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New McCain Ad Cites Service of Latino Military Veterans

Updated 10:03 a.m.
By Ed O'Keefe
John McCain's newest ad attempts to humanize the nation's immigration debate by citing the military service and sacrifice of Latino veterans. It's a reminder to viewers that McCain once led the nation's immigration reform drive -- an effort that died in Congress but proved popular with Latinos.

"God's Children" is a 60-second message that uses clips from an answer McCain gave to a question about immigration during a June 5, 2007 CNN debate.

"I want you the next time you're in Washington, D.C., and go to the Vietnam War Memorial. Look at the names engraved on black granite. You'll find a whole lot of Hispanic names," McCain says. "When you go to Iraq or Afghanistan today, you're going to see a whole lot of people who are of Hispanic background. You're even going to meet some of the few thousand that are still green card holders who are not even citizens of this country, who love this country so much that they're willing to risk their lives in its service in order to accelerate their path to citizenship and enjoy the bountiful blessed nation."

Latino immigrants were among the earliest casualties of the Iraq war when it was launched in 2003. Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez, who immigrated illegally from Guatemala at age 14, was the first service member killed in Iraq. Cpl. Jose A. Garibay and Pfc. Francisco A. Martinez Flores were born in Mexico. They and others were posthumously granted U.S. citizenship.

"Let's, from time to time, remember that these are God's children. They must come into our country legally, but they have enriched our culture and our nation as every generation of immigrants before them," McCain concludes.

The ad will air in Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico.

Posted at 9:49 AM ET on Jul 11, 2008  | Category:  Channel 08
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Again, it was the common foreigner and tradesman of many cultures that made America what it is today. It was all these simple people that fought and died for our great society. They are the staple of any country. Language or one culture being sold as the saviors of America is slanderous for any politician to use in an election. Shame

Posted by: justadad55+ | July 13, 2008 5:50 AM

check out mccain's fund raising numbers:

http://thevote.abc13.com/2008/07/a-very-green-um.html

Posted by: tomabrahams | July 11, 2008 2:24 PM

Would you actually bet on that without big odds?

+++++++++
Obama is done. Stick a fork in him.

Posted by: Jack | July 11, 2008 11:00 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 11, 2008 2:18 PM

If you want to be at war with Iran in 10 months and $12.00 a gallon gas, vote Mccain

+++++++++
McCain should think about things other than War.

Posted by: | July 11, 2008 1:19 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 11, 2008 2:17 PM

McCain should think about things other than War.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 11, 2008 1:19 PM

Beware of web page links in this comment section.

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Posted by: Anonymous | July 11, 2008 1:03 PM

You are SO RIGHT Jake. But although his butt is nice, do you remember that picture of him in a bathing suit? Premier, Peter, and I were playing "poker" the other night, and one of those naughty boys put that in the pot as a bet. Long story short, we forgot about the game and sat around, uh, appreciating his abs...

Posted by: Jack | July 11, 2008 12:56 PM

As an inveterate fashion snob, I was discussing Obama's wardrobe choices with the girls at my salon, and we all agreed that his slacks, the dark pleated ones that make his but look so yummy? Those slacks are a reason I could support Obama for president - or in any other way he needed support, hee hee! - despite my Republican leanings. But I'm just an old queen - what do all you luscious young people think?

Posted by: JakeD | July 11, 2008 12:52 PM

Mccain and his advisory just lost my vote. The truth is Mccain isn't interested in solving our economic crisis so he panders for votes with ads like this. Unfortuantely, he doesn't know that Latinos aren't as stupid as he thinks they are. He will not get a second chance to throw Latino's under the bus. I'm for Obama all the way. Mccain needs to have a ad explaining all of his flip flops. Obama will be the next president of the United States Of America. Obama 08

Posted by: Ruben Lopez | July 11, 2008 12:47 PM

This ad doesn't change that Mccain threw Latino's under the bus when he said he wouldn't vote for his own immigration bill.

Posted by: Lourdes | July 11, 2008 12:40 PM

Please, WaPo, someone ask McCain about this: http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/07/in-pennsylvania.html

He's in Wisconsin today, and my guess is they won't be too happy about it. It's going to be "Lambert Field" all over again.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | July 11, 2008 12:39 PM

Mccain would never get my vote regardless what kind of ad he airs to get Latino's to voter for him. Mccain cant be trusted and he has flip flop on 47 different issues. Obama 08

Posted by: Rosa L. | July 11, 2008 12:30 PM

Mccain is clearly pandering to Latino voters. I don't think an ad would when Latino voters to Mccain after throwing them under the bus during the primaries to please the far right. Mccain is a loser and Latino's know it. No Mcsame....

Posted by: Maria | July 11, 2008 12:29 PM

IF ALL IT TAKES IS AN AD TO WIN VOTES. GOD BLESS US ALL. MCCAIN HAD IT RIGHT DURING THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARIES WHEN HE SAID HE WOULD VOTE AGAINST HIS OWN IMMIGRATION BILL. NOW THAT HE WON THE NOMINATION HE TALKING IMMIGRATION REFORM BUT FIRST SECURE THE BORDER. ITS CLEAR THAT MCCAIN NEEDS THE LATINO VOTE AND HES TRYING TO PLAY BOTH SIDES. KEEP THE RIGHT HAPPY WITH SECURE THE BORDER FIRST AND AS HE THINKS KEEP THE LATINO'S HAPPY WITH IMMIGRATION REFORM. I THINK MCCAIN IS JUST PANDERING AND HE DOESN'T DESERVE ANYBODY VOTE ESPECIALLY WHEN HE ADMITTED HE LIED TO BE AMBITIOUS. WHAT ELSE GAS HE LIED ABOUT TO BE AMBITIOUS?

JUDGE FOR YOURSELF:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=u-R5Vh5tOWk

http://youtube.com/watch?v=u-R5Vh5tOWk

Posted by: GARY | July 11, 2008 12:26 PM

Every time I hear John McCain invoke the Vietnam War, I want to gag. Look, you were a heroic POW, we get it, okay? Now let's talk about the future.

Posted by: jbentley4 | July 11, 2008 12:21 PM

Fantastic!

Posted by: Peter | July 11, 2008 12:19 PM

Yes you did it right. Great!! I LOVE this.

Posted by: Premier | July 11, 2008 11:51 AM

Obama is done. Stick a fork in him.

Posted by: Jack | July 11, 2008 11:00 AM

The anti-immigrant Right won't be happy with this...

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt | July 11, 2008 10:10 AM

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