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. LatinoNation

    CNN why do you not let me say the truth you will not allow me to place my BLOG!!!
    the truth of how latinos view what will happen in TEXAS? Obama will not get the latino vote so J stop saying he is making huge ground with us !

    February 12, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  2. Tina

    Can someone please tell me where the unity of this country is? We are more divided today then we were just one year ago. We'll be even more divided come November.

    I don't pay much attention to the polls, we know how accurate they are: NH, MA, NJ, & CA. I'm voting for the person who is talking original policies not someone who is coping someone elses.

    February 12, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. Roy

    The country needs a new beginning. The number eight stands for a new beginning and it's 2008. Can we just say good buy to Bush and Clinton? We had
    enough of the old wine and it's high time we get some new wine.

    February 12, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. Bob

    Obama reminds me of McCarthy . I was a college student during the Vietnam era. I see that drama repeating. Obama has formed a coalition of the wine-sipping liberals and African-Americans and they are trying to derail the nomination of HRC who is the most eligible candidate in this election. Even if HRC gets the nomination, she will be in trouble like what happened to Humphry. In fact, Obama is more liberal than any one I can remember. If Obama wins the nomination, it will take another 20 yrs to recover from that shock. We are still trying to recover from the Carter era.

    February 12, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. JC

    OBAMA rally in Lubbock, Texas. Wednesday night (13th) at Montelongos Mexican Restaraunt. Starts at 7pm.
    One topic that will be brought up is how OBAMA has actually helped communities and his humble upbringings. Both of which Hillary cannot compete with. Latinos fro Barack! The ONLY candidate for change!

    February 12, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. Lee

    Annie – Obama has NEVER lived the life many latinos/hispancis have lived and have to live.
    He does not even understand how most black live – he is just getting their vote simply because he is black. Call that a race card if you want.

    Hillary and Bill too have been very sensitive to the issues that affect latinos/hispanics as a group and as Americans. She will be the one that stands up for them and for Maria up at the top, I feel sorry for you – you are a woman and a Latino and you have no idea what a poor choice you are making for you and your people.
    I urge you to reconsider and look at the past issues related to latinos by both candidates – then it will be glaringly clear why your elders are sticking behind Hillary.

    Hillary all the way. Women need to stand strong.

    February 12, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. AMH

    Seriously, do some of you people really think that Sen. Clinton replaced Solis Doyle with Maggie Williams to court the black vote? That would mean then that the average voter casts their vote based on the ethnicity of the candidate's campaign manager, not the cadidate. Ridiculous. So many of the Obama supporters seem to feel an unreasonable need to demonize HIllary Clinton. Sure begs the question whether they feel that their candidate can't win on his own merits. Also, to all the people who keep talking about Obama pulling himself up from humble roots – it's a great story but not entirely true. Obama had a privileged childhood – he attended Punahou School (a private prep school), Columbia University and Harvard Law. Wonderful for him that he had these great opportunities but let's tell it like it is – he didn't exactly grow up poor.

    February 12, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. Vic

    From what I hear, Obama leans more toward his intellectual-equals base than the other bases, including African Americans and Latinos. That's why he courts the Republicans and Independents.

    February 12, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. Ardnuas

    Texas..... don't be fooled by this women...... Why won't she release her tax returns?Why won't she release her e-mails from her years in the Whitehouse?
    Obama/Edwards 08 YES WE CAN SI SE PUEDE

    February 12, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. E. in Dallas, TX

    I live in Dallas, TX are there is more support for Obama than any other candidate I can remember. I've lived here my whole life. I don't think that the Latino vote in Texas will really help that much. But, that's my opinion. We are not California or Nevada.

    February 12, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  11. Sharon DC

    Geez, Stan Pitts, seems like your job is to populate this blog with Obama propaganda.

    February 12, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. j.r.

    Mrs. Hillary only whants whats best for her campain if Patti isn't making progress its's only fair for Mrs.Clinton to make a change ,this happens in most elections.

    February 12, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  13. Arnold

    Commenting on aware's previous entry. It seems that someone is definitely misinformed as far as who will polarize the government. The Clintons have a bad history with the republicans and will unite them in bringing down the Clintons. To think this government will move foward with another Clinton is a huge mistake. 12yrs with the Bush famliy and 8 yrs with the Clinton family is enough.

    February 12, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  14. LATINOVOTER

    Oh please, she did not step down WHO ARE YOU KIDDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 12, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  15. CHERYL

    HILLARY HAS A PROVEN TRACK RECORD!
    SHE IS VERY LIKABLE AND WILL WORK ACROSS PARTY LINES TO GET THIS COUNTRY BACK ON ITS FEET!!!!
    MR. OBAMA HAS NO REAL EXPERIENCE! AND A QUESTIONABLE PAST!!!!
    THE FACT THAT HE WILL NOT SALUTE THE AMERICAN FLAG OR WEAR IT SPEAKS VOLUMES!
    THIS COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED ON THAT FLAG!
    HILLARY WEARS IT PROUDLY!

    I AM BEHIND HILLARY CLINTON ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 12, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. Murry

    The Clintons slighted African Americans with "fairy tale" and "Jesse Jackson" rants after they started showing interest in Obama. Yesterday, she dismissed Obama's Louisiana win entirely because of the African American turnout.
    So take a guess at what kind of loyalty Hillary would have with Hispanic voters in the future?

    February 12, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  17. CHERYL

    HILLARY HAS BEEN TREATED ROTTEN BY THE PRESS AND CNN!
    I AM TOTALLY INSULTED BY THIS TREATMENT OF WOMEN!!!!!!
    THIS IS AS BAD AS THE NOOSE'S AT JENA!
    SAME BIAS TO ME!!!!!

    GO HILLARY I AM WITH YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 12, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  18. Charlotte

    How about you Obama supporters explain where Obama was when the important vote on Iran took place? In fact explain he voting record in the state senate as well. He has missed 1/3 of all votes in the US SENATE. How can he claim to be the best choice, encourage us all to be sure and vote, when he is absent a 1/3 of the time? He injects race into ever speech he makes, "the urgency of now." He mentions MLK or JFK in every Rally he has. He is now turning to hispanics with, yes we can, in Spanish. How to say, yes we can, in any language is his forte.

    February 12, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  19. LATINOVOTER

    If Latinos want their WAGES GARNISHED AND MONEY TAKEN OUT OF THEIR PAYCHECKS to vote obtain HEALTHCARE......Vote for Hillary.... SAY NO TO MANDATED HEALTH CARE. DONT BUY THAT PLAN, she might be a friend and Bill was good to us, BUT YOU WILL BE SORRY, when you get your increasing shrinking paychecks!

    February 12, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  20. Nick A Ga

    For those of you who will be voting in the primaries in Texas and Ohio, please consider this:
    Polls project OBAMA beats McCain in a Presidential race, and HILLARY loses. Why? Ask Republicans who they consider is the better candidate and which one they believe they can beat. They will say time and time again they can beat Hillary and fear OBAMA. Hillary polarizes Americans... and that is more of the same thing we got since the GOP started the contract with America. Polarization will not bring the Dems to power in 08. In fact, moderate voters will ultimately decide the fate of the election, not ultra conservatives and liberals. Don't choose betwen Hillary and Obama... choose between a democrat who can beat McCain and bring bipartisan unity to the nation.

    February 12, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  21. CHERYL

    SHAME ON OPRAH FOR BEING A PART OF THIS!!!!!!!!

    February 12, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  22. Lovely in VA

    Jerome - pay no mind to Brandy, NJ, she's been on here before spreading her hate.

    WOO HOOO OBAMA 08!!

    February 12, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  23. BB Florida

    Whats wrong with all you people?Obama is gonna raise taxes on people that make 75 thousand a year.Most families have 2 people working and make that or will be making that.I' m sorry people, but that is not wealthy.All the independents and white male voters that are pushing Obama,are gonna turn and vote in the national for Mcain!We will be stuck with another Bush for 4 years.Not only that,the man is a military pacifist.I have serious doubt that he will protect this nation.Every body better wake up and vote for Clinton,because she will be much bettor for the country.

    February 12, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  24. Politically Speaking

    So now Mrs. Clinton is the Latino's friend. When she had the Black vote I didn't hear one peep of her agenda for Latinos....why can't people see through this?

    February 12, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  25. MARIA 2325

    I AM LATINO AND I WANTO TO TELL YOU I SUPPORT HILLARY BECAUSE SHE SI THE BEST PREPARE FOR THE JOB , WITH EXPERIENCE TO TURN THE ECONOMY INTO PROSPERITY . IF OBAMA WERE THE CANDIDATE I WOULD VOTE FOR REPUBLICAN , AND I WOULD NOT BE THE ONLY ONE.
    GO HILLARY , YOU HAVE MY VOTE

    February 12, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
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