July 14th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain reassures Latinos on immigration

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/14/art.mccain0712.ap.jpg caption="McCain will defend his immigration record, attack Obama’s later Monday."] PHOENIX (CNN) – John McCain told the National Council of La Raza on Monday that he is and always has been committed to comprehensive immigration reform.

McCain is defending his record amidst criticism from Barack Obama, who has asserted in recent speeches to Hispanic groups that the presumptive Republican nominee backed away from his support for immigration reform when it became a political liability in the Republican primaries.

Election Center: Where the candidates stand on immigration

Obama told the NCLR on Sunday that McCain “abandoned his courageous stance” on immigration during his presidential run, a charge McCain plans to push back against today in San Diego.

“I feel I must, as they say, correct the record,” said McCain. “At a moment of great difficulty in my campaign, when my critics said it would be political suicide for me to do so, I helped author with Senator Kennedy comprehensive immigration reform, and fought for its passage.

“I took my lumps for it without complaint. My campaign was written off as a lost cause. I did so not just because I believed it was the right thing to do for Hispanic Americans. It was the right thing to do for all Americans.”

Conservatives blasted the McCain-Kennedy bill. McCain later decided he would not support the legislation, which failed to become law, until the country's southern border is secured.

McCain argued that Obama, in fact, helped defeat the McCain-Kennedy immigration by voting for “amendments that were intended to kill the legislation.”

“I remain committed to fair, practical and comprehensive immigration reform, I mean it,” he said. “I think I have earned that trust.”

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soundoff (208 Responses)
  1. mare

    McCain cannot talk and think at the same time–McCain is a loose canon period–how is McCain going to deal with Soveriegn Countries period? Every day McCain says something that makes no sense period. McCain does not talk about issues only runs down Obama that is all he does! McCain has a huge anger management problem, his fits of rage are uncontrollable period. How is McCain going to handle the real stress day to day in Government when he cannot handle his own campaign that is now being run by Bush men? His fits of rage, his temper shows he has an emotional instability and is not normal! The news media is covering McCain's huge mistakes made in statments but will SOVERIEGN COUNTRIES accept it? Very scary! How will mcCain even understand the depth or comprehend the issues on Foreign Policys? Obama was on Fareed Zakaria and the whole world watch it–obama knows knows his Foreign Policy that is for sure, better even this Bush government!! Vote Obama

    July 14, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  2. Palmetto King

    Stop pandering mcbush

    July 14, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  3. Phil Newton Murphy, Oregon

    Yes, indeed. Mr. McCain has displayed political courage - in the past.

    In the present, it is sorely lacking, and he does not get my vote.

    July 14, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  4. Hispanic For McCain

    latino4Obama July 14th, 2008 5:28 pm ET

    I am donating to Obama. He will bring my brother home from Iraq!

    Shame on you I happen to have Two brothers in Iraq, and guess what they believe in the United States of America, they believe in principal, so don't get mad about that OBAMA will bring the troops home. Remember what it said that he will end the War once he elected, nows he says 16 months next time he will say 2 years and then 4 years and so on. That is why he Flip Flops on everything.Latinos open your eyes wide open McCain is the one for Hispanic people not OBAMA.

    Hispanic for McCain

    July 14, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  5. Tired of McCains Lies

    McCain is the biggest flip flopper...the Hispanics are not going to fall for this one..

    July 14, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  6. linda n carolina

    Ricky: Don't you get tired of the same old rhetoric over and over. Do you think if you say it enough people will believe it. Yes McCain is a war hero....but that doesn't mean he'll make a great or even a good president. He didn't show good judgement on Iraq now did he?

    July 14, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  7. Hispanic For McCain

    Xavier July 14th, 2008 5:17 pm ET

    Hispanics for McCain,
    What Latinos?I look to the left, and I look to the right, I look all around and see only Latinos for Obama.

    Listen you moron where are you getting this crap, cause here in NY, PA, OH, MI, FLA, NM, TX, NV, CA, CO the Hispanic people are saying that McCain is their man not OBAMA. Also let me tell you one thing I happen to be a DEM and all my friends and family are DEM but this BOZO Obama is not for the Latinos people. Just go and ask Hillary Clinton about the Latino Connection, she said Hispanic go vote for McCain cause OBAMA is a big clown (BOZO) that is the facts

    Ask Bill Clinton!!!!!

    Hispanic for McCain!!!!!

    July 14, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  8. Hispanic For McCain

    Hispanics4Obama July 14th, 2008 5:14 pm ET

    I am for Obama. Older hispanics I think are rooting for Mcbush because they worship white british People!

    Hispanic for McCAIN, LISTEN HISPANIC4OBAMA, you know that Latinos are going for McCain you need to wake up and smell the coffee, and learn a little more about your culture, We latinos have pride in this country and we Latinos will not be for sell just because you have this fantacy about OBAMA. He is not for the Latinos I happen to believe that McCain is for the Latinos!!! Why is that OBAMA Never visit Mexico, Colombia, and yes he did when to my Island in Puerto Rico and guess what the Puertorican people told him to leave this is CLINTON Country that is right and a fact!!!! that is why he lost BIG TIME in Puerto Rico!!! Puertorican are smart people and we know a true winner in McCain!!!! Not Obama

    July 14, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
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