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. Cathy in MD

    Pandering, pandering, and more pandering. It makes me feel bad all over. And … well, left out! Is McCain suggesting that the rest of us – you know, the whiners, the ones who can be placated through psychological manipulation – are not “God’s Children?” I think it’s an offensive ad.

    July 11, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. ben

    McCain said Obama had lowered himself to being nothing more than
    any other old style politician. Well, by pandering to the to the Latinos, he has lowered himself lower than even the old style politicians

    July 11, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. Good God !!!

    Good God, this guy is really a tired old man.
    What were the Republicans thinking by giving him the nomination?
    Have you noticed even McCain's voice is getting weaker and weaker.
    He needs to lie down and take a rest.
    Can't vote for McCain , WON'T vote for Obama.
    This voter will write in Hillary Clinton.
    Won't you join me?

    July 11, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. Bulldog

    This ad is very slimy. McCON is clearly pandering to latinos and we will find out if they fall for it or not. McCON NEVER talks about GOD or religion so this ad is clearly a "suck-up" ad. Iranian citizens are also God's children and John McCON recently said he wished they would all be killed. We are all God's children, maybe if he actually attending church he would know that.

    July 11, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. DahktaD

    McCain better start realizing there are more Independent voters that need to be captured, than those that cannot legally vote. Grovelling to a particular special interest group will certainly lose him to conservative indepents. And I for one, as a Reagan Republican now Independent, will not endorse another republican who touts Amnesty...no matter how he tries to redefine it. I'd vote for Obama, at least I would know upfront the screwing we are going to get, over another Bush.

    July 11, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. Peter of Oregon

    Listening to him speak... watch him. Do you think he really cares about you? Think about it.. Look at his record.

    He's pandering for your votes.

    July 11, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. Susan

    Pandering. Barf.

    July 11, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. Not!

    We are all God's Chidren (even the athiests). McCain is obviously pandering to hispanics. I'm willing to bet the only hispanic he's ever had any interaction with is housekeeper or gardener.

    America is built on the sweat and work of immigrants. LEGAL immigrants. The time when we as a country can absorb millions of illegals into our healthcare and welfare systems is long past. We don't need a wall, though. All we need to do is to change the laws. Change #1-If your parents are not Americans, and they are not applying to be Americans, if you are born in the US, you are NOT a US citizen. Change #2. if you are not an American citizen, you cannot apply for welfare and you cannot apply for unemployment. Change #3 You may visit this country on a work visa, and you may get a driver's license, but you must have have vehicle insurance if you have a car. Change #4. If you are not an American citizen, you may rent or lease American property, but you cannot own American real estate (this goes for foreign companies as well). Change #5, to obtain a work visa, you or your employer must have minimum health insurance for you and your dependents.

    End of story.

    July 11, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. Hispanic Voter

    To: T GUY and Carl, Atlanta:

    "Lets see how well informed they are or will they react to bias like some other ethnic groups." I am Hispanic and I am very well informed. I have been voting for over 36 years. I do not vote on sound bites or jump on band wagons. Not the BHO nor MC bandwagon! I am a life long practicing Catholic and was raised in a good home where my parents did not teach us to hate nor discriminate against another human being. Nor to take things on face value, but to look deep inside and make informed decisions about everything!! Not all Hispanics voted for Bush based on his sister in law being Hispanic. How stupid! The ones I know voted for Bush because they didn't like Kerry! Some were dumb enough just like the others to fall for his 9/11 bull. How ironic for you to say " will they react to bias like some other ethnic groups." Um, it's very obvious Blacks– they voted for BHO simply because he is Black and it would be "historic" and forget about issues and his voting record, experience, his indecisiveness which is clearly coming into focus and his supporters are now so "surprised". So, tell me who is informed and who isn't? Lastly, Carl–you say some are "terrorists"–um, where do you get your information from. You shouldn't go around making false accusations. You sound like Bush.

    Yes, I'll make an informed decision and it will be to stay home after voting in the Democratic party for over 36 years. I would rather do that than to hand the leadership of our country to either one of these fools.

    CNN have the guts to post this.

    July 11, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. Eric in Ca

    What has McCain or the GOP ever done for minorities, women, gays, economy, fairness & equality???

    His own immigration legislation he said he wouldn't vote for. Unless you are very wealthy latino family making well over 250 will be paying a greater proportion of taxes. Wake up America, McCain is truly a 3rd Bush term.

    July 11, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  11. Latina

    Am so tired of politics!! In the end no matter who we vote for the electoral college will decide who is elected just like in 2000. Bush policies towards Cuba are incocibable only visits every 3 years. Who is he to tell how often can we visit our families. Both my grandparents die and i couldnt get to see them. Now the democrats we the Armenian Genocide are sooooo wrongggg IT NEVER HAPPENED!!1 Open history books people. Well anyways who are politics to decide history right? what are historians for? Anyways am so confuse who will I vote for!!! Honestly i dont like Obama or Mccain!!!

    July 11, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  12. Mattk

    All of McCain's campaign tactics of backpeddling, dodging questions, flip flopping, "miss speaking", and telling people what they want to hear is making me sick.

    July 11, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. proud army and navy mom

    we are all God's children. that will include the Iranians that he was joking about killing them with cigarettes. are troops are God's children and they are getting injured and killed every day over a lie.

    does mcbush even think before he opens his sagging jaws? this idiot will say anything to get himself elected.

    July 11, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. Stephen H

    I guess since Hispanics are "God's Children" they are not subjected to the same halucinations that the rest of us "mentally recessed" Americans. Give me a break McCain! My Hispanic friends will not fall for your pandering ways. Hispanics and the rest of us Americans are not imaging the pain we feel when we go to get gas or buy groceries. Keep your phoney ads Senator, because they will not help you or your Republican collegues in November.

    BTW McCain, quite avoiding questions like the one about medical coverage for Viagra versus birth control and have a position for a change. You look very old and foolish when you are that unprepared to address the press.

    July 11, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  15. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Of course we're all God's children.

    The only thing is, some of God's children get smuggled into this country, and some of them get deported, while their children stay, because they were born in the US.

    I suppose John McCain is God's grandfather? 🙂

    July 11, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. Denise Groves

    Give it up McMunster! Obama has the Latino vote. The GOP blew it!

    July 11, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. Obama 08: Female, 60, white

    Time to leave the Vietnam War behind and talk about and solve the two wars we are in. This man is too much in the past and not equipped to deal with the realities of the 21st century!!

    July 11, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. Adam in NJ

    Can we leave God out of anything these days? McCain and the Republicans constantly shoving Christian-coated political pandering is sickening...I'm catholic and I'M even tired of hearing about "God-this" and "God-that" and "God's Children"...*sigh*

    We need Obama, not a third Bush term.

    July 11, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. McLame Brain

    No, he thinks we're all his children. He talks to us like we're five years old. When an important subject comes up that need an important answer, he jokes about it. No, this man will not be my president. Send him to a nursing home and let the country move forward.

    July 11, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  20. Chanda Cincinnati Ohio

    You'll find a whole lot of African Ameircan, some Asian, Jewish and American Indian names as well....so what's his point!!!!! If I were Hispanic I would find this ad insulting. Don't pander to me and act as if you are concerned about me now that you need my vote to become president. What has he done while in office to help any minotrity? We all know he voted against MLK having a holiday, but of course this year he realized his mistake...GIVE ME A BIG FAT BREAK!!!!! This ad reeks of desparation!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 11, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  21. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    "RHM July 11th, 2008 10:25 am ET

    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."
    Actually, Bush has already destroyed the party. John McCain is just throwing a little more dirt on it.

    July 11, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. Justin from West Haven, CT

    Nice flipflopping McCain, are you for amnesty or not?

    July 11, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. Rich

    Wow! Are we using God now to get votes. McCain please just let it go.

    July 11, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  24. Sick Man on BOARD!!!!

    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……..We are all GOD'S CHILDREN!!!!!…..This is called PANDERING ………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.
    MR McCain you are Disgusting!!!…..REMEMBER when he says MY FRIENDS ….he is up to no GOOD ……..This man is full of GAME and he thinks that WE are STUPID
    CNN plz POST 2nd try

    July 11, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |


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