July 14th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain reassures Latinos on immigration

McCain will defend his immigration record, attack Obama’s later Monday.
McCain will defend his immigration record, attack Obama’s later Monday.

PHOENIX (CNN) – John McCain told the National Council of La Raza on Monday that he is and always has been committed to comprehensive immigration reform.

McCain is defending his record amidst criticism from Barack Obama, who has asserted in recent speeches to Hispanic groups that the presumptive Republican nominee backed away from his support for immigration reform when it became a political liability in the Republican primaries.

Election Center: Where the candidates stand on immigration

Obama told the NCLR on Sunday that McCain “abandoned his courageous stance” on immigration during his presidential run, a charge McCain plans to push back against today in San Diego.

“I feel I must, as they say, correct the record,” said McCain. “At a moment of great difficulty in my campaign, when my critics said it would be political suicide for me to do so, I helped author with Senator Kennedy comprehensive immigration reform, and fought for its passage.

“I took my lumps for it without complaint. My campaign was written off as a lost cause. I did so not just because I believed it was the right thing to do for Hispanic Americans. It was the right thing to do for all Americans.”

Conservatives blasted the McCain-Kennedy bill. McCain later decided he would not support the legislation, which failed to become law, until the country's southern border is secured.

McCain argued that Obama, in fact, helped defeat the McCain-Kennedy immigration by voting for “amendments that were intended to kill the legislation.”

“I remain committed to fair, practical and comprehensive immigration reform, I mean it,” he said. “I think I have earned that trust.”


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soundoff (208 Responses)
  1. dorothy martin

    McCain- Bush,
    Can you trust a man that leave his sick wife ,married his mistress Cindy
    the old fool need to go home and let young take care of USA

    July 14, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. Vigla

    Vig, give it up! Hillary is DONE. You have to wake up. This election is serious and we can't afford another 4 years of McBush...

    July 14, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. H-ROD

    ALL MCCAIN HAS ARE LIES LIES AND MORE LIES

    July 14, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz

    THERE IS NOTHING , MCSENILE CAN DO TO GET THE

    MAJORITY OF THE LATINO VOTE. WE GOT HIS BIGOT #

    I AM SURE HIS NAZI FRIEND DAVID REMNICK, PUT TOGETHER

    THE NAZI FRONT PAGE OF THE NEW YORKER MAGAZINE, TOO.

    July 14, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. Mary - Independent

    Enough is enough – Immigration is overdue in getting under control!
    McCain is doing too much pandering – and that is not too smart!
    NO AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS. CLOSE THE BORDERS!

    July 14, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Obama voted for the fence, and now he opposes it. He will go after employers of illegal immigrants that pay 'below minimum wage'. what about the other employers of illegals? If anyone is pandering it's Obama. He'll open the boarders. Stop the invasion!

    July 14, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. Kim, IL

    That open border is getting more and more dangerous for the American officials every day. They need to decide on something, right now!

    July 14, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  8. Vote Nader

    I guess Sen. Obama would know all about backing away when things become political liabilities.

    VotePact

    ** Nader/Gonzalez 2008 **

    July 14, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  9. jimmy velman

    BOTH CANDIDATES ARE EVEN ON THE IMMIGRATION ISSUE.
    ONLY HILLARY CAN TIP THE BALANCE.
    I JUST WANT TO COMMENT ON JESSE VENTURA'S REAPPEARANCE ON THE POLITICAL SCENE. HE IS LIKE A RALPH NADER IN HIS PLAY FOR SENATOR. HE HAD SAID HE WANTED NORM COLEMAN DEFEATED, BUT JESSE IS DOING THE VERY THING TO GET COLEMAN ELECTED !!!! HE WILL TAKE VOTES FROM THE DEMOCRATS , FROM AL FRANKEN MOSTLY.
    BESIDES THAT JESSE HAS OUTLIVED HIS POLITICAL CHANCES OF EVER BEING ELECTED IN MINNESOTA.

    July 14, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. A NATION OF WHINERS

    ALL OF US HAVE PLENTY TO WHINE ABOUT.

    WE CERTAINLY DON'T NEED ANY MORE OF IT.

    MCBUSH IS A GERIATRIC VERSION OF BUSH.

    July 14, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. Brenda of Saginaw ,Michigan

    Let us all give back this country to the Indians and go back to our respected places of heritage. That way we can stop the in house fighting and we will not have anything to complaint about. I bet the american indians are laughing all the way to the bank.

    July 14, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  12. KRS-TWO

    McCain would love to hire all immigrants (at a discount rate) to help build that wall, and as soon as it's done? He'll toss you back over it.

    July 14, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  13. Marie in California

    McCain's stance on illegal immigration (and let's call it what it is....NOT comprehensive immigration reform....what part of "illegal" don't they understand?)......well, his stance is much better than Obama's. Obama would eventually open the flood-gates to everyone from anywhere in the world. Hillary had the best solution, however.

    Rasmussen polls show Obama and McCain tied for the last two days. Obama is sinking.

    It not Hillary, then McCain 2008!

    July 14, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  14. Lorna, NY

    We would not have an illegal immigrant problem if the people in the US will do the jobs that the immigrants are doing. Are we above doing these jobs?

    July 14, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. proud army and navy mom

    Mcsenile is at it again. when will people wake up from their intolerance and prejudice to vote for the most intelligent and honest candidate, Sen Obama. mccain lies constantly!

    July 14, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  16. Griff

    Don't worry Mr Borack Obama... You will get the right to apply again...

    July 14, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. Rave

    The only problem we as Americans have against Obama is his race. Everyone knows he is a devout Christian and a Family man.... Other factors that are brought up are just Hypocracy.
    Most Americans as of today who speak out about Democracy in Iraq and Iran..can't swallow the fact that a Black man is becoming the President of United States of America for the first time, where they (blacks) really belonged for about 15 decades and equally as proud as rest of Americans.
    It's Shameful and Sad....
    OBAMA (2008 -16)

    July 14, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. Dems be dopes

    Neither of these two clowns want anything to do with real immigration and border control.

    Dems get cheap votes, Repubs get cheap labor, Americans citizens get the bill.

    Right now we have a liberal acting as a conservative, and a socialist acting as a liberal.

    The only way to get our message out is melt down the switchboards again if the bring up amnesty, vote out those that vote for the bill and then start a third party.

    July 14, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. Nick - Arlington, VA

    Brandon Hillary PUMA for Mc Cain-Pa July 14th, 2008 2:53 pm ET

    Latinos will be back to support HRC in 2012….
    -------------------------------------
    -you hear that? I'm playing the tiniest of violins.

    July 14, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. H-ROD

    ALL THE GOOD NAZI'S WERE TOLD BY THEIR MEDIA THAT THEY WERE WINNING THE WAR BUT THEY LOOKED OUT THEIR WINDOWS AND SAW A BOMB OUT CITY ALL WOUNDED AND ALL THE DESTRUCKTION AROUND THEM, YET THEY STILL BELIVED THEIR LYING MEDIA, SAME HERE OUR LYING MEDIA TELLS US EVERYTHING IS GREAT YES GAS PRICES ARE GOING UP AND UP BUT THATS OK WERE STILL NUMBER ONE FOOD PRICES GOING UP AND UP WERE STILL NUMBER ONE HOUSEING MARKET CRASHED BUT WERE STILL OK SEEMS LIKE THEY TOOK A PAGE RIGHT OUT OF THE OLD NAZI PLAY BOOK HOW IT WORKING FOR ALL OF YOU TRUE BELIVERS?

    July 14, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  21. Canadian black man for Obama.

    I hope you defend your fli flopness when you go before them Mccain.

    It is funny that Republican don't label their nominee flip flop even when it is obvious that Mccain doesn't have a stance on many issues.

    He was for it , he was against it and now he was for it again.
    Which side shall we believe Mccain?

    Mccain said he is not economic guru when it was convenience for him to use his military record. Now Mccain his the champion of Economy, Which side of Mccain shall we believe?

    Who is flip flop, Mccain voted against civil right, Mccain voted against Martin Luther King's day, Now Mccain is sorry he voted that way and Now he is the champion of civil right and Mccain will support King's day, Who is flip flop?

    Guys I will go on and on about Mccain flip flop. Mccain voted 2 times against Bush tax cut and now Mccain champion Bush tax cut.

    Who is flip flop?
    Mccain is the winner of flip flop championship.

    July 14, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. Candidate of change?

    For those who accuse McCain of being a liar, may I remind you that Barack Obama's presidential run was built on falsehood? In 2005, when asked whether he would make a run for the presidency in 2008, the newly elected US senator stated that he unequivocally would not seek the presidency. He went on to add that he did not possess the requisite experience.

    Regarding Sen. Obama's opposition to the Iraq War upon which much of his candidacy is built, it turns out that the state senator gave a speech to an anti-war rally in Chicago in 2002. Sen. Obama is on record as admiting that, had he been in the US Senate at the time, he is uncertain as to how he would have cast his vote. Once he entered the US Senate, he voted to continue to support the war effort. He is on record, however, on repeatedly stating that the surge would fail.

    July 14, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. PUMA=Republicans posing as Dem Bloggers

    Is this guy too obvious, or what?

    July 14, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. Latina

    We are not fooled by you Mr McFlip Flop.

    We are not voting for you!

    Obama all the way!

    July 14, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  25. Loretta from California

    Let's do what we do best.....pander to get the Hispanic vote. We will show them what we really think of them once we're elected....but for now, lets just pander pander pander.

    DEMOCRATS UNITE!!!!

    July 14, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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