October 12th, 2007
08:00 AM ET
9 years ago

Reid predicts Silver State Hispanics will be blue in ‘08

Sen. Harry Reid predicted Hispanics will back Democrats in 2008.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Hispanic vote is key to winning Nevada in 2008, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters Thursday in a conference call. And the Nevada Democrat predicted that this important voting bloc will back his party’s presidential nominee next year.

Reid claimed the Democratic Party’s outreach efforts to the Hispanic community, as well as the Republican Party’s stand on immigration reform will drive Hispanic voters away from the GOP.

In Nevada, Reid said Democrats have been using "creative" methods to reach out to potential voters such as starting an adult soccer team and creating a Spanish language Web site.

“The potential power is already there,” said Reid, who added, “Any candidate that wants to win Nevada has to carry the Hispanic vote.”

National Democrats have also elevated Nevada onto a special stage by sanctioning it as one of the first four states to hold a presidential nominating contest in 2008. And next month, Las Vegas will host a Democratic National Committee presidential debate that will be televised on CNN.

- CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Manny, Springer, NM

    The majority of native-born Hispanics do support amnesty for illegal immigrants. Most of the time we vote as a block and vote Democratic. I have always voted Democratic, as has my father and his father before him. We have nothing in common with the GOP.

    October 12, 2007 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. Bob, Seattle, WA

    Reid has demonstrated while being the Senator from Nevada that his loyatlies are 'bought and paid for'. He has continued this demonstration while being Senate Majority Leader. A shameful excuse for a public overseer. Another shameful show of begging as the rich who scheme to be rich beg the poor that they keep poor for their votes so the same old show can keep on playing reruns.

    October 12, 2007 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. Bob, Seattle, WA

    Author: President Theodore Roosevelt in a letter to the American Defense Society in 1919, ten years after he left the White House.

    “In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American…….

    There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who ssays he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile…. We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language…and we have room for but on sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

    October 12, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. ronnie - knoxvillle tn

    Of course they will be blue in '08. Letting them slide on immigration regulations, giving them free health care and allowing them citizenship without taxing taxes from their paychecks are good reasons for them to vote for Democrats.

    October 12, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. Kim, Saugus MA

    Of course !!

    His motivation is to boalster his party - even at the cost of selling out to this Country by allowing masses of illegals within this nation !!

    Check out Grasso's Plan for illegal Immigration!


    Enought of the political SPIN!

    FREE Ramos and Compean NOW – SENATOR!


    October 12, 2007 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. Colony 14 author, Mount Prospect, Illinois

    Oh, I'm so thrilled the dems are "...creating a Spanish language web site." I assume it will give tips on how to avoid border guards, where to sign up for generous benefits paid for by American taxpayers, how to get your newborn baby that $5,000 Hillary is offering as an election bribe, and how to vote for Harry Reid even if you're not an American citizen.

    At some point the parasites will greatly outnumber the producers, and the producers will finally give up producing. I assume at that point, after the democrats have killed the goose, they will chastise it for not having laid more golden egss while it was in its death throes.

    October 12, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. Van, phoenix arizona

    Harry Reid...La Raza's (The Race) best friend..bought and paid for by a racist hate group..how pathetic. And at whose expense?? The LEGAL AMERICAN TAXPAYERS..WAKE UP NEVADA. Get rid of this traitor and vote for those who truly care about this nation and are willing to stop the invasion. Vote Republican!

    October 12, 2007 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. laurinda,ny

    Ya know, I really can't recall all these masses of Mexican's coming across the borders before. Do you think that Bush and Fox worked out some kind of deal? Bush wouldn't do that without telling us, would he?

    October 12, 2007 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |


    October 12, 2007 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  10. ronnie - knoxville, tn.

    Colony 14 person – I like your analogy of parasites and producers. I work my butt off to produce as many taxes as possible to support those parasites. And I tell ya, Those Dems are slippery with the taxes- even sales taxes are creeping up, not to mention payroll taxes, utility taxes. . .

    October 12, 2007 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  11. SEAL OWEN , Kansas City, Mo.

    Im sick of liberals excusing the following –

    Islamo-fascist hate

    Tax hikes all across the board

    Anti American sentiment\\

    Anti-military sentiment

    Illegal immigration

    People had better WAKE UP and realize that despite people saying that George Bush is "ruining" our country, it's not true ! Yes, we're at war, but we will be at war until we smash radical Islam here, there and everywhere it exists. Republicans rise up AND vote IN 08 ! !

    October 12, 2007 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  12. Don Fitzgerald, Chicago

    If you vote for the Republicans in the next election, you should have your head examined. They have seriously damaged this nation, more so than Al Quida ever did! Get rid of the Bums, vote Democratic!!

    October 12, 2007 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  13. Chico,Bloomington,In

    So you let the cat out of the bag Harry!,...this is why you don't want ID's to vote,..then you wont get the illegal alien vote!...You know that Arizona will NOT vote for you this next election,..so in other words.."If I don't vlock voter ID and put up a fence I wont get votes!"

    October 13, 2007 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  14. Joe, Florida

    It is the Truth!

    October 13, 2007 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. Lance in Monrovia CA

    I spent a weekend canvassing for Obama at a Latino Festival in Las Vegas. We spoke to at least two hundred Democrats. Not a single Hillary supporter, and a lot of Hispanics that are still not involved in the process but very open to learning more about Obama. It was painstaking, person by person conversations. We did find a bunch of people actually excited about Obama in Nevada and these were people that will actually caucaus for him. It is this kind of outreach, person by person, that will bring the Hispanics into democratic camp by the caucuas, and specifically into the camp of Senator Obama. He has the most highly organized campaign there, the most excited volunteers with the most knowledge, and in general the people there really don't trust Hillary. They think she's the same old thing and they respond to having a real leader running for a change in Obama.

    Obama will take Nevada in the caucaus. He will also surely take South Carolina, as the black vote is already swinging his way there. He will finish first or second in New Hampshire and Iowa, and then he will have more funds than any candidate in history, including Hillary, to sustain his campaign throughout Feb 5th super tuesday primaries nation wide.

    I personally saw about 300 volunteers working from out of state that weekend, and I've heard there's been many, many more in Nevada since. There was probably twice that number from local areas working. the numbers are sure to grow as we get closer.

    Obama will actually win and will hands down be the one to bring Hispanics into the race. Afterall, he himself is the son of an immigrant and represents the ultimate American Dream.

    October 13, 2007 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. RJS, Rio Rancho,NM

    It's time the moral-majority Republicans get rid of those hate-mongering, right-wing neo-NAZIs wanna-be's who despise anyone who causes them fear if they are not of the same race as them(like a lot of those that have submitted comments here). Otherwise, their party will suffer the consequence in future elections.

    October 13, 2007 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  17. Gilbert Montemayor, La Poter Texas

    If only they would vote but, history shows that thay do not come out in great numbers.

    October 14, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. John Chicago

    How does this evil lil man even look in the mirror. I would spit in this worthless mans face if I could.

    October 15, 2007 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. Bill Henderson, Frankfort, Ky.

    Harry Reid, in my opinion, has done this country great harm by his disservice comments while serving in the Senate. His disservice is clearly evidenced by his recent and past negative comments. His actions has done such damage to our country by such a degree that is larger than any traitor ever, punished and or unpunished, ever recorded in the history of the United States.

    Harry Reid should go back to Nevada and flush himself down the toilet. Harry Reid makes me sick of the people associated with the Democratic Party,

    At best, Harry Reid is a manic who should be placed in a nut house somewhere in his home state.

    He makes me ashamed of the years I spent in the service of this country.

    October 16, 2007 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
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