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People listen as Democratic presidential nominee U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) speaks during a campaign event at the University of New Mexico on Oct. 25, 2008 in Albuquerque. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

By Robert Barnes
ALBUQUERQUE -- Barack Obama told a throng of supporters at the University of New Mexico Saturday night that Latino voters could make the difference not only in key Western states but "all across the country."

As he traveled this weekend to Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado, Obama sharpened his appeal to Hispanic voters, who are influential in all three states.

"You hold this election in your hands. Latino community -- you hold this election in your hands," Obama said at a rally of more than 35,000 on campus here. "You can be the swing vote all across the country."

Hispanic voters in the Western states are largely of Mexican and Spanish settler descent and tend to support Democrats. But President Bush won 44 percent of Hispanic voters in New Mexico in 2004, which helped him to a narrow 6,000-vote victory after Al Gore carried the state for Democrats in 2000.

An Albuquerque Journal poll last week showed John McCain winning only 17 percent of the Hispanic vote.

Obama spoke a few words of Spanish to the crowd, and had comedy star George Lopez as his warm-up act here. Obama promised to do more for education, an important issue in the Latino community and across the state, which has a high high-school dropout rate.

"I'm tired of seeing overflowing classes and underfunded schools where Hispanic students are dropping out faster than anyone else," Obama said. "I'm tired of seeing the young people who've got the skills to go to college but just don't have the money. We can do better here in New Mexico. We can do better all across the country."

Obama also said McCain, who risked his party's nomination when he partnered with Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) to sponsor an unsuccessful immigration reform plan, could not be trusted on the issue.

McCain has said he still supports immigration reform, but that it is now clear such reform won't become law until the nation's borders are secure, and that he won't reintroduce the measure until then.

"Senator McCain used to buck his party by fighting for immigration reform, and I admired him for it. But when he was running for his party's nomination, he changed his tune," said Obama. "When it was time to write his party's platform, comprehensive immigration reform never made it in.

"So you've gotta ask yourself, if Senator McCain won't stand up to the opponents of reform at his own convention, how's he gonna stand up for it when he's president of the United States?"

By Web Politics Editor  |  October 26, 2008; 11:18 AM ET
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See McCains latest personal attack on Obama http://www.theobamaplan.com

Posted by: pastor123 | October 27, 2008 1:51 AM | Report abuse

Both Jack Welch and I are supporting John McCain and we feel the most important articles in the NY Times today were the lead article on Increasing Corporate Layoffs in the United States and the follow up article on the Job Disaster in Rhode Island. Rhode Island is suffering with 8.8% unemployment and, not coincidentally, is the state ranked 50th for business tax treatment by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation. Neighboring Massachusetts is ranked 34th, with 6.1% unemployment. Two states with no state corporate tax, South Dakota and Wyoming , have 2.8 and 3.0% unemployment. The conclusion of the NYT article is that State officials in RI are rethinking and planning to alter their business tax policy. Do you think this article has implications in the coming election? Jack and I do!
Jack said so on This Week with George Stephanopoulos this morning. He said that he moved GE out of RI because of their state corporate taxes! Do you think we should increase or decrease corporate taxes in the current recession (hint-Herbert Hoover increased them)?

A job is worth more than $900...true?...yet THAT is the difference between Obama's proposed $1200 tax break to the middle class and McCain's $300 tax break to the middle class. Cutting business taxes makes our country more attractive to large business, which can move anywhere, AND more conducive to small business hiring...a win-win...I'm sure those in Rhode Island would gladly take $900 less in direct tax cuts for a job!

Posted by: thecannula | October 26, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

What is heartening in this campaign is the voters are smart enough to see through McCain/Palin and the character assassination empty campaign strategy. I like how the early voters in florida and some of the other states came out enmass. The message is going to be loud and clear and hopefully this will end up to be a landslide.

Posted by: pheasantfriend | October 26, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

We had both McCain and Obama in Albuquerque on Sunday. McCain's crowd was estimated at 1,000-1,500 people. A few hours later, 35,000 people filled the Obama venue and another 10,000-15,000 were in the surrounding spillover area. Is this incredible disparity happening everywhere? Either way, isn't this a HUGE story?

Posted by: dacustody | October 26, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and I believe I can toss in Michigan as well;

Would be Red States now, if McClown had chosen WISELY.

Hmmm(McCain's Brain), should I get a Cheerleader, or and Economics and Business Genius/Executive for Veep?
Cleavage to be next to while letting her look at MY Reports(Copies for Her?-See: "Cleavage"-Hee hee),

Or;

A dominating and brilliant tall,sharp-looking, stage stealing, competent Veep?

Hmmm, fortunately for Me(McCain), THAT's a NO-BRAINER!

McCain's Brain-Needs NO Drugs! It is already Fried!

We could have had a Mitt Romney!

We STILL COULD! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 26, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

The fact is that when latinos finally understand how Republicans and US big business systematically pillaged latin america (see bush, lindner, banana republics, etc) then they will vote democrat 90% of the time.

Latinos will be a big part of the new moral, progressive enduring democracy that will pave the way for - and demand - peace, prosperity, health care, education, energy independence and environmental stewardship.

When you Republicans go to the wilderness and try to find a real soul among the lot of you, do a few skits where you co-opt the democratic platform. By method acting that way you people may, just may, find some heart and some soul.

Posted by: jrob822 | October 26, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

The fact is that when latinos finally understand how Republicans and US big business systematically pillaged latin america (see bush, lindner, banana republics, etc) then they will vote democrat 90% of the time.

Latinos will be a big part of the new moral, progressive enduring democracy that will pave the way for - and demand - peace, prosperity, health care, education, energy independence and environmental stewardship.

When you Republicans go to the wilderness and try to find a real soul among the lot of you, do a few skits where you co-opt the democratic platform. By method acting that way you people may, just may, find some heart and some soul.

Posted by: jrob822 | October 26, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Hispanic voters will help Obama watch funny videos http://www.frizle.com

Posted by: roverfind | October 26, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Hispanic voters will help Obama watch funny videos http://www.frizle.com

Posted by: roverfind | October 26, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Here's a shocking statement Obama made a couple months back in New Mexico:

http://24ahead.com/blog/archives/007920.html

He might have said something similar this time, but the WaPo - a virtual arm of the Obama campaign - would never report on it.

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | October 26, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Leading in Job Losses, Rhode Island Struggles On
NY Times
By PAM BELLUCK
Published: October 25, 2008
JOHNSTON, R.I. — The family resemblance shared by John Hallam, his brother Arthur, and their cousin Dennis goes far beyond their ruddy features these days.
Dianne Ford says she has had no luck finding work.
All three were laid off this year from jobs they had held for more than a decade, with John losing two jobs in just the last nine months. Dennis’s 29-year-old daughter, Mary, a single mother of two, is out of work too, having lost her job at a restaurant when summer ended.

“What the hell’s going to happen to us?” asked John, 58, who drove a truck for a lumber company. “There are no good jobs here anymore.”

Or enough jobs of any kind. Rhode Island now has the highest unemployment rate in the nation, the first time the state has held that distinction in the three decades since such records have been kept.

With unemployment at 8.8 percent, Rhode Island has edged past Michigan, and every month seems to bring fresh reports of companies cutting workers, shutting divisions, closing altogether.
Saul Kaplan, executive director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, a quasi-state agency, said the situation “could likely get worse before it gets better,” adding, “ironically, we were the home of the Industrial Revolution.”

There are several reasons Rhode Island has fared so poorly in the economic crisis gripping the country.

Rhode Island also has few big companies — more than 80 percent of businesses employ fewer than 20 employees — and small employers have less reserves to withstand economic turmoil, Ms. Powell said.

Mr. Kaplan said that as the industrial jobs moved out of the state, it had become too dependent on lower wage service jobs like retail and hospitality, which he said were “very vulnerable to economic downturns.”

Many economic analysts and state officials say Rhode Island has long had a high tax burden for businesses, discouraging them from moving here. (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)...

Working to remedy the situation, Governor Carcieri has formed a tax policy committee to recommend changes. Mr. Kaplan said state and economic leaders were “moving full steam ahead to create a new economy here” to “come out of this downturn stronger than the way we went in it.”
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SO, AS RI RECOGNIZES THE PROBLEMS HIGH CORPORATE TAXES CREATE, ARE THE OTHER 49 STATES ABOUT TO FIND OUT THAT RAISING SMALL AND LARGE BUSINESS TAXES IN A RECESSION IS THE FORMULA FOR A DEPRESSION?

Avoid this economic disaster and Vote for Jobs- Vote McCain

A job is more valuable than the 900 dollar difference between Obama's $1200 and McCain's $300 middle class tax cut !

Posted by: thecannula | October 26, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: hclark1 | October 26, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Bidding process for Palin's pipeline was flawed

She is just another corrupt politician.

McCain/Palin has become PALIN/TheOldGuy

Click here for CNN's PALIN OUT OF CONTROL in McCain Campaign!

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 26, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

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