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. Mike, TX

    Does the ad also say that Obama is promising that US citizens will be paying for the healthcare of all the illegal immigrants currently in the United States. His healthcare plan includes them too.

    July 23, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. Chutzpah

    Barack Obama reminds me of the fellow who killed his parents and then threw himself upon the mercy of the court, pleading that they should be lenient because he was an orphan.

    July 23, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. Mauri

    These CNN stories and blogs provide an excellent means where ordinary citizens can state erroneous information, and give opinions.
    This story is about radio ads about Barack Obama is an excellent example of this. Error Number One: Oft repeated but completely erroneous is the fact that he was raised by a single mom, with some help from his grandparents. Truth: After Obama's father left when he was 2 years old, his mother took him to Indonesia where she married again. Obama lived with her and his stepfather until he was 10 years old. He then went to live with his grandparents in Hawaii, where he stayed until he graduated from high school and entered college. Error Number Two: It has been said that Obama worked his way through college. Truth: This was refuted last week when it was learned that he only had one or two menial jobs during this time.
    I'm always grateful when others point out errors about the two candidates, Obama and McCain.

    July 23, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. Lisa

    Same empty promises!!!

    July 23, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. SaveTheDramaFoObamasMama

    Obammy is a pandering fool.


    McCain 08

    July 23, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. ellen

    Obama, Obama, Obama. So sick of only hearing about Obama!

    July 23, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. Hispanic For McCain

    I been saying all along that OBAMA is not for the Latinos Community. He had to correct thye first Ad with a second poor OBAMA. Latinos open your eyes and ears i been saying we latinos can smell a RAT Miles away. Don't trust obama at least we know that John McCain is a true patriotic American Hero. Obama has never done anything for the Latinos Community. The only thing is has done was be a Community Organizer that it!! Nothing for the Latinos NADA. El no es para los Hispanos Nunca hecho nada para los Latinos!!! eso es la verdad. Por los menos John McCain hizo mucho para los Latinos!!! y el si es para los latinos!!! obama es un RATON!!!!!!

    Vote for John McCain 08 Hispanic for McCain!!!

    July 23, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    November can't get here soon enough!!

    July 23, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. Shari, NY

    The Latino population is growing steadfastly and each eligible vote will make a difference. According to several reports, circa 2050, 29% of the population will be Hispanic. T

    Those who advocate learning Spanish or another foreign language are absolutely right. The face of the nation is changing and the necessity for interaction with a multi-lingual world goes without saying.

    On the local level, a very recent press release from NYC's Mayor Bloomberg's office states the following: "Language Access Executive Order Requires City Agencies to Improve Customer Service by Providing Translation and Interpretation Services for All New Yorkers.
    Agencies to Provide Services in Top Six Languages Spoken in New York including Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Korean, Italian, and French Creole".


    July 23, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Speaking of fathers, why is it John McCain points to his mom as evidence of his longevity, but we never hear anything about his father?

    July 23, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. Veronica from nj

    latinos for Obama!!!!

    July 23, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. ali

    puma is un-american

    July 23, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. LatinosforMcCain

    what ever !! Cali Latinos for McCain !!!

    July 23, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. Tim

    Doesn't John McCain's actions remind you of the Mr Magoo chracter? Yes, John Magoo hasn't a clue!!! LOL!!!!

    July 23, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. Tjstelten

    It seems that every race has a voice and as a plain old white person ,I'm feeling really left out because I don't have any ethnic wounds....Poor me.....can't complain !!!!!

    July 23, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  16. JimC

    Why do we have people in this country who can not read, write, or speak English, yet they can vote?

    July 23, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. Vig

    I hear the sound of pandering footsteps – they are getting louder and louder – DUMP OBAMA – Write-In Hillary Clinton as President

    July 23, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. Yeah right!

    Heart transplant for 50 million illegals and free housing stamp food free gas free child care free maternity and make sure all illegals women making a lots babies and hard working americans pay all so...just vote HIM a man from south side chicago.

    why liberal soft with the rapes and criminals

    July 23, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. thomas

    Beautiful gardens grow from huimble seeds.

    July 23, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. Fromer HRC supporter

    Why is this guy campaigning in europe?

    McCain 08!

    July 23, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. Materry

    Barack the Vote!

    July 23, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  22. Mike - Texas

    I guess that I'll have to learn spanish in order to know what it says.

    July 23, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. William, from Cali!

    Please, stop the "pandering", for Latino votes; they will vote for the democRAT.I promise you that! Use that ad money, for something else...............................Its," in the bank"!

    July 23, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. ConservaNerd

    Obama es numero uno! Smart political move for the Obama campaign.

    July 23, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  25. jake, San Francisco, CA

    It interests me how Americans find fault with change when we live in a society that's constantly changing, at head of most other societies.
    If they felt the add didn't hit the most relevant points and corrected it, why should that be an issue? How many of you out there don't say things and change your mind later when conditions change.

    How many of you haven't said I love you to someone and then later said, it's time to move on when things didn't go well?

    Why do you keep criticising the politicians when the change or modify things that they said before? I am particularly referring to the recent bashing of Obama that he's now shifting from his 16month Iraq timetable...if situations don't allow for what he had planned earlier and he's willing to accommondate for it, why should that be perceived negatively?

    July 23, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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