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. Michael

    No matter what Obama Central posts, remember – Latinos will vote in RECORD numbers for Hillary Clinton!

    Hillary for President! Most experienced for the job. Mother of our country.

    February 12, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. Brian

    Hey john smith, have you read these comments? Most of them are pro-hillary. Stop whining about unfair treatment. If you want to see unfair treatment then look at the video "fox attacks obama" on you tube and then stop your whining.

    February 12, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. ILL votes for Hillary !!!!

    Vote for Hillary !!!!!
    We needs President, who We cane trust (not OBAMA !!!!!, who bought the house below the market value !!!!!) Did You had a chance to buy a propery below the market value ???!!!!!! I don't think so. Only those, Who is in politics and has no !!!moral value!!!!! do that!!!!!
    Candidate for the President (Obama) with noe moral value !!!!!!!
    Not good !!!!!!! to be USA President !!!!!
    HILLARY!!!!!!! is the only one, best Candidate for Presidency !!!!!!!
    Vote for Hillary !!!!!!

    February 12, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. Annie

    It is so sad that the Latino community do not understand that Obama not only understands them, he has lived their life in so many ways. He was born in 1961, to a black man and a white woman. I am Hillary's age, and believe me, that was a severe burden to carry back then. He was raised by a single mom and her parents.

    Now, look at Hillary's childhood. She was raised in an affluent white neighborhood in Chicago during that same time and became a "Goldwater Girl" in 1968. Barry Goldwater was running for President and was also a Republican, and a racist one at that. He fought the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and was one of the few Republicans that sided with the Senators of the southern states. This guy was her hero.

    Please tell me why anyone would trust her to do anything for you. Barack and Hillary have the same platform for the illegal immigration problems, but Barack actually knows what it is like to be in a minority group. He also has the ability to get people to work together to get things accomplished, which is going to be the most important quality of the next President.

    The Republicans will not work with Hillary. She will get mad and screw things up again, like she did in 1993, and the Republicans will win back the House and Senate in 2010.

    February 12, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. Jim Koury

    Clinton is the politics of the past. Hispanics best vote for Obama in Texas or we'll have John McCain in the White House with Mitt Romney as his VP. VOTE OBAMA

    February 12, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. cris

    do you know how many women i have met who are only voting for clinton b/c she is a women.....so don't pull that crap that black men are only voting for him b/c he is black or that men are voting for him b/c he is a man!!!!!!!!! it works both ways

    February 12, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. JC

    I am Latino and Clinton have NEVER done ANYTHING for latinos! I am going with the one who has experience with people in the community, the one who goes out and gets hands on with his agenda. Not someone who sits back from afar and "sees" if their plan works out or not.

    February 12, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. Roberto, Washington, DC

    I am also latino and feel nothing for Clinton. If anything, Barack's humble beginnings make him far more my candidate then Hillary CLinton who was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. Smooth talking wealth, for most of us originally from Latin America we're used to it.

    Yes, I think its time for change not just in the United States, but across Latin America and the world. Why don't we lead by example?

    Todos por Obama en 2008!

    February 12, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. Go Hillary!

    I guess the Obamabots and the media will keep playing the race cards until they use up the whole deck.


    February 12, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. Go Hillary!

    Why doesn't Barack offer to hire Patti Solis Doyle if his camp feels so strongly about it?

    Of course, she would probably refuse to work for him since she is already on the winning team.

    February 12, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. voter in ark

    what's interesting is that she replaced a "latino" with an african american... especially since the black folks were coming out to vote and she was catching a beat down! coinkydink? maybe....

    IMHO, Hillary will forget about whatever she was thinking about two seconds ago and do whatever it takes to WIN! Wise up people...

    Hillary is on the ropes and will do almost anything... at anyones expense to become the most powerful person in the free world.

    Is this about us or about her?

    February 12, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. carol

    yes she is counting on the Latino Votes in Texas. I am from Texas and that is all I hear from the Latino/Hispanic people that they are voting for her. What amazes me is that we have people (AMERICANS) that appear to really need help and the hispanics appear to get it before us. Not trying to start nothing but it is a shamed that I when I went to get my license renewed I was asked for 3 legal forms of ID and the hispanics just showed a piece of paper. My neighbors daughter went to get financial aid and was denied because she did not have enough proof for her children ages and showing that she was their mother and the hispanics just showed their piece of paper again and got what they needed. So yes Billary will continue to aid them so the will get her vote.

    February 12, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. vicki

    Hispanic voters are considerably leary of anyone new stepping into a spot held by Clinton, who without a doubt supported and helped. Sorry Obama, they dont know you–and certainly dont buy your hope retoric..........

    February 12, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |

    Maria, you are right, she should be kissing everyone's behind! she hasn't done anything for anyone at anytime! She lies right along with her impeached disgusting husband, whitewater, travelgate, impeachment, FBI papers on republicans the list goes on and on. But she didn't do anything crimminal!

    She is a crimminal and we don't need anymore Bush's and Clintons, time for a real change and it doesn't matter is someone is a different color aor gender like the media tells us it is suppose to be that way.

    Make your own choice...make the right choice, that is Obama!

    February 12, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. John

    Rob, you nailed it. Clinton wants to change the nation by changing some policies, even if that means using a divide and conquer style to defeat opposition. What arrogance!

    Obama wants to change the nation by changing that awful, divisiveness that is current Washington culture - and it wasn't always that way. You can call it rhetoric, I call it leadership.

    And spare me this "35 years of experience" nonsense. That goes back to her work as an attorney for the Childrens Defense Fund, and the people from the CDF walked out on Bill Clinton (and Hillary too if she counts Bill's experience as hers) when Bill signed a malicious, anti-poor, anti-child welfare reform act. Don't even start with her great success working with Republicans in the Senate. What landmark legislation bears her name? What has she done for NYS? This carpet-bagger won a Senate seat on the promise to revitilize Upstate NY and has done absolutely nothing. This white man (and his white wife, and countless white, women co-workers) are sick of the Clinton hypocrisy and arrogance.

    February 12, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. voter in ark

    AJ... not even interested huh? Maybe that is why Hillary does so well with the non-educated.

    February 12, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  17. Mike

    john smith – maybe you should re-evaluate your stance. then your posts would appear.

    February 12, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. Chris

    LOL! I just read an Obama-supporters post that Clinton is the one that's all show.

    If he doesn't have a teleprompter and a Kennedy speechwriter, he falls flat. How come the Obama-loving MSM doesn't show clips of that? Hmmmm.

    Hillary – The only competent, experienced, and resolute candidate that is tough enough to take on the GOP.

    February 12, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. Nelson

    Latinos know that if they want to be inspired, they go to church. If they want real results in Washington, they will vote for experience and clear stated issues.
    Vote Smart!!!
    Vote Hillary 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 12, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. Antonio

    Clinton, la desgracia del 2008!

    Latino voters are being fooled by the Clinton propoganda! Obama promotes unity across party lines. His campaign moves a larger portion of American society. This translates into quicker action on Latino issues!

    Latinos in Texas for Obama!

    February 12, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. TCL

    Don't let all this fool you, Obama and Clnton have been and are trying to get any and all demographics to side with them, but in the end it comes down to the simple choice of the individual (same goes for super delegates). A person doesn't vote for a person doesn't normally vote for someone because they are of a specific ethnic group, they v ote based on their shared beliefs with a canidate. I personally think Obama has the best chances overall (based on the fact that Clinton has been getting ready for this for 8 years and still can't put it away), but I don't think anyone "group" should be marginalized and pre selected for a specific vote. I am sure that since there isn't another super tuesday on the horizon both canidates will get to campagin fairly and the voters will get a chance to actually decide.

    February 12, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  22. Pedro

    Hundreds of my fellow Latino's in my small town have decided to change out support from Hillary to Obama.

    February 12, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. Bukky, Baltimore

    Yeah... She stepped down like all those people in Bushs cabinet "step down" everytime the stuff hits the fan.

    Truth is she took a hit for bad campaign decisions. The Campaign raised as much money as obama in 07 but still wound up winning less states and broke.

    February 12, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. Jerome

    "Black people are voting for Obama because he is black. "

    Yet another false accusation. When this race started Barack was clearly way behind in the African American community with support and Hillary way ahead.

    Since then Barack has be able to get his message out and has earn the African American support.
    But what do I know? I’m just a mindless African American that supported Hillary Clinton.

    February 12, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. Jill

    Hillary, like any employer wants results. I can not believe that AMERICAN's are being influenced once again by the media. All I have heard is negative about Clinton and how wonderful is Obama . I don't see it. He is a motivational speaker thats it. After he speaks you leave and say he was great I will vote for him. After he gets your vote then what???? Empty once again. I will not vote for Obama. Hillary is the only one to get us out of the mess America is in. I Trust her!

    February 12, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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