June 17th, 2010
02:58 PM ET
5 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. Chandler01

    That is NOT what she was saying in the primary! It didn't even take her a month to flip flop! Actually, that is too kind of a phrase. She just outright LIED.

    June 17, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. Jacob

    do yourselves a favor, California, and read up on her two sons!

    June 17, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. Eric

    What a slap in the face to immigrants who honorably have gone through the process of earning citizenship.

    What do you say to those people who played by the rules because they believed it was the right and honorable thing to do?

    What would you call them, Meg? Suckers? Simpletons? Saps?

    I call them Americans, because that is what they sought out to become: Americans.

    The people you are courting to impress are trespassers, law breakers and criminals.

    If you break into my home, you are a criminal.
    So how is breaking into my home country a lesser offense?

    June 17, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. ccm123

    I do not like Meg but what people have to understand is there is a big difference between a Californian Republican and other Republicans. I think it is funny when the RNC try to dig up Regan. Guess what? He was a California govenor long before he was president.

    June 17, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. PacificView

    Meg 'money-can-fix-anything" Whitman I think has earned herself a spot in cirque de solei with the contortions she has put her stated positions through.

    Did she campaign against prop 187? I don't think I remember that.

    June 17, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. Mavent

    So basically, Republican opposition to illegal immigration is entirely dependent on whether or not they need the Hispanic vote to get elected.

    June 17, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. gg

    when i look at her something say,s doen,t trust her

    June 17, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. Bob Ramos

    It makes no difference. In the Hispanic community, the Republicans are regarded as the enemy.

    June 17, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. Shawn

    Of course Meg is courting the Latinos in California. California now has more Mexicans than Mexico !

    June 17, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. ker

    ""She is the Republican who opposes the Arizona law…"

    I guess that means she also opposes the federal law? Since Arizona's law mirrors the federal law on illegal alians..

    June 17, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. Shucks

    OH, this will endear her to the republican base!!!

    June 17, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. Kratos

    A traitor to her own country, all in the name of getting votes, what a back stabbing snake. She even stereotypes my own race and culture! As if all illegals are Mexican! She can rot for all i care.

    Mexicans against Meg Whiteman 1

    Mexicans for Meg Whiteman 0

    June 17, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. Jo Jo

    Just like another republican. Say anything to get a vote. How is she now against something she strongly supported just a couple of weeks ago. If any Latino vote for this lady, then you are signing your own deportation slip.

    June 17, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  14. Scott in Atlanta

    I know that, Mr. Man! They also called them serials. I'm not stupid ya know... Anyway, my favourite was Rocketman, and once it was a no breaks chapter. The bad guy stuck him in a car on a mountain road and knocked him out and welded the door shut and tore out the brakes and started him to his death, and he woke up and tried to steer and tried to get out but the car went off a cliff before he could escape! And it crashed and burned and I was so upset and excited, and the next week, you better believe I was first in line. And they always start with the end of the last week. And there was Rocketman, trying to get out, and here comes the cliff, and just before the car went off the cliff, he jumped free! And all the kids cheered! But I didn't cheer. I stood right up and started shouting. This isn't what happened last week! Have you all got amnesia? They just cheated us! This isn't fair! HE DID'NT GET OUT OF THE COCK – A – DOODIE CAR!

    June 17, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  15. CaliforniaBC

    Simply shows that politicians will say anything to get their votes but go back on it once they are elected. This is in recent enough memory that even American voters can remember her touting her pro-AZ immigration law then she now switches her position.
    It also shows that voters will believe anything they see on TV or hear on the radio. This should be a shout out loud to voters to DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH. Stop listening to political ads and READ credible sources for your information.

    Don't you want a politician to express their views and stances and say "If you agree with that then vote for me. If not then don't" BUT don't let yourself be taken in by dishonest rhetoric.

    June 17, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  16. Adalbert

    This egomaniac is wasting her money. The people will reject here and her money.

    June 17, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  17. samantha

    Well if she likes them so much, all 12 million of them can move to her house.......... Illegal means against the law.

    June 17, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    ....what a dog and donkey show....

    June 17, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. Patrick

    She's against the AZ immigration law? Then she doesn't have my vote. I want her to state on record what is wrong with it but of course she can't because there is nothing wrong with it. She's pandering to latino votes. Not all latinos are against that law either. If you are here legally you have NOTHING to worry about. I'll gladly get pulled over and have to prove my citizenship if it means we can't get rid of everyone here illegally.

    June 17, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. Anne P

    She's got the money to put out whatever ads will garnish votes. We can only hope smart people don't fall for the lies. Most of us want nothing to do with her in Calif.; enough with CEO's!

    June 17, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. Wisconsinite

    As a gay man I stand with the Latinos against Arizona law.

    June 17, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. bobcat1a

    Let's see if she is willing to say it in English and make sure it gets wide exposure.

    June 17, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. dcgonz

    Oh my....who do the right-wing vote for now?

    June 17, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  24. Jim in San Mateo

    As far as the Latino community is concerned, Meg Whitman is nothing more than Pete Wilson in a skirt. If you vote for her, you vote away your future in California.

    Her primary goals are to restore and preserve corporate profits and remove environmental protections.

    June 17, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. Legal American

    Well...............just lost my vote.

    June 17, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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