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. Hispanic for Hilary!

    stan pitts pa

    Nope, we've not been used. Some of us know about elections and campaigns and how they operate. However, BO is attempting to try to use us especially now that he is headed to TEXAS, but SOME of us are a lot smarter than that. We will not allow BO to try to sweep us off our feet by feeding us repetitive, tiresome speeches in order to get our vote. I feel insulted when he BO gives his speeches. Like we ALL are too dumb to not recognize his emptiness–his rhetoric. Believe me, we know what we DO NOT want especially us TEXANS. and that is OBAMA!

    February 12, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. ed

    can anyone who believes that the clintons have helped the hispanic community tell us what they did that was so helpful? I'm serious. I know that Bill Clinton was a huge advocate for NAFTA that caused the mexican economy to crumble and stole land from the indigenous people in Mexico, which is why we have a huge immigration problem right now. So, in my opinion the clintons were horrible to the hispanic community. So seriously, can anyone tell me something that the clintons have done to help the hispanic community?

    February 12, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. stan pitts pa

    obama talks about unity, latino, whites, blacks, asians, when we make latino issues American issues, then we can really effect change as a whole as one people! latino-Americans you are American, vote obama! dont be sidelined into thinking you are a minority, you are American your issues are our issues, obama 08!

    February 12, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I resent that some people catagorize Hispanics as voting for Hillary because they are of lower education standards. I am non-Hispanic and voting for Barack Obama and would never insult my Hispanic friends because they don't agree with me. They have a choice like anyone else living in this country.

    February 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. Sí se puede.

    Latinos know when we will listen to Obama, we are inspired. If we want real results in Washington, we vote for Obama!

    He’s been with us for a long time. We just didn’t know it.

    Sí se puede. Sí se puede. Sí se puede. Sí se puede.

    February 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. Zion

    Again, are white voters and politicians so intimidated by a viable black candidate that race is the only issue they have? Every time Obama wins, oh its race. Well, please explain states such as Maine and Colorado (just to name a few) where the population is not overwhelmingly black. Is it because......HE'S THE BEST CANDIDATE. Take a deep breathe, I know that Obama actually being qualified is a blow to many egos everywhere, but you'll get over it. To further explain the Obama phenomenon, please refer back to the posts by Crystal and Wayne from Texas.

    February 12, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. almostNov.

    Obama is not about helping people and reaching out. His record does speak for it self. He bashes Hillary for supporting the war and then changing her mind. Yet Kerry did the same thing and he is proud to have him on his side. Give me a break. Obama can play sweet and nice all he wants. He is no different than any other person running for office. He has not had to be on the hot seat yet. When it happens and it will happen you will see a different side of him.

    I all ready know Hillary can be a *itch.

    My vote counts: Hillary 2008

    February 12, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. floridademocrat

    This is easy.....

    If Hillary wins, we all need to vote Republican to save this nation

    February 12, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. Hispanic for Hillary!

    stan pitts pa

    Is this why you are voting for him because he's half black half white? Would you vote for him if he wasn't half white, young and good looking (to some)? I doubt it.

    February 12, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. LB

    It amazes me how one latino, speaks for all latino. Is the latino vote so simple that it lacks the sophistication of seeing beyond their own interest? This campaign is not about Obama or Clinton. It is about people who are united in a cause that makes us a nation stronger than the selfishness that divides us. The issue here is leadership that we haven't seen in Washington for a very long time. Latino, Hillary is not Bill! Let's stay focused people!!!!!

    February 12, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. Tom Wittmann

    Of course, the argument of "EL DIARIO" incurs in the same dangerous misconception that Hillary did wrong in firing Ms. SOLIS because she is
    Hispanic, abstracting her lack of performance.

    What in firts place was wrong that she has employed her, as many other, mainly
    because she is a women and Hispanic !!
    MAINLY BECAUSE SHE IS A WOMAN AND HISPANIC !! Would she apply the same
    criteria if becoming President ??


    February 12, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. Ed from Texas

    I cannot understand why it is always excuses why Hillary is losing her powerful position and after today will be behind in all delegate counts. Ask yourself why she is adopting the Rudy G. approach of conceding states to concentrate on the "bigger" states? That did not work so well for him. The Hillary supporters want to blame the media....yet CNN has from day one had in her in the lead and promoting her as front-runner with these ficticious superdelegate numbers. CNN has promoted Bill and Hillary since '92! So enough of the excuses!

    She had great numbers with the African-American vote until Bill cracked on Barack in South Carolina....now he is garnishing 80% of the vote.

    He took more states in Super Tuesday because of the strategy of concentrating on the "big" states, and she won the delegate numbers...barely. Now she is paying for it by probably losing the rest of the primaries and caucuses in February.

    She is downplaying momentum...yet Obama made up huge deficits and has instead now winning by huge numbers...in mostly WHITE states. Male voters are now going to him.

    It is Texas and Ohio.....she has to win them both, and win them by the 10% margin...or it is over. Superdelegates will move their support, and more and more Americans will continue to support with money and votes to Obama.

    Obama is closing in fast here in Texas....Clinton supporters better get out and "find your voice" or the end will be closer than you think!

    Obama for hope and change.....and that is not rhetoric.....he actually believes it and so do I!

    February 12, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. david

    edwards hurt hillary when he did not come out for her
    now it too late
    i,m a dem. to the bone
    mcc ain war monger
    watch you all ever day
    david baker

    February 12, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  14. JohnS

    African Americans are NOT voting for Obama because HE IS A BLACK MAN. The facts are clear– Bill insulted or abused his African American supporters.

    Will any Latino/Latina be out there trying to vote for Hillary if Bill had lashed out some nasty insults on their race?

    It would be wise for Latino/Latina minorities to join forces with Obama in stopping the Clintons from dividing this nation apart by race, gender, scandals etc. Hillary has no intentions of doing anythinh special for the Latino/Latina community, if she even ever gets to be president!! This is ONE independent that will never vote for the Clintons; I will be helping the Democrats to "sacrifce" the "soul" of their party!! I am NOT suicidal folks.

    February 12, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  15. Hillary for President

    I am a Hispanic Woman, and I, along with Millions, and Millions, and Millions of other Hispanics around this Country and in Puerto Rico, will have Hillary's back.

    February 12, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. Cheryl Allison

    Clinton's campaign manager stepped down for family reasons. She had been in that head position for a year now and needed to tend to her child. CNN – please don't start printing biased articles like MSNBC. I stopped watching all NBC programming because of the mud slinging at Clinton. Please treat all candidates the same!!
    As far as Texas goes – I know my home state will vote with their heart and they know that Clinton is the right choice for our country right now. Obama is great and I hope to vote for him one day for President, but he needs more years of experience. Hillary is the right choice at it's the right time! Go Texas!!!!

    February 12, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  17. Tarsha washington

    why are we votting for anyone they going to cheat any way ,obama will not win caues he's black an this is a white man world we have no win it should not be that way but that' the way it is. but my vote when to obama : )

    February 12, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  18. Brian


    I think you have your candidates confused. That is Clintons plan not Obama's.

    February 12, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. Rusty

    If Hillary is counting on the "Latino Vote" then that amounts to one huge insult. I think the comment board here is all the proof we need that Latinos can think for themselves.

    February 12, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  20. MM in TX

    During Bill Clinton's 8 years in office he had 366 federal judicial appointments, 104 were women, 23 Hispanic, 5 Asian American, 1 Native American, and 61 African American. (One of these appointments includes Bill Richardson.)

    These numbers speak for themselves.

    Others talk about diversity but Bill and Hillary have actually been doing something about it.

    As a Hispanic, I will proudly vote for Hillary during the Texas primary. I won't ask any other Hispanic to do same, I would simply tell you...look at the numbers.

    February 12, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  21. Angela

    I can't beleive what I am reading here, you are all going after hillary clinton because of a change in campaign manager, it doesn't matter what race her previous campaigner manager was or what race her current campaign manger is. barak Obama doesn't care about the issues if you did some research inc on his website the ideas are either a poor version of Hillary clintons or extremely vague, if he was so concerned about the poor etc then he should have bothered to actually be present for more than a third of the votes in the senate. he has been campaiging for the Presidency from the day he set foot in the senate. He has little foreign policy experience – how can you be in charge of the senate committee on europe – have no meetings and don't even bother to go to Europe, he was on the veterans affairs committe – didn't attend most of the meetings and missed most of the votes.

    As for Iraq I was also against the war but people need to realise that there is a carrot and stick approach the legislation that hillary clinton voted on authorized inspections and as a last resort war, no one believed that george bush wouldn't allow the inspectors to finish their work – he didn't even tell tony Blair until the bombing began. Senator Obama can talk all he wants that he did a speech against the war but he was not in the position that Hillary Clinton was in, her state had been attacked, the majority of the public wanted to go to war – even french fries were renamed freedom fries to Frances position.

    As for the promises he is making about changing Washington that is just a pipe dream, he may say that he is not taking lobbyists money but he is taking it from their family members, employees etc. he has surrounded himself with the old guard of Washington as they know that he will be easily manipulated into doing their bidding. Washington senators, congressman, lobbyists etc are not going to change their ways because he says so.

    for the people complaining the hillary will enforce mandatory healthcare and that it will cost you money if you don't try looking at obamas plan, if you have children he will make it mandatory that you provide health insurance which will be inforced. Senator obama talks a good talk but he has no clue on the issues, his speeches are the same over and over change, hope, unity, whilst on the other hand denegrating his opponent in every speech, when Hillary clinton speaks she talks about the issues and her plans, she doesn't talk about senator obama.

    As you can see from the boards if this is unity then america is in a lot of trouble all I read is hatred, instead of talking about the issues people are just being insulting.

    A lot of the people on these boards are giving the world a bad impression on Americans, look at the issues, see how the candidates plans will affect your lives and make an informed choice. Not based on a change of personnel or I think Obama knows where I am coming from because of where he came from, what has he done with the opportunities he has been given, did he faithfully represent the people that put him into the senate? Will his ideas help you, look below the surface. The republicans and media are for obama because they know that the issues will be homeland security, economy etc both of which he is weak on.

    Please remember that whoever gets the nomination will be in charge of the worlds only superpower, who do you trust to make an informed decision whilst sitting in the situation room, some one who has met with and worked with world leaders, and sat on the senate armed services committee or someone with 4 years of living in another country when they were a child as their only foreign policy experience.

    To CNN: why don't you print my comments, everytime I make comments using facts not insults or lies my comments do not get printed – what are you afraid off? we all know that obama is your choice

    February 12, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  22. ep from Southern Cal.

    Latinos in California remember the 1990's when they could purchase a home and support their families. Latinos miss the prosperity they had during the Clinton years. Hillary Clinton has won the Latino vote! Latinos will never support Obama.

    February 12, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  23. Michael

    Gotta hand it to Obama and his campaign. They hire all of these "paid" bloggers to post in spanish in order to create a false sense of shift within the Latin community. Guess what? Most of us will not fall for this charade. Oh, by the way – Hillary supporters are Latinos and also are educated. And we are voting for her not because of her color, but because of her credentials!

    Latinos will vote in RECORD numbers for Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    Hillary for President!

    February 12, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  24. j.r.

    Texas vote for Mrs.Hillary Clinton ,Obamas speech at Baltimore ask for the Republicans to vote for him too ,who is he representing the Democrats or the Republicans he can't represent both sides ,an you'll know how most Republicans fill about the latinos .Obama may have to pay back for thier votes.

    February 12, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  25. Kat, Huntington, West Virginia

    Texas we are counting on you to vote for the only person in this race that has a chance of winning...Hillary! Take a look at what she has done, not her husband or the crap that the republicans have thrown at her, but her accomplishments. She has foreign policy experience which apparently has become unimportant in this campaign since Obama has absolutely NONE! She has the connections and know-how to bring us back into good standing in the world and to keep us safe. He has no clue how to do that!! Hillary 08.

    February 12, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
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