July 23rd, 2008
11:37 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama campaign releases, re-releases Spanish radio ad

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(CNN) - Barack Obama’s campaign released a new Spanish-language radio ad Wednesday that will hit the air in battleground states with large Latino voting blocs, after mistakenly sending out an earlier script of the spot that included a reference to the Illinois senator's immigrant father.

"Some people have power and connections. But most of us have to make our own way through life,” says the announcer in “Nuestro Propio Camino.”

“This is true even for the man who could become the next President … Barack Obama. He grew up without a father — raised by his mother with the support of his grandparents. Through student loans and hard work, he graduated from college.

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“Obama never forgot his roots,” continues the announcer, adding that "despite the political pressure, Obama has stood with us for immigration reform and spoke out for our veterans. It’s time we had a President who understands we all deserve a chance to make our own way."

An earlier version of the script released earlier Wednesday also pointed out that “His father was an immigrant. His mother from a humble, middle class family.” In that version, the announcer added that “Obama never pulled people down as he made his way up.”

The Obama campaign said the change had not been an attempt to downplay the presumptive Democratic nominee's immigrant father. “We don’t just wipe Barack’s father, who meant so much to him, out of the campaign. An ad is an ad,” said Deputy Campaign Manager Steve Hildebrand, after being asked about the change on a conference call with reporters, adding that “there is no strategy to eliminate him by any stretch.”

A clear majority of Hispanic voters backed Hillary Clinton over Obama during the primary season, but recent polls suggest he now holds a significant lead over John McCain among this key demographic. The new ad will air in Florida, Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico – states where the Hispanic vote could prove decisive this November.


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soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. Kris from AZ

    Educated and what do you know..not born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Obama 2008!

    July 23, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Latinos for Obama

    Senor Obama el apoyo del mundo Latino esta contigo!

    July 23, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. Terri

    Good for you Obama

    That is all most of us want, but some people just do not want others to be equal or succeed in life.

    July 23, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. Francisco in NY

    I fail to see how WhamBama will support the spanish community. His first and foremost priority will be to his black constituents. He only wants our votes. Wake up people – do not support him !!!

    July 23, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. Freida, NYC

    It will not make a difference among the Spanish or the Hispanic community. I am 1/2 Spaniard and 1/2 American, and I can tell you none of my friends or family members feel comfortable voting for BHO. I understand that having a good level of confidence is important for success, however; Obama is acting way too "cocky." I may consider voting for him only if Hillary is on the ticket.

    Hillary 2008.

    July 23, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. James

    The truth is a powerful thing. There is more to unite us than there is to divide us.

    July 23, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. Ricky - Hispanic/Educated and voting for Obama

    Good for you Obama. Remember your roots. I immigrated to Michigan from Puerto Rico when I was a little boy.

    Obama is what the U.S.A. needs. He represents the country.

    Obama '08.

    July 23, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. Ken

    This is a joke! Where do we live, Mexico or the United States of America?

    Our language here is English and NOT SPANISH! Give me a break. All that Obama is doing is pandering for the Latino vote. WE DON"T need a inexperience, no skills, no talent or anything else that makes him qualified to be our next President.

    I would like to see that at the convention, the delegates would see Obama for what he really is, LACKING EVERYTHING THAT IS NEEDED TO BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT, and decide to vote for Hillary Clinton, who is qualified to be our next President.

    If Obama or the Democrats want to win in November, then they need to make sure that Hillary Clinton is ON THE TICKET with Obama,

    Hillary Clinton/Obama 2008

    July 23, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Is he running for President of Mexico?

    July 23, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. Rick FL

    Si se puede!
    Vamonos '08 con Obama.

    July 23, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. Brian

    Yeah, let's do let people make their own way rather than having the government dictate their lives. Vote McCain!

    July 23, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. Onedayatatime

    Come on CNN...are you telling me that this story was posted at 11:00 and almost 2 hours later ther haven't been any comments? Yet, a story posted 45 min. ago about Novak running into a bicycle rider has already received 20 comments. What's going on?

    July 23, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. Sweetie

    This is one Hispanic that will NEVER vote for Obama!

    And I haven't talked with anyone who plans on voting for him!

    What a Joke-he does not connect with us at all!

    McCain 08

    July 23, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. Pedro

    Too many promises and overcommitted. Obama should get real and understand the culture (e.g., Mexican) and hardships that many of Hispanics face. All those emblems and half pronounced Spanish words makes me vomit. He is a rock-stra want-a-be President. He is fake and transparent.

    July 23, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. Abby

    que bueno!

    July 23, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. An American Whiner

    And the thing that is so powerful about this ad....

    EVERY WORD OF IT IS TRUE.

    July 23, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. JD

    I understand that Mr. Obama is ashamed that I don't speak Spanish. Well, I guess I can live with that.

    July 23, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. Ojamas

    Obama supporters can wear the latest in political fashion chic: pajamas that feature the Obama 'O' logo.

    They're called ... Ojamas. There is no McCain equivalent.

    July 23, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. ali

    no news here

    July 23, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. Crush Rush

    Thanks to Obama,even law breakers will get AMNESTY and criminals in the White House will get a pardon.What a nice Law and Order guy.I wont vote for John McCain and this guy is close to losing my vote too.

    July 23, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. Claudia

    Hispanics take a close look at your brothers and sisters in Arizona, the state in which John McCain is Senator, and see how they have been hurded up like cattle, jailed and bused back across the border. Check it out for yourself and then make an informed decision before voting for McCain.

    July 23, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. ProudToBeDemocrat

    Latino for Obama we are all in it.

    July 23, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  23. Griff

    Raised by his "Adopted Mother"... There is no DNA proof... Father/him left East Africa 1963-4, headed East across the Indian Ocean,and They finished up in theEast Indies.. What happened then is the Mystery..

    July 23, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  24. NewYorker Magazine Rocks

    Hey Obama folks,

    Latino voters respect their families and their elders. We never throw our fathers or grandmothers under the bus. And we specially respect elders (McCain) for their wisdom and courage.

    Hillary we need you.

    July 23, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  25. Kpawlak

    Pandering again.

    July 23, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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