibility for your actions.

    This election is bigger than you. It's bigger than Barack Obama. It's bigger than Hillary Clinton. Lives will be saved or lost depending on who is elected in November, and if you're going to willfully help prolong the war, it's time to do the honorable thing and enlist.

    Locate a U.S. Army recruiter in your area:

    Don't worry, you'll still be able to get election results from Baghdad, and you'll still be able to "sit this one out" under the comfort of a mortar attack.

    And yes, I'm sure hearing about an Obama defeat will seem all the more sweet when you're laying in the choking aftermath of an IED explosion with a piece of half-melted plastic burning a hole into your intestines.

    I'm sure you'll be comforted by the knowledge that history had no place for President Obama when you're staring at the empty space where your leg used to be.

    And certainly, I'm sure the crippling terror of post-traumatic stress disorder will be nowhere as severe as the disingenuous "concern" you'll suffer over debunked Rezko conspiracy theories and the excited ramblings of a liberation theologian.

    Of course, those already serving will not get the same perverse comfort from their sacrifice, so there's no excuse for not taking on this burden yourself.

    If you truly believe that Obama should not be president, if you truly believe there is no greater pain than seeing a primary opponent win the general election, then this sacrifice can only be considered a modest price for your convictions.

    May 26, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  16. Kelly WI is stupid

    Now about that fence...

    *Read the last couple of sentences.


    Kelly WI is stupid.

    May 26, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. Paul FL

    Jerry Roselle, Illinois... I agree 100%!!

    He has basically criticised every American who hasnt served in the the defence forces!!

    Which includes me... Sorry McCain if i dont believe in killing myself for the sake of an unjust War in iraq!!

    May 26, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  18. Uncle Fester

    Kelly WI you are an idiot. Barack Obama was born in Honolulu Hawaii. His parents divorced when he was 2. That would imply that they were "married" It is truly frightening that people this stupid vote.
    You deserve McCain.

    May 26, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  19. karen from philly

    I am tired of Bush. I am tired that Bush number 2 (McCain) is running for office and Bush number 3 (Hillary). Both of these people are a disgrace! There is absolutely no difference between McCain & hillary & Bush. If you want failure please vote for either of these 2 selfish candidates.

    May 26, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  20. McHypocrite

    And after they vote him in, he and Lou Dobbs would have them deported as illegal aliens.


    May 26, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. Mike

    If you support our troops McCain, then why didn't you vote for the GI Bill?


    May 26, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. Conservative Buyer- CA

    The "Pandering Express" is at full steam ahead.

    May 26, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. No McSame

    You voted to send American to die for a lie. You Bush and the rest have made money off of the American blood that has been spilled in the streets of Iraq. Shame on you. Warmonger. In a few months you won't matter anymore because Obama is coming to undo all that you and your daddy George Bush has done over the years.
    I am a Navy vet. and I am voting for Obama.
    It will be fun to sit and watch Keith Olbermann rip you guys to shreds every time you send one of your FIX news guys to the White House.
    Obama08 NAVY Veteran for Obama
    NoMcSame as Bush

    May 26, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. Glenn

    The warmonger is pandering again. What a sap!

    May 26, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  25. The T

    All of you that say you'll vote for McCain if Hill don't win...well tell our soldiers that the reason they're still in this war was because your guy/gal don't win is a sad state...Let me put it like this...issues don't matter anymore just self at this point. Oh, but I think I got...if you're a real Dom or( In) you don't put self before party like the Rep. But I know it's all the Rep on this page pretenting to be Dom. Another Bush term, won't happen not this time not this year. Bill is totally wrong, rules are rule and we can't change the rules Rep when our guy is not winning. I know you Rep are good at playing these games but it's a new day so get use to it.


    May 26, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
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