(CNN) – John McCain is airing a new ad - in which he calls Hispanic Americans “God’s Children” - in his latest bid to win over that key voting bloc.
The spot comes amid a major push on that front by the presumptive Republican nominee, including private meetings with community leaders, Spanish-language radio ads, the launch of regular campaign conference calls with Hispanic pastors, and speeches at high-profile gatherings like this week’s address at the League of Latin American Citizens and next Monday’s speech at National Council La Raza - two of the trifecta of major Latino conferences McCain will make an appearance at this cycle.
The new ad – which will air in Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico, all neighbors of McCain’s home state of Arizona which are all heavily-contested states this cycle – features comments from a summer 2007 debate in which the senator praises the service of Hispanic veterans.
“My friends, I want you the next time you're down in Washington, D.C., to go to the Vietnam War Memorial and look at the names engraved in black granite. You'll find a whole lot of Hispanic names,” McCain said in remarks included in the 30-second spot.
He praised the service of members of the military serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, including “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.”
“So let's from time to time remember that these are God's children. They must come to our country legally, but they have enriched our culture and our nation as every generation of immigrants before them,” he concluded.
McCain faced tough criticism from many conservatives early in the campaign for his support of comprehensive immigration legislation, and had shifted on the trail to an enforcement-first message that resonated with GOP primary voters, who listed immigration as among their top concerns.
The campaign has released both English and Spanish-language versions of the ad.
mccain wants to throw god's children,out of the country,if he becomes prezident. he loves you now,but,really he just loves your vote.obama cares about ALL of god's children,not just the hispanic ones.
if mccain deports all the latinos,they better not "whine" about anything,or he'll just bomb you,instead.
As for Carl from Atlanta, even God might have trouble with borders of the world.
You see, Georgia was once American Indian. Then Spanish. Then English. Then U.S.
Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Denver, Dallas, Houston, Miami, Las Vegas, San Antonio, Phoenix, San Francisco - they were all once Spanish and then Mexican territory.
So, Carl, read up on history.
And by the way, I am American Indian and I consider YOU an illegal alien. Get off my land. I give you one week.
McSame's constant references to Viet Nam in everything he says/does will will backfire just like Rudy G. running on everything 9-11.
Stop gazing at the names on Viet Nam Vet's memorial and fund decent health care for the survivors of that quagmire and the two wars we're in right now!
McSame just doesn't offer what people are looking for. Why waste your vote on the same old failed policies???
Thank you John for your feelings on the Hispanic people who help run our country. I respect your ideas and you are "OUR BEST HOPE" to turn this country around. You need to be the Maverick of 2000 which we all want to see. Your voice and only your voice. Your ideas and only your ideas. Time for you to show us your leadership...from a Latino Democrat voting for McCain.
Keep up the good work McCain. And please dont denounce Gramm. Nobody here (they do on the other sites) can handle the truth. All they do is whine and blame the bush admin for everything, when in fact they are still living a cushy life, just maybe on a bit more of a budget.
If you read it properly, what Gramm said anyway was about leaders complaining that America isnt competitive when in fact the economy is growing. He never mentioned the american people.
CNN is full of overracting lunatics who dont read the facts, just react at the headline.
I am voting for McCain because I am stupid and like being called stupid by a senator who has never done anything for his state, but now wants to run the country. It is not important that he knows what he is doing. All that is important is that he is NOT one of them.