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. Erik

    God's children???Sure. God needs to come down here and explain.

    July 11, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. JohnS

    McConfused is really confused.

    Voting to 100% against Hispanics and saying they are the children of GOD? how hypocrite.

    Too much Viagra, McViagra

    July 11, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. whatever

    THIS is pandering??? this isn't even nearly in the same league with Obama's statement that all of our kids should learn Spanish, but apparently none of you has a problem with that because it was Obama who said it? Wake up from your rapture before it's too late....

    July 11, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. mitchell hussein martin

    Jimmy in NYC July 11th, 2008 10:06 am ET
    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...

    You find that very funny? The majority of us are voting for Obama because he is BLACK. If McCain was married to a BLACK woman, the votes would be split. If McCain was raised by a BLACK woman, the votes would be split. Actually, McCain could have been raised by a BLACK woman. He is old enough to have lived during those times. :-/

    July 11, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. TiredofMcCainsFreeRide

    Hispanics are smart & can recognize"pandering" when they see it.

    July 11, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. Clinton/McCain

    I like how CNN always has news stories about the polls when Obama is doing well in polls, but no stories when his poll numbers are slipping. New national poll has Obama ahead by just 2 points! He's going down!

    July 11, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. Bill Johnson

    When all else fails... speak God!
    I hope all you who voted for Bush understand what you have done. Look at the complete mess we are in. Don't stay the course this election.

    July 11, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. Rave

    Everyone is god's children, except McCain
    OBAMA (2008 -16)

    July 11, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. American

    How do you say "pander" in Spanish?

    July 11, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. jimmy velman


    July 11, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. Loretta from California

    more pandering to get votes. Don't be fooled. He will reveal his true feelings if he's elected President.


    July 11, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  12. @HusseinIsAmerican2

    Gramm "does not speak for me. I speak for me.
    National Campaign General Co-Chairs
    Former U.S. Senator Phil Gramm, Texas
    Former U.S. Representative Thomas G. Loeffler, Texas
    Source: johnmccain.com
    ARLINGTON, VA - U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential campaign today released a statement signed by over 300 professional economists in support of John McCain's Jobs for America economic plan. The list includes Nobel Prize winners, business economists with experience in the private sector, policy economists with experience in government and academic economists from major universities and state and community colleges.
    Economists Who Have Signed The Statement: Phil Gramm, Former U.S. Senator
    Source: johnmccain.com
    Fortune: McCain's Econ Brain
    Economic conservatives take heart: Phil Gramm is influencing the candidate's platform (2/19/08)
    "But economic conservatives should take heart. McCain's chief economic advisor - and perhaps his closest political friend - is the ultimate pure play in free market faith, former Texas Senator Phil Gramm, 65. If McCain follows Gramm's counsel, and most of his current positions are vintage Gramm indeed..."
    Source: Fortune Magazine
    Gramm "does not speak for me. I speak for me.
    Yeah right. Is that a lie, a flipflop, a course change, what?

    July 11, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. McLame

    Bush is an idiot, and so is that stupid McSame if he thinks we're going to vote for a person who says the economy is in our imagination. This is not the change I want for my country.

    July 11, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. Seattle Sue

    My gosh, is this pandering or is it pandering? McCain makes me want to throw up. I will never vote for McCain or any person that is a Republician!

    July 11, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. New Yorker

    McCain is a good man. I know that doesn't mean much to a lot of folks who want an American Idol as President, but goodness and decency mean a great deal to me.

    July 11, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. Hose-Ay in CT

    At least this shows that McCain is not one of those say anything to get the vote politicians!
    Barr in 08!

    July 11, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |

    I don't know what makes Senator Mccain think that we will fall for this. Every Latino I have spoken to here in TX is supporting Obama with the exception of 2 who were always Republican voters. Latinos know what Republicans have done to this country and our communities and are ready to make a change.

    Even though Mccain wants to tout his support of comprehensive immigration reform (which isn't the number one issue to Latinos), he turned his back on it, he doesn't support the Dream Act, he doesn't believe in dual language education. I mean, how is this Latino friendly legislation. He wants to have this thing both ways and it isn't going to work. Maybe the 2000 Mccain, but not this one.

    July 11, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  18. Matt

    I love the fact that John McCain tries to win over Hispanic voters with an advertisement that shows him sitting on stage with Tom Tancredo! Que mal suerte!

    July 11, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  19. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Interesting how Reptilicans use minorities like pawns in their little turf wars...Not his time, folks! The veil has been lifted...

    July 11, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  20. sanger, tx /Hillary supprter


    July 11, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  21. Juan

    Then why are you so proud of the 2000 mile fence you're making.

    July 11, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  22. Venus

    This war monger is stuck on the Nam War!

    He got shot down! He didn't even fight in the Nam-war!!! Hero? How does a POW become a hero?

    What makes the MSM think that McSame is better to protect this country and win any wars?

    July 11, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  23. AnotherGasTaxGimmick

    This man doesn't have a clue.The hispanics are probably calling him "bendeho" now.

    July 11, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. Kat

    will someone please tell McCain to stop saying...'my friends'...it so gets on my nerves
    but then, most of what he says and all of how he says it gets on my nerves too.

    July 11, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  25. lany

    What the...

    July 11, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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