July 23rd, 2008
11:37 AM ET
15 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. Deena, Alta Mira

    Thanks for the fiction Kris!

    Kris from AZ July 23rd, 2008 12:41 pm ET

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

    July 23, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. Hispanic For McCain

    I have been saying it the Latinos can smell a RAT miles aways and that is OBAMA. He is NOT for the Latinos he will destroy this country!!!
    Puertorican, Mexican, Cuban, Colombian, Dominican and the rest of the Latinos let unite and get John McCain elected for President!!!
    Latinos open your eyes and vote for McCain.

    Latinos for McCain!

    July 23, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. Jon, Pittsburgh, PA

    No mention of private schooling in Hawaii ? More of the same BS.

    July 23, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. Hispanic For McCain

    Latinos for Obama July 23rd, 2008 12:43 pm ET

    Senor Obama el apoyo del mundo Latino esta contigo!

    Latinos for OBAMA tu esta loco!! de verdad you must be a Liberal Moron.

    Senor McCain el apoyo del mundo Latino esta contigo!!! para McCain

    Hispanic for McCain!!

    July 23, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. Hispanic For McCain

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

    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.

    Listen Ricky you must be smoking weed Obama is not for this country!!! and my Puertorican people are to smart!! we can smell a RATON (RAT)

    McCain 2008

    July 23, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. NotFallingInLine.org

    Bilingual Barry, speaks one language BEFORE sleazing off with a nomination that he did not earn and does not deserve and then starts speaking another language AFTER he sleazed off with a nomination that he did not earn and does not deserve.

    If we enable this clown any further, then we'll have only ourselves to blame.


    July 23, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |

    Only those Latinos who think that FIDEL CASTRO AND HUGO CHAVEZ are good for the world can vote for this looser!


    July 23, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. Hispanic For McCain

    Rick FL July 23rd, 2008 12:49 pm ET

    Si se puede!
    Vamonos '08 con Obama.

    Again no se puede!!! Latinos open your eyes we can smell a RATON (RAT) and vote for McCain!!

    Latinos for McCain

    July 23, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. Hispanic For McCain

    Veronica from nj July 23rd, 2008 1:37 pm ET

    latinos for Obama!!!!

    Veronica from nj TU ESTA LOCA OBAMA no es para los Latinos

    Latinos can smell a RATON (RAT) in OBAMA

    Hispanic for McCain!!!

    July 23, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. Lindsay

    I find it incredibly hard to believe this is the first time ever that any presidential candidate put out a Spanish-language television ad.

    Is putting out English television ads pandering to English-speakers?

    July 23, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. Hispanic For McCain

    Debby, NJ July 23rd, 2008 3:32 pm ET

    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.

    Debby, NJ you must be on DOPE McCain has done more for Latinos than Obama so do your research about Latinos People. By the Way McCain won 75% of the Latinos votes in Arizona!!! so you must be smoking weed!!!

    Latinos for McCain!!!

    July 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |

    Latinos would be crazy to vote for MCCAIN. Agreed Obama has not done anything for latinos but neither has MCCAIN. Obama is still the less of two evils.

    OBAMA 08

    July 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. Fay tx

    Lisa Same empty promises!!! ........Lisa I put your name on the prayer LIST!!!!

    PUMA ........KMBA !!!

    Obama 08

    July 23, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  14. Tammy - KCMO

    Francisco in NY July 23rd, 2008 12:44 pm ET

    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 !!!

    Wakeup yourself! If this is was true, then I guess McCain's priority will be to continue to support the interests of the rich just like the Bush administration. So where does that put you???

    July 23, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. Matthew

    Pandering to the illegals.


    July 23, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. adm

    You guys are showing your true colors.

    July 23, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. PalmettoPatriot

    Americans against the Mexican invasion should oppose BOTH of these utterly worthless traitors seeking office. Both want the borders wide open and to replace Americans with Mexicans.

    July 23, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. NewAmericancitizen

    I am an immigrant and will vote for Obama because mcsame and republicans are scary, anti-immigrant and think that everybody who has an accent is here illegally. Not surprisingly, majority of immigrants and first time American voters like myself will vote for Obama, – a candidate we can indentify with, and who was not brought up on a silver spoon laced with beer..

    July 23, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. ber6964

    People should recognize that Obama's campaign is being respectful to Latino's by speaking to them in their own language. This is not pandering it is called Communication. Puma and other Clinton supporters are Idiots...

    July 23, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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