July 11th, 2008
08:45 AM ET
14 years ago

New McCain ad: Hispanic immigrants are 'God's children'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/11/art.mccainad0711.cnn.jpg caption="A new McCain ad is aimed at Hispanic voters in key battleground states."] (CNN) - John McCain is airing a new ad - in which he calls Hispanic Americans “God’s Children” - in his latest bid to win over that key voting bloc.

The spot comes amid a major push on that front by the presumptive Republican nominee, including private meetings with community leaders, Spanish-language radio ads, the launch of regular campaign conference calls with Hispanic pastors, and speeches at high-profile gatherings like this week’s address at the League of Latin American Citizens and next Monday’s speech at National Council La Raza - two of the trifecta of major Latino conferences McCain will make an appearance at this cycle.

The new ad – which will air in Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico, all neighbors of McCain’s home state of Arizona which are all heavily-contested states this cycle – features comments from a summer 2007 debate in which the senator praises the service of Hispanic veterans.

“My friends, I want you the next time you're down in Washington, D.C., to go to the Vietnam War Memorial and look at the names engraved in black granite. You'll find a whole lot of Hispanic names,” McCain said in remarks included in the 30-second spot.

He praised the service of members of the military serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, including “some of the few thousand that are still green card holders who are not even citizens of this country, who love this country so much that they're willing to risk their lives in its service in order to accelerate their path to citizenship and enjoy the bountiful, blessed nation.”

“So let's from time to time remember that these are God's children. They must come to our country legally, but they have enriched our culture and our nation as every generation of immigrants before them,” he concluded.

McCain faced tough criticism from many conservatives early in the campaign for his support of comprehensive immigration legislation, and had shifted on the trail to an enforcement-first message that resonated with GOP primary voters, who listed immigration as among their top concerns.

The campaign has released both English and Spanish-language versions of the ad.

Filed under: John McCain • Political ads
soundoff (208 Responses)
  1. T GUY

    Hispanics have to make there own decision on who they want to support. It should be interesting to see if they support Obama. Lets see how well informed they are or will they react to bias like some other ethnic groups.

    July 11, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  2. Obama for President

    And – do you think the Hispanics are going to vote for him.

    He is not even leading in his own state of Arizona according to the latest Zogby Poll

    July 11, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  3. Laura

    I applaud John McCain for his position on immigration. He has even gone against his own party on this issue.

    I hope that the Latino community remembers that it was John McCain who brought clarity on the issue of immigration. He did not drop his views on the subject, he just said the first thing (not the only thing) we need to do is tighten the borders.

    I am sure those Latino families in border states want the border between U.S. and Mexico to be protected and safe for citizens on both sides.

    I don't know where Obama really stands on immigration. I know he is riding Hillary's coattails on most every issue. Now that she is out of the race...he seems to be lost and is "changing" his mind on lots of important issues. (i.e. death penalty, gay marriage, gun control, Iraq, etc).

    So despite the fact that everyone is pouning on Senator McCain by calling him old or "McBush" or "McSame", at least we know what he stands for especially on immigration.

    July 11, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  4. DJ in TX

    WOW! The first time I've seen Senator McCain use "God" in anything. Now I do wonder what the consertive right will think about this add. I can't help but think that they won't like it too well.

    I've long felt that as a path to citizenship for illegal immagrants is through the military (I'm a veteran).

    I'd like to see the whole add however. I just don't see any Republican policies addressing Hispanic issues.

    July 11, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  5. CY on NE

    Aren't we all God's children??

    July 11, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. Carl, Atlanta

    All immmigrants are God's children. Illegal immigrants are God's children who are breaking the law and should be deported back to the nation in which God gave them life. From there they may apply for entry into the U.S., if they desire. Illegal is illegal and McCain should stop sucking up to Hispanics just to get their votes. Cracking down on illegal immigrants, some of whom are terrorists and, therefor, a national security threat, should be a serious campaign issue. If Hispanic citizens believe that other Hispanics should be allowed to enter our country unchecked, the candidates need to tell them that they will not support them in this belief and allow them to vote or not as they choose.

    July 11, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. Jimmy in NYC

    For the record...Many many hispanics voted for the Republican Bush because someone in Bush's family was married to a woman of Mexican descent and that made him one of them. I found that logic very funny. In the eight years that he was president he limited all visas for latin americans to the point where no one even with money could get one to come here legally. He used 9/11 as the excuse to crack down on those hispanic terrorists.
    Bush and the Republicans did nothing to stop the other country's visas(India,pakistan,China,korea, etc) from being issued because those people don't cross the Mexican border(they come through Canada so it is OK) and they have $$ to open buisnesses. They are also able to take high paying professional jobs.
    Maybe McCain's brother's sister's roomate is latin american so that would make it ok for hispanics to jump on the bandwagon again.
    Vote intelligently latin americans!

    July 11, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  8. Mike - Texas

    I am for legal immigration and against illegal immagration.

    But there is one thing that I am for and that is; whether an immigrant is legal of illegal, if they are serving this country in the military, they should have their applications to become American citizens expedited to the front of the line.

    July 11, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  9. Connie

    John McBush needs to spend his Sundays in a pew in church and reading his Bible , we are all God's children. Now that he is down in the polls maybe he now understands what senator Obama was talking about.When we are hurting we cling to our faith.After every tragic event or illness we go to prayer and we ask for prayer.I ask that anyone reading this comment to please pray for Officer Jason Fishburn and his family in Indianapolis,Indiana, who was shot in the head on Thursday when he stopped a car with a murder suspect in it. Barack Hussein Obama 08

    Connie"Hussein"Sturgeon from Indiana

    July 11, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Flattery will get you nowhere.

    McCain has been blasting Obama for months "for not voting" on the Kyl-Lieberman vote. I've posted uncounted times he was being hypocritical. Why is it that he's not called on it until now? Oh, because this time he claimed to have voted for it.

    July 11, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. vjh

    We are ALL god's children.....pandering or what ?

    July 11, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. Jason

    There are also a lot of Hispanic names, and immigrants attempting to legally immigrate to the US... some even serve in the military, despite not having citizenship. But McCain would still like to kick them out of the country. It seems the only Hispanics that John McCain likes are dead ones listed on granite walls.

    July 11, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. not important

    What does Phil Gramm think about them? Oh yeah rigth they are not rich so are they gods children? I mean what Phil Gramm says tells us everything we need to know about what McCain thinks of poor people.

    July 11, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. sherry for Obama

    Mccain is pathetic trying to win the Hispanic vote.
    I think any Latino with an ounce of integrity would see thru this farce and know that he is insincere.
    Calling Hispanics Gods children.......Why would he say that only to them ,we are all Gods children.
    Is he trying to win votes?

    Vote for Obama-He's the candidate who truly cares for the people.

    July 11, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. Latino for Obama

    If McCain really wants to win over minorities and especially Latinos, he needs to come out and condemn the Arizona legislature's attempt to end ethnic studies in schools across the state, because obviously to learn about ones history in culture is not american correct?

    Furthermore, he ESPECIALLY needs to come out and condemn the use of racial profiling in cities across his state (and the country for that matter) to round up undocumented immigrants. Practices like this only breed an image of criminality of the Latino people.

    But I suppose it's easier to say we're all "God's Children" right Mr. McCain?

    July 11, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  16. Jo Ann

    If the hispanics buy into this they will be sorry, John McCain only want
    their votes after that he will be blocking everything he can that would help the average person. The last I heard we're all God's children they just become his children now that he needs their votes. Please
    people wake up. John McCain can't remember from one day to the next and wants to be president heaven help us all. This reminds me so much of Bush do we really want another 4 years of this.

    July 11, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  17. Uncle Sam

    John McCain: A common sense approach to the problem of illegal immigration.

    Americans for McCain '08

    July 11, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  18. Travis

    This is great. And Obama thinks your children should learn Spanish.

    July 11, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  19. Denise Groves

    McCain always misfires! Especially when it comes to answering why women cannot get contraceptives as a prescription, but men can get viagra. His saying the recession is a mental issue. Now you have gramm, one of the vilest men there are saying we are whinning!

    the best one yet? a vet asking him why his record shows that he has been against almost every bill that went before the senate that would help them. mccain tried to lie his way out of it during this town meeting. the vet would not have it. he pushe mccain regarding this. a group that represents vets keeps track of how our politicians treat our brave men/women. mccain received a D, and obama a B+! That is where this vet receive his info!

    can you imagine, mccain, the former pow, receiving a D!!! made my day

    July 11, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  20. RHM

    So, when McCain is in front of a white, conservative audience, he's all for border and immigration control.

    When he's in front of a Hispanic audience, he believes that illegal immigrants are God's little angels on Earth.

    ...see, this is why I'm no longer a Republican. McCain is going to destroy the party.

    July 11, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  21. Jim - Wisconsin

    God's Children??? What does that make me.....oh yeah...A whining American who has been diagnosed with mental recession...

    Does anyone else see that there is something seriously wrong with McCain and his ads?

    July 11, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  22. Saffta

    If Sen McCain opens one more remark with 'my friends' I think I may scream. Doesn't he understand how ingenuous this sounds? Not having to hear this mannerism of speech would be reason enough to not vote for him – right here in River City – oops, I mean the USA.
    Kinds of reminds you of a snake oil salesman doesn't it?

    July 11, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  23. CapoCastillo

    I wonder if the ad includes how McCain totally folded like a cheap suit when it came to his 'maverick' platform on immigration? You sacrafice your individuality to appeal to the GOP base, but you want to cling to a hope you'll appeal to the latino community using spanish language ads, McCain? Sorry, but you can't have it both ways, you're either the GOP neo-facist crony or you're not. Time to make up your mind.

    July 11, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  24. H-ROD

    Thats very nice John, Now why not help God's children get the hell out of Iraq and fight to end this sham! and not keep them there for the next 100 years. (yes Obama can)!!!!!!

    July 11, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  25. I have McCain's missing Military Records in a Shoebox outside of Toledo

    Surprised McCain didn't choke on saying the word, "GOD". He has never said anything about his faith. Does he even have faith? Not that it matters or not, but if he's going to bring up Rev Wright, it's fair game to ask him.

    I know that he does believe in divorce and adultery. Lying as well about it. HE stated that he said he had been seperated for months from Carol, when records show that he still had them listed as cohabitation only 30 days before he filed for divorce.

    Once a cheat, always a cheat. Thankfully, God forgives, but does McCain even believe in Him?

    July 11, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
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