June 17th, 2010
02:58 PM ET
4 years ago

GOP's Whitman courts Latinos, re-states opposition to AZ law

California GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman released two Spanish-language television ads opposing Arizona's tough new immigration law.
California GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman released two Spanish-language television ads opposing Arizona's tough new immigration law.

Washington (CNN) - The Republican who wants to be the next governor of California has a message for the state's Latinos: "Meg Whitman es una candidata diferente."

Translation: "Meg Whitman is a different kind of candidate."

The former eBay CEO released two Spanish-language television ads as part of a calculated courting of the state's 13.5 million+ Hispanics.

"She is the Republican who opposes the Arizona law…" an announcer says in one of the ads.

Many Latinos have vented anger at Arizona's passing of the nation's toughest immigration law. It requires law enforcement agents to "determine the immigration status" of anyone under "reasonable suspicion" of being an illegal alien. Essentially, the law provides police with the power and responsibility that is normally accorded only to federal immigration authorities.

Arizona's law was pressed by state Republicans and signed by GOP Gov. Jan Brewer. Polls show the law has garnered strong support in some quarters.

But Republicans could face trouble at the ballot box following a national outcry from Latinos.

It's likely that Whitman wants to inoculate her candidacy from any possible anger aimed at the GOP.

"She respects our community," one of the ads say.

In the same spot, an announcer also mentions how Whitman "opposed Proposition 187." The controversial measure, passed through voter referendum in 1994, intended to deny state services to thousands of illegal immigrants. It was later found unconstitutional.

Whitman's two television ads, which also tout her intentions for jobs and education, will air across California. The campaign says they will run during the World Cup games on Univision, Telemundo and Telefutura.

Whitman is locked in a battle with state attorney general Jerry Brown, the Democratic candidate.

CNN contacted Brown's campaign but did not receive comment.

The Democratic Governor's Association is responding.

In a statement, Communications Director Emily DeRose said: "After Meg Whitman spent the closing weeks of her primary convincing the right wing that she was hard line enough to be their nominee, she has changed her tune. And her ad traffic. No more [former GOP pres. candidate] Mitt Romney and [former GOP California Gov.] Pete Wilson vouching for her conservative credentials."

DeRose added that Whitman's GOP primary battle with conservative State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, "forced her to alienate much of the Latino community."

In their primary race, Poizner accused Whitman of supporting "amnesty" for illegal immigrants, a charge Whitman denied.

Amid the battle for conservative votes, Whitman's campaign said the candidate would be tough on illegal immigration.


Filed under: California • Immigration • Meg Whitman
soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. plush

    She does not sound different to me, she will do anything to get elected.

    June 17, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. Bill, Bloominton IL

    Its too bad she is not in my state so as a republican I could vote against her for pandering to get votes.

    June 17, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. jean

    she's lying. That rich helfer does not care about Latinos. If the Lations fall for that lie they deserve what they get.

    June 17, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. Donnatella

    Wasn't she put in office by the teabagger's, they are not going to be happy about this.

    June 17, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. Stacey

    To the Latino voting community: Don't fall for this. Whitman wants to become Governor of California and will "pander" to get your votes. Don't trust the GOP!

    June 17, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. little joe

    Wake up Raza –
    GOP only needs you when the run for office – otherwise, they have no use for anyone with a natural tan and for that matter, anyone without the green.

    The minorities are the majority in this country, don't ever forget that – use your power, use your vote!

    Today we are the target of their hate, but tomorrow who's next?

    June 17, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. ray

    hahah hahahah that all i can say, hahahahah . she needs latinos vote now so she changes her mind on immigration, hahah, it's so amazing that these racist, immigrant hater , bigots on the right gets away with everything with the media. i do hope no latino votes for her and other red necks immigrant haters on the right.

    June 17, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. malcolm in St Louis

    Run to the right in the primaries, then retract everything, and head for the center so you can get elected.

    This is so typical and hypocritical.

    June 17, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. Augsbee

    Enough with Latinos liking or not liking the laws of our country. Latinos need to respect the laws of our country just like everyone else. Latinos want to be a part of the team but don't want to follow the rules of the team. I'm not crazy about getting a parking ticket either but if I broke the law then I get the ticket and the law says I have to pay for it, end of story.

    You enter our country with a permit or you don't enter our country, all countries around the world have the same rule or there would be no need for a Passport.

    June 17, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. Slick William

    I guess if you live in a State that 3 out of 5 are hispanic and 2 of those 5 are illegal or have an illegal family member you are mandated by politics to denounce Arizona law. Our Nation is being invaded by a foreign country and all our Fed does is appease them? WTF is going on?

    June 17, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. anchor baby

    Aw crud, another cave-in.

    June 17, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. Brandon

    LIAR!!! She did not say that while she was campaigning. She was all for the AZ law. She is a flip-flopper. Anything to win.

    June 17, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. carlos

    latinos will NOT vote for any sick, repulsive, repugnant ANTI AMERICAN and to top it off CONServatives....PERIOD......and I take on this forum to ask my fellow latinos to do the right thing and reject everyone of those sickos

    June 17, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. Bob

    Sad. She should be supporting the Arizona law like the majority of the country. Why are politicians so afraid to enforce immigration laws and stand up to the illegal aliens?

    June 17, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. SocialismBad

    Come on Whitman! California is SINKING from all the illegals in the state. You should be advocating FOR the Arizona law if you were following the wishes of all of California's LEGAL CITIZENS.

    If you take an oath of office to uphold the law then you can't pick and choose which ones to uphold!!!

    June 17, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. YeahRight

    Don't trust her ilk. She is a repub. Do not forget that.

    June 17, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  17. Dennis1020

    Whitman's son frequently offended his high school classmates with racist comments. He may not have learned those terms around the family kitchen table, but it does say something about the absence of any character building around the table.

    June 17, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  18. mms55

    she can court them all she wants , i don't think any Latino in there right mind would vote for a republican ever again.

    June 17, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. Mike in NYC

    The demographic cow has left the barn. The "smack" of politicos planting their lips on "Latino" rear will only get louder.

    June 17, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  20. Nick

    She was for it, before she was against it....

    June 17, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  21. Rick McDaniel

    If she would not support the AZ immigration law, she should NOT be elected.

    June 17, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  22. YBM

    A RINO! She should be campaigning on creating a similar law for california! I bet she would win. The state is not yet completely overrun by illegal alien invaders.

    June 17, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. ficheye

    She is pandering to the 'base' of latino voters, then she will do something different when she gets elected – just like any other politician... unless, of course, the hispanic sector actually has enough offspring to overwhelm the white majority. Then the nation goes down, sinking into oblivion as we are forced into third world status.

    June 17, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. justiniowa

    Of course she would say that. She's trying to get elected in a state made up of the children of illegals.

    June 17, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. Rickster

    Conservatives need to get a third party candidate in the race. I'd rather have a democrat win than Whitman......at least with a democrat you know up front that they are going to be bad. Whitman is exactly the kind of republican that we need to get rid of.

    June 17, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
1 2 3 4