July 13th, 2008
12:57 PM ET
6 years ago

Candidates target crucial voting blocs

CNN

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(CNN) - Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain are starting the week with an outreach to two crucial voting blocs - Hispanic and African-American voters.

Both candidates are speaking before the National Council of La Raza, one of the country's largest Hispanic organizations. Obama addresses the group on Sunday in San Diego, California, and McCain delivers his speech Monday.

The event marks the last of three major Hispanic and Latino organizations the candidates are appearing before this summer.

Both candidates last week spoke to LULAC, the League of United Latin American Citizens.

Previously, the two spoke at the annual conference of NALEO, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.

As many as 9 to 10 million Latinos could cast ballots in the fall, and Hispanic voters could swing some important battleground states such as Florida.

Recent polls show Obama leading McCain by a 2-to-1 ratio among Hispanic voters.

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soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. another whiner

    HEY!US HILLBILLYS LOVE OBAMA ,TOO!

    July 13, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. H-ROD

    OBAMA WILL DO MORE FOR EVERYBODY THAN THE REPUBLICANS , LATIONS, BLACKS WHITES , ESKIMOES , NATIVE AMERICANS, DOG CAT, MICE FROGS EVERYTHING AND EVERYBODY (SI OBAMA PUEDE )

    July 13, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. pablo

    latinos for obama!si se puede!

    July 13, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. debby

    These are two good patriotic men who care about their country and want to do what is best for all of us not just specific voting blocks. They are different in their approaches and strategies. I worry about the toll this war debt has had on our economy and my fear is that McCain's philosophy will drive us into an expanded war with Iran and even Pakistan. Great civilizations like Rome and former great powers like Japan all fell when their leaders pushed them into greater wars. Our military is so stretched now and with the weakened dollar, oil, and other economic woes its hard for me not to see this war mongering and poor economy as connected. When you come from a lot of money, versus having to earn it, you may not realize what is going on out here with the food and gas prices and so much job loss much of it related to Bush's breaks for off shoring US jobs to foreign countries.

    July 13, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  5. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    In November it won't matter what the race, gender or political affiliation McCain has absolutely no chance of getting 35% of the vote. People are just too smart to put their futures and the future of their country in this old fella's hands or mouth. The facts are every time McCain opens his mouth it is only to change feet and this is evident regardless of how much the news medias try to down play his childish behaviour!

    July 13, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. KE

    If some conservative base of the current administration is with Obama, McCain will have same trouble as Hillary had. But McCain/Hillary is unbeatable.

    All the candidates may need to reconsider their plans because no one predicted the Hillary coalition effect. Somebody underestimated ( and treated badly) the Hillary base.

    July 13, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. bk

    The Latino's are really going to be sorry if they vote for Obama.

    July 13, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. Briana

    any democrats voting for McCain are the losers.
    $7 a gallon 08'

    July 13, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  9. Raymond, El Paso TX

    "Candidates target crucial voting blocs"???

    I think that should read, Candidates pander to crucial voting blocs. I'm just so sick of both parties.

    We saw what happened when Republicans controlled both the Executive and Legislative branches. Now all the lobbyists and many corporations are donating to the Democrats. I'm sure it won't be long before we kick them out and start the cycle all over.

    July 13, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. Dan from Kitchener

    Although it could be said the past 8 years have caused some terrible circumstances throughout the world it has also provided the world with a lot of humour on a regular basis via email jokes and newspaper and magazine cartoons.

    Just today I got an email to the following effect:

    President John McCain was sitting in his office reading the morning newspaper and saw the headlines "250 Brazillians Killed In A Road Side Bombing".

    Just then McCain's financial guru and top economic adviser Phil Gramm came into the oval office and saw a dejected looking McCain so he asked, "Mr. President you look so sad can I be of any help?".
    President McCain replied, "Yes Phil could you tell me how many whiners are there in a Brazillian?"

    July 13, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  11. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz

    ANY LATINO THAT VOTES FOR MCBIGOT IS NOT

    A BROTHER OR SISTER OF MINE. HE HAS VOTED

    * NO * FOR EVERY MEDICAL & EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

    THAT BENEFITS OUR CHILDREN, & ALL POOR CHILDREN.

    HE SITS ON HIS PRIVET PLAIN & TRIES TO FIGURE WAYS

    TO MAKE MONEY, JUST LIKE BUSH WITHOUT ANY

    CONSIDERATION FOR US, AMERICA OR ANYONE ELSE.

    July 13, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  12. David Goldman

    MCSHAME IS IGNORANT BY DESIGN & BY CHOICE.

    HE COULDN'T CARE LESS ABOUT ANY GROUP.

    HE IS A EGOTISTICAL SENILE OLD MAN,

    WITH THE IQ OF A OUT OF SEASON POTATO.

    ANY ONE BELIEVING A SINGLE WORD COMING OUT

    OF HIS SLEAZY MOUTH, NEEDS A SELF EXAM.

    July 13, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
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