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Early Look at Obama Speaking Spanish in New Ad

By Ed O'Keefe
Someone has leaked an early version of a new Barack Obama campaign commercial during which the senator speaks only in Spanish, in an appeal to the nation's Latino voters. The above version is not the final version that was set for release on Monday and campaign sources say they are trying to figure out who leaked it ahead of time.

"We have a dream that if you work hard, your family can prosper," Obama says in the ad. "That if you get sick, you'll have health insurance. That our children can get a good education. If you're rich or poor, this is the American dream. I'm asking for your vote, not just for me and the Democrats, but also in order to continue that American dream, for you and your children."

The final version of the ad will contain the same message but is expected to include some "smoother editing" according to the campaign source, who said the campaign is "really really upset" that someone released the ad early to news organizations, especially since "We run a very tight ship."

The campaign hoped to make a big deal about the fact that this is the second time Obama has delivered a Spanish-only message in a TV ad and that he's the only presidential candidate to ever do so. Back in May ahead of the Puerto Rico primary, Obama delivered a Spanish-only message to voters in Puerto Rico ahead of the island's primary, telling them that "Naci en una isla," or, "I was born on an island."

The final version of the ad is expected to air in Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and New Mexico, where all of Obama's Spanish TV ads have aired before, but the campaign source said it will also air in other states where the campaign's Spanish ads have never before aired.

Posted at 11:26 AM ET on Oct 24, 2008  | Category:  Channel 08
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El Presidente !

Posted by: kentaylor1 | October 27, 2008 3:55 PM

The video is a good move, Obama, and good message too, for what's good for only a few is not truly good.

Posted by: ElMugroso | October 26, 2008 1:39 AM

From- Investment News- the leading news source for investment advisors

Congress mulls major 401(k) changes
By Sara Hansard
October 7, 2008, 5:18 PM EST Post a Comment Recommend (252)

A wide range of sweeping changes to the 401(k) system were proposed Tuesday at a hearing on how the market crisis has devastated retirement savings plans.
Chief among them was eliminating $80 billion in tax savings for people enrolled in 401(k) retirement savings plans.

This was suggested by the chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor.

“With respect to the 401(k), it appears to be a plan that is not really well-devised for the changes in the market,” Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., said.

“We’ve invested $80 billion into subsidizing this activity,” he said, referring to tax breaks allowed for 401(k) contributions and savings.

With savings rates going down, “what do we have to start to think about in Congress of whether or not we want to continue and invest that $80 billion for a policy that is not generating what we … say it should?” Mr. Miller said.

Congress should let workers trade their 401(k) assets for guaranteed retirement accounts made up of government bonds, suggested Teresa Ghilarducci, an economics professor at The New School for Social Research in New York.

When workers collected Social Security, the guaranteed retirement account would pay an inflation-adjusted annuity under her plan.

“The way the government now encourages 401(k) plans is to spend $80 billion in tax breaks,” which goes to the highest-income earners, Ms. Ghilarducci said.

That simply results in transferring money from taxed savings accounts to untaxed accounts, she said.

“If we implement automatic [individual retirement accounts] or if we expand the 401(k) system, all we’re doing is adding to this inefficiency,” Ms. Ghilarducci said.

Rep. Robert Andrews, D-N.J., raised the issue of which investment advisers are allowed to offer workers investment advice.

The Department of Labor is considering “loopholes” that would allow advisers to offer “conflicted investment advice if the advisers work for subsidiaries of financial services companies that sell the investments,” he said.

With American workers facing $2 trillion in losses from retirement plans over the past year and Democrats expected to gain seats in the House and the Senate, actions being contemplated by the committee are an important harbinger of what could come out of Congress next year.

(Wonder if a Democratic Congress and White House could get this done? Can't do much about the former, But Can about the latter. Same plan was pushed through in Argentina!)

Posted by: thecannula | October 24, 2008 5:29 PM

Yea and if we just ignore all those voters that say in the polls that they will vote for Obama, and just take a poll from voters who support McCain, McCain is ahead by double digits.
Seriously people, the only poll that matters is on November 4th. The race is going to tighten. Regardless of whether a poll shows Obama up by 10 or 2, he is still up. Generally, in the end, that means he si likely to win if even by a small margin.

Posted by: Danny_20852 | October 24, 2008 4:36 PM

Lonewacko (the name says it all)
Newsflash: foreign citizens can already attend colleges.
Please explain to me, how the bill is:
1) Anti American
2) takes college "educations" from U.S. citizens. (did one of those foreigners take away your college "educations"?

Posted by: Danny_20852 | October 24, 2008 4:31 PM today-

If we drop out the Zogby survey--polling that has been erratic and out of sync with most other organizations--Obama's lead drops to 4.2%, 48.8% to 44.6%. Odder still, are the results of the IBD/TIPP daily tracking poll (worthy of notice, because TIPP was the most accurate pollster in 2004, predicting the outcome within a fraction of a percentage point): they show the race virtually dead even nationally. IBD/TIPP writes: "McCain has cut into Obama's lead for a second day and is now just 1.1 points behind. The spread was 3.7 Wednesday and 6.0 Tuesday. The Republican is making headway with middle- and working- class voters, and has surged 10 points in two days among those earning between $30,000 and $75,000. He has also gone from an 11-point deficit to a 9-point lead among Catholics."

Throw some more of The Palestinian's and Nadhmi Auchi's donations(Rezko's loan officer) at the Catholics Obama!!!

Posted by: thecannula | October 24, 2008 4:31 PM

I don't expect Ed O'Keefe to actually look into or fairly report things, but when BHO says "dream" followed by a discussion of education, I assume he's attempting to hint at his support for an explicitly anti-American bill that would allow foreign citizens to take college educations from U.S. citizens:

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | October 24, 2008 3:34 PM

Esperaba que Obama consigo elegido. El es un buen hombre y sera un gran presidente. !!!!!Viva Obama!!!!!

Posted by: el_osoto | October 24, 2008 2:33 PM

New Video of Rep. Bachmann claiming that Muslims are ruining France:

Posted by: Snakeheader | October 24, 2008 1:54 PM

Very impressive.

Posted by: chrisduckworth | October 24, 2008 1:43 PM

Amazing how versatile the man is, he speaks Spanish very well.


Posted by: kentaylor1 | October 24, 2008 1:01 PM

Yes, Obama did a Spanish ad for PR primary - and lost by huge margins. I guess some of us Spanish speakers can see through the language pandering. Obama is not a good choice for Hispanic - most of us in the middle class got there by owning our own small business.

Posted by: etsuarez | October 24, 2008 12:52 PM

I'm actually pretty impressed. Most people who aren't fluent in Spanish have a tough time sounding natural, but that wasn't too bad. Granted, they probably practiced it a ton. But all the same.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | October 24, 2008 12:50 PM

It is not just the Spanish speaking people The election will be watched by the world. Much like the first moon landing, this will be a day when the earth stands still. ..............

Posted by: glclark4750 | October 24, 2008 12:15 PM

Si Dios quiere, el seria "Presidente Obama." Que chevere

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