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. Terri

    Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama ObamObama a Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama Obama

    Go Obama we love and need you as our POTUS

    July 23, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. Independent-woman-4-Obama

    TO ALL WHO ARE UPSET THAT THE AD IS IN SPANISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ALL CANDIDATES .....BOTH REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT......... DO A SPANISH SPEAKING AD!

    DON'T YOU REMEMBER BUSH ATTEMPTING TO SPEAK IN SPANISH DURING THE 2004 ELECTIONS??????????????????????????

    GIVE IGNORANCE A REST WILL YOU?!

    July 23, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. TEXAN

    Latinos are not familiar with Obama. They are familiar with the Clintons. He needs to get out and campaign long and hard in the "barrios" as Hillary did. Once they get to know him and see that he is sincere and caring of their struggles, they will warm up and support him. LATINOS UNITE AND VOTE DEMOCRATIC !!!!!!!!!

    July 23, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    "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."

    not quite sure where people get "ELITIST" from THAT story. but my heart goes out for them for how truly horrible their lives must be if obama's story is ELITIST to them. YIKES!

    it's just another example of stupid americans who believe whatever rush and FOX tell them, without doing any thinking of their own!!

    anyone who relies on FOX "news" and all of the other repug media SHILLS for their information should lose their right to vote!

    July 23, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. RJ from NJ

    Ah... bi-lingual pandering.
    Just what we need in the White House.
    Heard enough, America?

    NO-Bama EVER!!

    July 23, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. New Voter for McCain

    Pander, lie, pander lie, we see your m.o. now Nobama. You cannot fool all the people all the time. Too bad for you.
    McCain 08

    July 23, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. virgilio

    sabes que? no me gusto obama porque el es un mentiroso.
    my parents taught me to accept all people regardless of the color of their skin. martin luther king jr. said he he wanted his children to be judged by their character rather than the color of their skin.
    obama attends a racist church for 20 years...and all of the sudden asks for votes from all races? i don't think so!
    it amazes me how little people know about obama. have you listened to him try to answer questions? (UH, DUH, UMM, DUH, UH)... he is not the brightest crayon in the box and his ignorance will eventually catch up with him. if he ever agrees to attend town hall meetings the american public will finally get an idea of just how challenged this man is.

    July 23, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  8. cityboy

    Hmm…The same people who want to create doubt by placing emphasis on Obama's middle refuse to extend hospitality to Latinos… even those names "Jesus".

    July 23, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  9. Scott L

    What are they hiding???

    July 23, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  10. Amy

    no achievement, no record, thin resume. The only thing left is himself - his family, his daughters, his great uncles, his parents, his grandparents. What else haven't we heard?

    Obama is confused with the fact that electing a president is to serve the country not to make him a symbol for admiration. His ego is to explode soon,and the MSM bias is to backfire!

    Annoy media, no obama

    July 23, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. cityboy

    Correction:
    Hmm…The same people who want to create doubt by placing emphasis on Obama's middle name refuse to extend hospitality to Latinos… even those names "Jesus".

    July 23, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. No Bam Bam

    Must be pandering to the 57th state.

    Our Latino friends are way to smart to vote for this man!

    McCain/Santana/08

    July 23, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. Ricky - Hispanic/Educated and voting for Obama

    Im Hispanic and I'm voting for Obama. My whole family is actually.

    Michigan Hispanics for Obama '08!

    July 23, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  14. aware

    Joke or more obfuscation?

    “Obama never forgot his roots” he just left his, missing in action, Kenyan, Muslim father on the cutting room floor in "take two."

    Give it up, and grow up Obama. You are wasting your many advantages with your arrogance and egomania! 🙁

    Pandering will not cut it! Americans are smarter than you think!

    McCain 08! 🙂

    July 23, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. Peter (CA)

    If Latinos believe that McCain will support them because he lives in Arizona, they will be sadly mistaken.

    Whatever pro-Latino sentiment McCain held has been swept away as he has tried to move to the right to appease Rush, Hannity, and Ann Coulter.

    And, if he wins, don't expect anything from the Republicans until 6 months before the next election.

    July 23, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  16. Nora

    Looks like many of you have not read Mc Bush`s economy plan – or you are wealthy and healthy ! Good luck .

    July 23, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. Vamos McCain

    Latinos are a proud people but we dont like arrogance...

    Viva McCain

    July 23, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  18. PUMA 4 HILL

    Can't stop gagging....
    Americans, for the most part, just don't see it. This puppet has been used for the liberal leftists agenda. He's simply not qualified.

    GAAGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG Never Obama.

    July 23, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. Veronica from nj

    Freida...im an american citizen..born in Uruguay and my whole family and all my friends are voting for Obama...AND SO AM I!!!

    OBAMA 08 BABY!!

    July 23, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  20. Lisa

    I received an email from Hillary yesterday and she's still fighting for women's rights.

    July 23, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  21. acr, Lugano CH

    Marie in California
    Was for Hillary, now for McCain!
    PUMA
    ***********************************
    Pumarie:
    You are fortunate to live in a country where you are free to express your opposition when your candidate still loses in spite of her strategy of tempering self-pity with self-entitlement. In some places in this world, you would lose your hands to a machete for voicing such opposition. Did you happen to read the CNN article detailing the brutal abuse endured by Bosnian women under Radovan Karadzic?

    There are many people in this world who would love to live the life of a vile, bitter Hillary Supporter in the United States of America.

    July 23, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  22. Veronica from nj

    "Latinos para mccain"...speak for yourself ...smart latinos are for Obama...

    OBAMA ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE!

    July 23, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  23. Karen

    Ricky – Hispanic/Educated and voting for Obama July 23rd, 2008 12:47 pm ET

    So, you "immigrated" to Michigan from Puerto Rico? You mean you "moved" right? Puerto Rico is a commonwealth - are you really from PR?

    July 23, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  24. Debby, NJ

    Why is it that all the so called Pumas, Conservative and Repubs insist that OBAMA will not do for the Latino's?
    If you all will do some research you may learn that Mcshame has done nothing for them...check out his home state record.
    DO SOME RESEARCH YOU DO HAVE A COMPUTER...MORONS !!!
    **
    BARACK THE VOTE !!!

    July 23, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. rachel

    He always has to reclarify himself not surprising he needs a re-release a radio address.

    July 23, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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