February 12th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Dems look to Texas

(CNN) –With an eye toward upcoming primary contests on March 4–including delegate-rich Texas– Sen. Barack Obama is appealing to lower-income Hispanic voters in a new Spanish-language radio ad released in the state Tuesday.

"Barack Obama is talking to me," says the announcer in Spanish. "He's faced many of the same challenges that we've faced in my family."

The sixty-second ad highlights Obama's "hard work" that helped him rise from humble beginnings and eventually attend Harvard Law School.

"And instead of accepting job offers that paid a lot of money, Obama decided to work with churches, giving a helping hand to those less fortunate in his community," the ad says.

Meanwhile, Sen. Hillary Clinton flew to El Paso for a campaign stop Tuesday as voters were still casting ballots in the Potomac primary.

In Texas, Clinton is counting on strong support from Hispanic voters, a group that has reliably turned out for her in the past. But after campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle - a Mexican-American - was ousted as campaign manager this weekend, some Hispanics are voicing objections.

"Hillary Clinton's campaign is in trouble and the highest-ranking Hispanic in her camp is paying the price," wrote the editorial staff of El Diario, a daily Spanish newspaper based in New York. "Clinton has worked hard for the Hispanic votes she has gained so far in this tight race, and it would be a mistake to risk alienating that base."

UPDATE: The Clinton campaign is releasing a radio advertisement aimed towards Hispanic voters in Texas that proclaims "Hillary is our friend,” and promotes the candidate's plan for universal health care.

"She respects our culture and understands the problems that affect our community," an announcer says in the thirty-second ad, which has been used to target Hispanics in previous primary contests. "Let's vote for Hillary…and we will have a better life."

- CNN Associate Producer Rachel Streitfeld

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Texas
soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. aware

    Hillary the HOPE of 08 🙂

    Patti Solis Doyle stepped down for family reasons. She is still on the team! Is this more fuel to kill a Clinton CNN? If Hillary's Hispanic base is alienated, it will be a media hack job plus an Obama buy out!

    Keep at it guys! A Barack nomination will guarantee a Republican win or a weak one term Obama. Rhetoric got us Carter and Bush! 🙁

    February 12, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. Ennis, LA

    Since there is a huge divide between hispanic and Black voters anyway,

    Clinton knows she can get away with alienating some Hispanics because

    she knows they have nowhere else to go.

    February 12, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. therealist

    The the race cards fall where they may...

    February 12, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. LisaMpls

    Patti Solis Doyle stepped down. She wasn't ousted. If she was ousted, though, we can see why. She had no ground operation whatsoever in some key states.

    February 12, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. Frank

    Obama and the media can do all the spin they want but Hispanic voters know what we called "debt of gratitude". The Clintons helped the Hispanic community and continously helping them to better their lives. An inspiring/bombastic Obama speech or political slogan means nothing for us – it's all empty words. Hispanics will not turn their back to the Clintons who actually helped them.

    February 12, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. Trev

    Way to stay strong Rosado. Clinton is better on the Issues that matter. It is amazing that Obama is now reaching out to latinos. If he were serious, he would have made the effort earlier.

    February 12, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. Brandy, NJ

    Black card. Gender card. Latino/Hispanic card. Give me a freaking break.

    To imply that Clinton knocked Solis down a peg because she is latino is just absolutely irritating.

    Black people are voting for Obama because he is black.

    White men are voting for Obama because he is male.

    And what now ... Latinos will vote for Obama because Clinton replaced an employee that was not performing ....

    Good lord.

    February 12, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. AJ

    We are hispanics and we support Hillary Clinton. I do not need a one on one with Obama or any of his people. It will not change our mind. She is coming tomorrow to San Antonio and we all are so excited. WE have printed out copies of where she will be speaking. Hispanics will not turn their backs on Hillary. At least most of them will not. ADELANTE HILLARY – SIEMPRE ADELANTE!!!!

    February 12, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. Rob

    Clinton...more of the same Bush/Rove divide and conquer the people of this nation.

    February 12, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. Anna, SW Missouri

    Hillary doesn't need her anymore. She delivered California and Nevada to her, so now she needs to try to win the Black vote back so hence the switch. Patti's official statement was "family matters" but the insiders of the Clinton campaign let the cat out of the bag when they said that Hillary made the decision.

    February 12, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. Steve

    I am viewing this race north of the border (Canada), but find it very exciting. Those in our country who think the race to find the next U.S. President doesn't affect us, are naive. With that being said, this recent move by Hillary could prove fatal. If Barack wins a sweep on Feb 12 (today), and he very well could, the negative spinoff of Hillary's move to oust Solis Doyle could tip the scales enough to guarantee Obama the win in Texas. If this happens, Hillary is toast.

    February 12, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  12. Sarah L, Fayetteville, AR

    If Clinton's campaign is in trouble, I would strongly suggest that her supporters not continue their hate-fueled push against Obama's.

    February 12, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. John Smith

    Funny how all my pro Hillary remarks never post on CNN.

    February 12, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  14. Wilders conscience

    I see disgusting Obama supporters play the race card again. This time they are trying to spin false stories about Hillary mistreating Hispanics.

    Such shameless acts can only be done by Obama supporters who stand for nothing except fluff.

    February 12, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  15. Maria

    Frank, I am Latino and carry no debt with Clinton. She should be thanking us, not the other way around. She is all show. I will vote for Obama.

    February 12, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  16. stan pitts pa

    latino voters have been used when is that gonna be made clear to y'all? why was her latino campaign manager demoted and an african-american replace her? her camp can spin all they want but insiders have already leaked what actually happened! vote smart ABC= AnyBody But Clinton.

    February 12, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. Carressa, Florida

    It's amazing how many people are blinded by Hillary's cover-up. If she is nonimated the republican will eat her alive in the primaries. Look at the equation:

    Hilliary+Nomination=Repulican in White House

    Now the square root Repulican=ship out for illegals

    February 12, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. Andrew

    Barack Obama went to the one of the oldest and most prestigious prep schools in the United States (Punahou School in Honolulu) before attending Occidental College and Columbia University.

    He is not from humble beginnings.

    February 12, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. Eric

    You can vote for Hillary Clinton if you want, but other Democrats, or independent voters, like me, will not vote for her for president if she wins the democratic nomination. It will be a failure for the Democratic Party. I will rather vote for John McCain. A lot of us will cross party lines or refrain from voting. Sen. Obama is too strong of a candidate (I mean a better candidate) for vice president to let his future aspiration go down the drain as vice president.

    February 12, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. Debra Austin, Texas

    Hey Frank, name one thing Hillary has done for the Hispanic community....just waiting......didn't think so.

    February 12, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  21. The Diva

    What has Hillary done?

    February 12, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  22. wwossen

    Why is Obama got 90% of Black vote? Are African-American voters think color first .. then issue? or Issue first ???? I am confused.. Every where in all primaries Obama won the states carrying heavy African-American vote? Why??? when I see white voters it has some familiarity towards Clinton but Obama gets his reasonable share...

    February 12, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  23. Linus

    I submitted this comment earlier, but apparently it was rejected by the moderator. I can't possibly understand why, so I'll submit it again:

    The results from the California exit poll indicate that independent latinos preferred Obama by a fairly sizable margin (54% to 41%). I'm not sure if this means anything, except that maybe race isn't as big a factor as the media thinks it is.

    February 12, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  24. Carressa, Florida

    I live in a state that is heavily populated with Hispanics and Latinos who speak very little to no English. You ask who are you voting for and they say Hillary. Ask them why, they can't give you an answer. It's as if they go with the wave.

    Obama knows what it is like to struggle. He lived threw it. Do your homework Latinos and Hispanics. HIllary grew up in a very Republican Conservative household and was handed a college degree because her parents could afford to send her to college. I'm not discounting some of the good that she has done but she surely is not the saint with the halo that you all are making her out to be.

    February 12, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  25. Tim O

    Ms. Doyle was replaced because Hillary is losing. The Cliton's are not loyal to anyone when they are losing. Now you see the real Clintons.

    February 12, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
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