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Clinton Uses 'Latino Time' in Texas Ad

We picked up on a small, but noteworthy difference in some English and Spanish-language ads Hillary Clinton is airing in Texas.

As you can see in the screengrabs below, the Clinton campaign urges Spanish-speaking voters to arrive at caucus sites at 6:30 p.m., while the English-language ad urges voters to arrive by 6:45 p.m.:


Screengrab of a Hillary Clinton Spanish-language TV ad (YouTube)


Screengrab of a Hillary Clinton English-language TV ad (YouTube)

Why did the campaign do this?

It seems pretty obvious: Ask most Latinos, and they'll acknowledge that they are often late arrivals for all sorts of events. The trend is jokingly referred to by some as "Latino Time" or "Mexican Standard Time."

"I'm Latino, and if I were inviting my Latino friends for a party, I'd probably tell them to come over half an hour before I actually wanted them to show up," said Luis Clemens, editor of Candidato USA, a must-read for folks interested in political outreach to Latino voters. "The Clinton campaign really wants to make sure that people vote not only in the primary, but also in the caucuses. In order to make sure they participate in the second step of the Texas two-step, they clearly have told people to show up early in the hopes that they'll actually show up on time."

The Clinton campaign would not comment directly on the ad, but noted excitement among Texas Latinos ahead of Tuesday's vote.

"I don't foresee any troubles getting people there on time," Clinton National Hispanic media spokesman Angel Urena said. "It's been a really long time since Texas has counted. People are just engaged, educated, excited."

An English-language explainer on the Texas section of HillaryClinton.com also urges voters to show up at 6:30 p.m.

Watch the entire Spanish and English-language ads below:

Dos Veces:

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-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  March 3, 2008; 5:46 PM ET Hillary Rodham Clinton
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Nice catch. Headline should read, "Clinton doesn't trust Latinos to get there on time!"

Posted by: thebob.bob | March 3, 2008 6:39 PM

I don't even know why this is a story. The media focuses on non-issues way too much. As a Latino, I think it is really funny what the Clinton campaign has done. Just for that I am going to vote for Hillary in Texas!

Posted by: Jose Santiago | March 3, 2008 7:10 PM

Latinos still have not learned, the moment she is done with you, she would dump you like a piece of trash. Watch how she did to her former campaign manager.

Posted by: silverspring | March 3, 2008 7:42 PM

uh.....doesn't this sound suspiciously like "colored people time", a negative stereotype? I am white and I find this offensive.

Posted by: yellowdog | March 3, 2008 7:46 PM

I think that what Hillary is done is great! Shows that they are culturally aware of their target audience and have responded accordingly.

Much better than have Latino voters arrive late and possibly not be able to get into the caucus due to being late.

Even Latino folks do this in order to make sure that their guests get there on time. So, Obama supporters, don't say that Hillary is demeaning the Latino folks.

Posted by: David 2007 | March 3, 2008 7:49 PM

After weeks of following the Democratic campaign, I'm still shocked by the crude comments on internet message boards by Obama supporters. These are supposed to be the well-educated Democrats?

Posted by: ichief | March 3, 2008 7:54 PM

be quiet yellowdog. i think everypne will agree that the last thing we need is some white person getting offended for latinos when they can very well own their own decided whether to be offended. what, don't you trust latinos to stand up for themselves when necesarry? thats arguably more offensive than the well meaning clinto add. being punctual is largely a matter of cultural norms (this is, in my opinion, one of many areas in which the U.S. is culturally deficient). the only possible explination for why you don't think latinos can do fine standing up for themselves wouldn't be nearly as benign.

Posted by: dummypants | March 3, 2008 7:56 PM

as a US raised latino myself, i am not offended by the difference. i'll admit that it would have been better if the clinton campaign had just decided to suggest the earlier time on both the english and spanish ad.

Posted by: undecidedlatino | March 3, 2008 7:59 PM

Clinton doesn't trust Latinos....Ask any Americans who had done business in Asia or in South America. Clinton shows her "feel" and sincerity in dealing with the Mexicans if not the ASIANS ALSO. She is in touch with them, she knows their idiosyncrasies, and this is a credit to her when the time comes that the Latinos and the Asians will need her help. She knows how to adjust to their way of thinking. And this is wrong?

Posted by: Anonymous | March 3, 2008 8:07 PM

In this video from today, Hillary suggests she prefers McCain over Obama. http://roadkillrefugee.wordpress.com/2008/03/04/hillary-prefers-mccain-to-obama/

Posted by: roadkillrefugee | March 3, 2008 8:08 PM

I really, really don't get this famous "black/brown divide". Why wouldn't Latinos relate more to the candidate who knows what it feels like to face racial prejudice? Someone explain this to me.

Posted by: B2O2 | March 3, 2008 8:10 PM

Hillary isn't insulting the Latin community. She just doesn't trust they'll get to the polls on time. I do the same thing when I have to get my kids ready for church. If she's a racist for doing this to them, then I guess I'm one too for doing the same thing to my children.

Posted by: Rachel B | March 3, 2008 8:12 PM

Virulent stereotyping by the Clinton campaign, and the apologists do the "Clinton Two Step" of attacking their opponents by insinuating their strength (see: ichief's disparagement) is their key weakness.

Up is Down. Left is Right. Clinton is good.

Very much looking forward to seeing such staid politics fading away under the wilt of tomorrow's returns.

Posted by: eunomian | March 3, 2008 8:15 PM

Rachel B: the Latin community ceased to exist after the fall of Constantinople. ;)

Posted by: eunomian | March 3, 2008 8:16 PM

We all remember Clinton and NAFTA! A million jobs went overseas. Now Hillary is asking the families that lost jobs to Vote for her?

Courting all Voters!

Hang On Sloopy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oPiBSktp6M

The Mom Song Sung to William Tell Overture with Lyrics
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxT5NwQUtVM

VIVA OBAMA 2008
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fd-MVU4vtU

Obama will bring all Americans together and end the grid lock in Washington!

Vote Obama 08! Join us!

Posted by: cooday | March 3, 2008 8:19 PM

Hillary has supported the Latino Comunity all the time. Why don't you all talk about Obama having sex with a minor 14 year old jewish boy, or him trying to avoid paying taxes, or his wife saying that Black people in America are target and people want to kill black people in America. Is this who you want to lead this nation. YOU ALL ARE SICK. I changed and will vote for Hillary.

Posted by: wmaster | March 3, 2008 8:23 PM

This smacks of pandering to Mexicans and Latinos. What exactly has Sen. Clinton done for Tejanos? Really, can someone please explain this to me?

Posted by: ex-clinton supporter | March 3, 2008 8:27 PM

Obama is not ready for the Repuglican attack machine. Beside, have you noticed he looks like J Fred Muggs? HRC will be ready to hit the ground running on Day One. You Go Girl.

Posted by: Miranda | March 3, 2008 8:28 PM

Clinton is inferring the Latinos are lazy.

Posted by: Susan | March 3, 2008 8:37 PM

Hillary doesn't have to like or respect Hispanics. She just has to trick them into voting for her. If she's of the opinion that they are a habitually late and irresponsible group, then lying about when to show up to the voting both is nothing more that a calculated measure on her part to overcome that.

Posted by: Ignoble Savage | March 3, 2008 8:46 PM

Relax Yellowdog and Susan. This is simply a matter of cultural awareness. CPT exists as well as AST (African Standard Time). My wife, who is Kenyan, and I (Afro-Missourian)regularly go to African events that begin as much as 1 1/2 hours after the announced starting time. If Billary wants people to show up to the caucus site on time she is doing the right thing.

Posted by: Brother Kip | March 3, 2008 8:56 PM

Those Latinos are always late!

Posted by: john | March 3, 2008 9:02 PM

Funny, I own my own business and my latino employees always show up exactly on time. I don't tell them "hey show up at 7:45 to get them to show up at 8." Pretty absurdly offensive if done on purpose.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 3, 2008 9:03 PM

time is a cultural concept. in western countries it is not considered rude to start a meeting on time. in asia you start with small talk before getting down to business. african and south american concepts of time are also less strict. america and germany have the strictest concepts of time and timeliness of all nations.

i don't consider hillary's ad to be racist. i do consider hillary's ad to be culturally aware.

Posted by: ProfWrightBSU | March 3, 2008 9:03 PM

Someone asked why there is a divide between blacks and Latinos? From my research,latinos asked black leaders to march with them regarding last years protests and were turned down. Many leaders are trying to repair this rift between blacks and browns because together they would make a powerful political force that politicians would have to respect. Also years ago, if there was one seat at the political table they would compete. There should have been 2 seats. All ethnic groups have different mores and all of us should know them. Calling for Latinos to show up earlier is recognition of that. Supporters of Obama stop criticizing Hillary supporters. Everyone needs each other. No side should divide the party. Each candidate is fighting for his/her political life. This is normal in our democracy. A.B. Dalgin

Posted by: ABDalgin | March 3, 2008 9:03 PM

As a Latino American, I am offended that should would use stereotypes to get her message across.

It devalues the impact of the Latino vote and shows how she uses race to get votes.

Let's face it, Hillary is desperate and will do EVERYTHING and ANYTHING to win. Let's end this infighting once and for all...Vote Obama Texas & Ohio!

Posted by: Latinvictory | March 3, 2008 9:12 PM

You guys need to read it from the latino community itself and stop assuming we think of things a certain way. Most of us acknowledge that we're late a lot of the time. In fact, in my family it's something we jokingly take pride in. It isn't insulting, distrust or an indictment at all. To me it says that, if nothing else, Clinton is being honest with herself about the people she's trying to reach out to and encouraging people to be politically active.

Posted by: G. Perez | March 3, 2008 9:14 PM

As a Latino American, I am offended that she would use stereotypes to get her message across.

It devalues the impact of the Latino vote and shows how she uses the race card to get votes.

Let's face it, Hillary is desperate and will do EVERYTHING and ANYTHING to win. Let's end this infighting once and for all...Vote Obama Texas & Ohio!

Posted by: Latinvictory | March 3, 2008 9:19 PM

In Alsace France, if you don't show up early for appointments(German time) to purchase wine from distributors they won't have anything to do with you. In the South of France, you might have to wait half a day for someone to get around to doing business, even with an appointment time. (mediterranean time)

Its important to understand the cultural norms you are dealing with and Clinton's team obviously has this taken care of. Good for them. It sounds like its standard.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 3, 2008 9:22 PM

Hillary cares deeply about the Latino people and her connection to them goes back years. One of her first jobs in politics as a young activist was helping Latinos register to vote. Where would we all be if we had never registered or had someone to help us through the process? Even as an American kid I needed someone to help me through. Aside from that, Hillary has a long history of helping people - Latinos as well as others. She cares about mothers and children, women and veterans, farm workers and factory workers, young people and our military. There aren't too many ways she can be attacked when it comes to her caring. Need hope? Or do you need HELP? We all know the answer to that question. She has a great web page where you can see who she is and listen to people she has helped - people who wrote with their problems and whom she responded to. She is someone I trust at 3am or 3pm. There are 30 articulate generals who have described why they trust her more than Barack Obama in a crisis. He is untested, has never been in a position of governing. She worked along side her husband for thirty five years in government. If you think she didn't learn anything or help him along the way, if you think she doesn't know the ins and outs of creating positive change in peoples lives - then I think you just haven't been listening and watching her life. It's who she is. A doer and a helper. Barack missed many votes in Illinois - well, he was there, he just didn't take a stand. He was playing it safe politically. Yet he calls himself a new kind of politician and criticizes DC. Well - he aspired to it, didn't he? He was careful not to leave a legislative record he could be responsible for - and that's why he has arrived at this interview with no resume. He criticizes Washington DC but his entire political life was in pursuit of getting there. He pretends to be bright but he is naive. He dismisses his critics. I think we've had seven years of that. Hillary does not apologize for being in public service her whole life. And why should she? She know what it takes and how to get things done for people. And that's what we need right now, today, in this time and in this place. We don't need a careful man who just got there three years ago. Hillary Clinton is the complete package. And it will take another Clinton to clean up after this George Bush. He's left a heap of problems for us to solve and solutions to come up with. She will roll up her sleeves and get it done. She is strong, brilliant, informed and articulate. Everything we need. She's a positive force. I'm proud. We should all be. Go Latinos!! Help us make the right choice in Texas. We trust you to know what that is!

Just FYI - Mr. Obama's resume:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuB_W8o_UsU

Posted by: Thinker | March 3, 2008 9:23 PM

I've just done hours of calling voters for Hillary. In all calls I've advised voters to arrive by 6:30 p.m. I had no way of knowing whether I was talking to a Latino or a person of another heritage. All I can say is, most Hillary supporters did not know they could vote twice but were happy to learn they could. Most said they would try to attend the precinct convention and get their friends and family to join them. The Texas election officials really need to do a better job of informing voters of their rights. The Texas Democratic Party should work hard to ensure that people who cannot attend the precinct conventions should be able to vote as absentees, too. A number of the people I talked to were afraid to go out at night or had to work, so they could not participate. That is simply outrageous in this day and age! I hope that Hillary prevails, despite this Texas two-step primary!

Posted by: bjbprice | March 3, 2008 9:43 PM

Thinker: If you are ever unfortunate enough to have an illness from which you must get an operation. I hope that your doctor allows his wife to operate on you. Being first lady does not make you qualified to be president. If so, Jackie O. would have run.

Hillary Clinton has 8 years of experience as an elected official. her 35 years of experience is crap. At 25, she was just finishing law school. Working at the Rose Law Firm in Arkansas doesn't count as political experience. And neither does Whitewater.

Obama has 11 years of experience as an elected official. He is not lying about or trying to make himself look more experience than he is.

They are both listed as JUNIOR Senators. John McCain is a SENIOR Senator with 26 years of experience as an elected official.

Posted by: ProfWrightBSU | March 3, 2008 9:44 PM

Several mexican people work for me, they are always in time and they are better than polish people, if you ask polish to meet you at 8 he will show at 10

Posted by: mak | March 3, 2008 9:46 PM

Well done Hillary. This proves one more time, that you know and relate to our culture. Being a little late has nothing to do with being lazy, and in no way is offensive. It is just the norm. Go Hillary. Vote Clinton Texas & Ohio!

Posted by: LatinoVote4Hillary | March 3, 2008 10:03 PM

B2O2: To a high extent, it's BS. Anyone that is a racial or ethnic "minority" in this country will band together when it comes to defending collective rights for those groups.

The so-called "brown/black divide" is really based on a stereotypical and hypothetical scenario where any and all Latinos are "illegals" and take jobs from blacks (in this case, black people aren't stereotypically lazy). Presumably, each group fights for the same limited resources in certain urban areas, which is a crock of garbage, because these groups aren't only in urban areas, and they aren't all in gangs. I think it's more of a perception by outsiders (Hillary) that are playing it up for their own benefit, to be quite honest - out of desperation - and a pitiful attempt, it is.

I mean, it's like saying there's a "black/yellow" divide, where blacks and Asians don't get along because the black stereotype of going into a store and not buying anything right away (with the stereotypical Asian -Korean, usually, right?- urging immediate purchase. It's a stereotype, I'm sure it's happened before like this, many a time, but it isn't even the norm. It's "disingenuous" at best to cast a wide perception that blacks and browns don't get along. Get real, Hillary. Run again in '16.

Posted by: fbutler1 | March 3, 2008 10:12 PM

Why I'm voting for Hillary / This One's for the Girls.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=l9z-Aatd0wA

Salute Sen. Hillary Clinton. No matter what the result will be, I have great respect for you. By contrast, I deeply despise Barak Obama for his corrupting, plagiarizing, speculating, and lying. Shame on you, Obama.

Posted by: Shannon Lynn | March 3, 2008 10:23 PM

ProfWrightBSU, you realize that "junior" and "senior" are just used to distinguish between each state's two Senators, right? Ernest Hollings was the junior Senator from SC for 36 years because of senior Senator Strom Thurmond sticking around for so long. Jeff Bingaman and John Kerry are also junior Senators despite serving since 1983 and 1985, respectively, because Pete Domenici and Ted Kennedy have been there longer. On the other hand, Minnesota's Norm Coleman is a senior Senator despite being in only since 2003, less time than Hillary Clinton.

There's plenty of room to criticize Clinton and Obama on length of service without such silly distortions.

Posted by: MAH | March 3, 2008 10:28 PM

ohio is bombarded by phone call by obama's team. they offer free rides to the polling places. the problem is they call the DO NOT CALL numbers. i wish they stopped it

GO HILLARY

Posted by: mamamia | March 3, 2008 11:32 PM

all of obama's bloggers seem to be emotional more than logical. wake up!! get some one who will beat the republican machine vote for hillary

Posted by: zmat | March 3, 2008 11:39 PM

what about the flip flup about nafta one story to the voters another to Canada. we need experience, honesty, dedication and detail action plan - not feel good stories (this i get in church on sunday)
at 3 o'clock in the morning i want Hillary to answer the phone. she will know what to do!!!!

Posted by: maria | March 4, 2008 12:14 AM

"Hillary is really in tune with Hispanic values."

Yep! She has dumped her incompetent latina campaign manager for an african-american.

Posted by: Truth Hurts | March 4, 2008 1:13 AM

I shudder to read the comments on political articles nowadays but I still do so. I guess there must be some closet masochist in me. However...

Why do people insist on attacking another political figure's followers?

I actually see this as right in keeping with Hillary's followers. After all she is the one just completing her 'kitchen sink' attack. If she feels that it is the correct thing to do then why shouldn't those who share her viewpoints? (read: her followers).

On the other hand, we have Obama. Who in the main has stayed away from attacking his opponent. This proving his 'desire for change' from the direction politics has taken for some time. I wonder why his followers feel the need to attack Hillary and her followers. Please, Obama followers, as Obama has said... He needs your help to implement his changes. That includes such things as keeping politics off a 'personal attack' level. He is better than that and so are you.

Now this question for Hillary's followers may be a bit hypocritical but I don't think so as it is an honest question not an attack. With all the personalities Hillary has displayed during this campaign, which Hillary are her followers voting for? Please, some of Hillary's followers, answer me. In addition, how do you reconcile supporting one of these personalities when some of them straight out contradict one another?

I'd prefer someone that does not have such a problem holding to a single personality in the white house. Imagine if over a three day summit...

day one - Hillary as she was in debates with Obama; agreeable and friendly

day two - "Shame on you!" mister foreign leader that doesn't agree with me

day three - The foreign leader does not agree so Hillary throws 'everything but the kitchen sink' at him.

Sorry that is not the reputation the US needs throughout the rest of the world. It is blemished enough already, lets not make it worse.

TML

Posted by: TML | March 4, 2008 3:29 AM

YOU MIGHT BE AN IDIOT:-)

If you think Barack Obama with little or no experience would be better than Hillary Clinton with 35 years experience.

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that Obama with no experience can fix an economy on the verge of collapse better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) led the greatest economic expansion, and prosperity in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that Obama with no experience fighting for universal health care can get it for you better than Hillary Clinton. Who anticipated this current health care crisis back in 1993, and fought a pitched battle against overwhelming odds to get universal health care for all the American people.

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that Obama with no experience can manage, and get us out of two wars better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) went to war only when he was convinced that he absolutely had to. Then completed the mission in record time against a nuclear power. AND DID NOT LOSE THE LIFE OF A SINGLE AMERICAN SOLDIER. NOT ONE!

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that Obama with no experience saving the environment is better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) left office with the greatest amount of environmental cleanup, and protections in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that Obama with little or no education experience is better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) made higher education affordable for every American. And created higher job demand and starting salary's than they had ever been before or since.

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that Obama with no experience will be better than Hillary Clinton who spent 8 years at the right hand of President Bill Clinton. Who is already on record as one of the greatest Presidents in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that you can change the way Washington works with pretty speeches from Obama, rather than with the experience, and political expertise of two master politicians ON YOUR SIDE like Hillary and Bill Clinton..

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think all those Republicans voting for Obama in the Democratic primaries, and caucuses are doing so because they think he is a stronger Democratic candidate than Hillary Clinton. :-)

Best regards

jacksmith...

Posted by: jacksmith | March 4, 2008 4:03 AM

here's something positive, she knows you better than you know yourself

Posted by: Tim | March 4, 2008 9:46 AM

I don't think I should be called a naive Latino for supporting Hillary, in fact, I would say you are a naive Latino to vote for Obama. If I had to choose between two candidates that have done more for us, why would I even consider Obama. Because the media tells me too, because his supporters are cruel against Hillary. I think no.

Posted by: Sarah | March 4, 2008 9:47 AM

Yeah, I might be an idiot but you are definitely one if you believe what Hillary Clinton tells you.

Posted by: David | March 4, 2008 9:50 AM

Honestly, you HRC supporters are very very offensive. Calling people idiots who don't agree with your views doesn't win me over. Why so much offense in your tone. I hear all of these silly reasons why Hillary should be president and Baraka is inexperienced, but wasn't Bill pretty inexperienced when he got elected? What people want is a change, if we get Hillary that is 16 years of 2 seperate families in office. People in general want someone new. It also seems to me that HRC supporters reason for not like Baraka just keep changing as HIllary does. It really appears as if maybe people aren't ready for a Black president. If Baraka had did the same thing I believe there would have been outrage, but since Clinton did it everything is OK. This country is in a sad state, where freedom to think and express one self is disappearing.

Posted by: Greg | March 4, 2008 10:01 AM

I'm soooo sleeeeeepy, Senor Speedy.

Posted by: Hillarious | March 4, 2008 10:02 AM

Ah Hillary, looking out for your supporters' best interests by acknowledging a stereotype...congratulations!

Honestly, I'm not offended; I'm not Latino. If anyone out there wants to view this as a positive thing, though, I think they're deluding themselves.

Posted by: Kevin | March 4, 2008 10:10 AM

You might be an idiot?...really?

Hillary does not have 35 years experience as an elected official. She has 35 years of experience (more or less) in the work force. Among her accomplishments are: 1. Shrewd investments (1000% in just one summer of cattle futures!) 2. Property management (Whitewater failure) 3. A little dirty work ("wink") w/ Vince Foster 4. Political grandstanding ("vast right wing conspiracy", Lewinsky, etc.) 5. Taking credit for anything good that happened during her husband's tenure and 6. Cleanly avoiding anything bad that happened during her husband's tenure. Wow...that's some resume! You would have to be an idiot not to hire her.

Her husband led the nation during the tech boom (internet-based) of the mid-late 90's. Any idiot can get wet when it's raining.

As for universal health care...where is it? If it's been in progress since 1993, what happened? Another fine resume entry: Universal health care - talked about it, even made a big deal to the press, but after 15 years still haven't gotten it. It takes a real idiot to see that someone can't get the job done in 15 years.

As far as a "nuclear" power that we committed action against, well...that's fabrication.

As far as pretty speeches go, Bill Clinton is the grand master of wordsmiths. The man actually debated the word "is"! Barack is good, but I don't think he has the lack of integrity and self-righteous chutzpah to do that. As far as Hillary goes, she's a fantastic speaker, but she also changes her personality every other day so it's hard to concentrate on her linguistic skill. Honestly, I don't know if she'll laugh, cry, complain, accuse, or anything else...she is a bundle of conflicting emotions.

Sincerely,
An idiot

Posted by: Trozzur | March 4, 2008 10:22 AM

'People in general want someone new.' Really? As Tina Fey put it 'and having two smart people (Hillary and Bill) in the Whitehouse making decisions is a bad thing?'

For Obama to claim it's not going to be politics as usual, and then go behind the backs of his union supporters and talk with the Canadian government about NAFTA, certainly seems to me to be the worst kind of politics as usual.

Posted by: Marty in Minneapolis | March 4, 2008 10:28 AM

This is a case of low expectation. She thinks all Latinos are late all the time and some Latinos agree with her.

Posted by: Seray | March 4, 2008 10:33 AM

I am pretty certain that if the same ad type had been run by the Obama campaign, (not that they would) Clinton would be all over him about it saying he was being racist. She is standing on her last leg and I hope the good people in Ohio and Texas, as well as Vermont and Rhode Island send a clear message. They are knowledgeable folks, who understand the candidates views on the issues, and therefore will come to the conclusion, it is a new leadership we need. I also believe that Obama has done a better job of telling the truth and not using negative ads against Hillary and has also done a good job of countering those negative ads she runs with grace and style. Keep it coming Sen. Obama. You have shown more class then any other candidate I have seen in many years.

Posted by: Kathleen | March 4, 2008 10:42 AM

Most Mexican-Americans I've talked to here on the Texas/Mexico border are going to vote Obama. Although most I know are educated.

Posted by: Joe | March 4, 2008 12:24 PM

This is great! Being a first-generation Latin, I know that "Latin time" is a true thing in our culture. Having Hillary recognize that fact is humorous - she must have had a Latin advise her campaign to adjust the time. Great advice!

Posted by: jose | March 4, 2008 12:36 PM

Offensive any way you cut it. Everyone is late all the time, regardless of race. Just this weekend my wife's friends all were late to her dinner party despite many reminders (they are all white...surprized?). Attributing this to any single race is only an attempt putting them down.

Posted by: Jabbajaw | March 4, 2008 1:55 PM

All this is BS....so what if the time is 6:30 instead if 6:45...get a life people

Posted by: Torres | March 4, 2008 3:21 PM

The other reason to use an earlier time is to allow for people to make sure they get voter registration issues cleaned up.

When we had the Caucus in Washington State, we had a few hundred people register to vote on the day of the caucus and had people lined up just signing in for hours. Just in a three precinct (1200 voter) location.

Earlier is better.

Posted by: Will in Seattle | March 4, 2008 5:38 PM

Salute Sen. Hillary Clinton. No matter what the result will be, I have great respect for you. By contrast, I deeply despise Barak Obama for his corrupting, plagiarizing, speculating, and lying. Shame on you, Obama.

Posted by: Shannon Lynn | March 3, 2008 10:23 PM
--------
Shannon Lynn: Don't you MEAN Hillary? She and Bill are widely known for their corruption, lying, deceit, and, yes, murders. Google "THE CLINTON CHRONICLES" free audio. The "plagarism" is a none-issue. Hillary tried that tactic, it did not work. You just follow blindly and believe everything Hillary says? Pretty sad, don't you think? Furthermore, Hillary has commited tons of plagarism by stealing Mr. Obama's lines and themes, as well as Mr. Edwards. That woman is a lier and a thief!! Speculating, don't we all do that? Or do you see everything in black and white?? Your arguement is extremely weak at best. The fact that you "despise" another humanbeing says more about you than it does abot those you despise. I am truly glad I do not have friends of your caliber.

Posted by: NinaK | March 4, 2008 6:26 PM

Hay Latin friends. We need to go for Hillary! Obama is just starting to get the pressure put on him by all sorts and it's too far into the race to see what will happen--unpredictable. Hillary has been attacked from the beginning and we know that she still stands after all the kicks and punches. We Latinos can make a big difference in the Texas vote. Enough is Enough and we need to get Hillary so far ahead so we can focus on the big event. Hillary has been up front with who she is and what she will do. Obama questioned her judgement and his judgement is in question. Bottom line the good old boys don't want her in because she's going to make things straight so, TEXAS Latinos lets stop this popularity contest and vote for Hillary to get things done! Viva nuestra gente!!

Posted by: Go for it! | March 4, 2008 6:53 PM

Hillary telling the Latinos to show up 15 minutes early, hmmm, is this the reason she fired her campaign manager, Patti Solis? Was Patti 15 minutes late for her job a little too often? Or did Hillary think she did not need Patti's influence on Latinos any longer since she had already won California an Nevada?

For those people who have commented that people in OTHER COUNTRIES show up late for whatever and that this is their costom: This is the United States of America, not France, not Mexico, not anything else. We KNOW we report to work on time, otherwise we pay the penalty of either being "written up" or getting fired, or both. I do realize sometimes we have to be late due to unexpected things that come up...a phone call works wonders!

For Hillary to lump all Latinos into a category which she obviously sees as lazy and irresponsibile is shameful to say the least. Responsible people do not need to be told to show up early; they are there on time. So. obviously, Hillary has a low opinion of all Latinos: lazy and irresponsible. Yet she panders for their votes in masse. She is a disgrace!

Posted by: NinaK | March 4, 2008 6:59 PM

For those of you who think Mr. Obama cannot "beat" the Republican machine, think again! It is quite clear Mr. Obama has pretty much brought down the so-called "Powerful Clinton Political Machine" That is no small feat!! And he has done it WITHOUT PERSONAL ATTACKS OR SLASH-AND-BURN TACTICS. He has done it by pointing out their policy differences. Hillary's campaign said they were going to throw the kitchen sink at Mr. Obama. That is really funny, because that is what they have been doing all along. Maybe they meant to say they were throwing the toilet with all their foul excrement, it sure looks that way to me. The thing is, they are not only thowing it at Mr. Obama, they are throwing it at all of us. SHAME ON YOU, HILLARY CLINTON, for your nastiness and ugliness!!

Posted by: NinaK | March 4, 2008 7:25 PM

For those of you who think Mr. Obama cannot "beat" the Republican machine, think again! It is quite clear Mr. Obama has pretty much brought down the so-called "Powerful Clinton Political Machine" That is no small feat!! And he has done it WITHOUT PERSONAL ATTACKS OR SLASH-AND-BURN TACTICS. He has done it by pointing out their policy differences. Hillary's campaign said they were going to throw the kitchen sink at Mr. Obama. That is really funny, because that is what they have been doing all along. Maybe they meant to say they were throwing the toilet with all their foul excrement, it sure looks that way to me. The thing is, they they are throwing it at all of us. She has belittled the smaller states and the caucus states as unimportant/they really don't matter. She has belittled the people that supported and voted for Mr. Obama as not "real", therefore showing us and telling us what she thinks of states and people who do not vote for her---she is telling us we are worthless in this election process. SHAME ON YOU, HILLARY CLINTON, for your nastiness and ugliness!!

Posted by: NinaK | March 4, 2008 07:25 PM

Posted by: NinaK | March 4, 2008 7:43 PM

Take a look at Hillary's senate record; then take a look at Mr. Obama's senate record. There is NO comparison!!! Mr. Obama is a man of action and accomplishments in his short years in the senate! Hillary has accomplished all of 20 issues in her SIX years in the senate; she has been VERY busy naming libraries, postoffices, etc., all "FLUFFY" stuff; nothing outstanding and nothing of substance!!
"Senator Clinton has based her campaign on an erroneous claim to greater legislative and administrative experience. Former President Clinton talks up her role in his administration on the campaign trail but pointedly refuses to release any documents that would provide greater details on her actual activities there. It is broadly understood that Hillary spearheaded the response team that staved off Republican attacks and spun the many scandals of the Clinton years. As to her Senate record, no one in the press has had the diligence to lay out her record for the public to assess.

Senator Clinton, who has served only one full term (6yrs.), and another year campaigning, has managed to author and pass into law, (20) twenty pieces of legislation in her first six years.
These bills can be found on the website of the Library of Congress (www.thomas.loc.gov), but to save you trouble, I'll post them here for you.

1. Establish the Kate Mullany National Historic Site.
2. Support the goals and ideals of Better Hearing and Speech Month.
3. Recognize the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
4. Name courthouse after Thurgood Marshall.
5. Name courthouse after James L. Watson.
6. Name post office after Jonn A. O'Shea.
7. Designate Aug. 7, 2003, as National Purple Heart Recognition Day.
8. Support the goals and ideals of National Purple Heart Recognition Day.
9. Honor the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton on the bicentennial of his death.
10. Congratulate the Syracuse Univ. Orange Men's Lacrosse Team on winning the championship.
11. Congratulate the Le Moyne College Dolphins Men's Lacrosse Team on winning the championship.
12. Establish the 225th Anniversary of the American Revolution Commemorative Program.
13. Name post office after Sergeant Riayan A. Tejeda.
14. Honor Shirley Chisholm for her service to the nation and express condolences on her death.
15. Honor John J. Downing, Brian Fahey, and Harry Ford, firefighters who lost their lives on duty.

Only five of Clinton's bills are more substantive.

16. Extend period of unemployment assistance to victims of 9/11.
17. Pay for city projects in response to 9/11
18. Assist landmine victims in other countries.
19. Assist family caregivers in accessing affordable respite care.
20. Designate part of the National Forest System in Puerto Rico as protected in the wilderness preservation system.

There you have it, the facts straight from the Senate Record.
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Now, I would post those of Obama's, but the list is too substantive, so I'll mainly categorize. During the first (8) eight years of his elected service he sponsored over 820 bills. He introduced

233 regarding healthcare reform,
125 on poverty and public assistance,
112 crime fighting bills,
97 economic bills,
60 human rights and anti-discrimination bills,
21 ethics reform bills,
15 gun control,
6 veterans affairs and many others.

His first year in the U.S. Senate, he authored 152 bills and co-sponsored another 427. These included:
**the Coburn-Obama Government Transparency Act of 2006 (became law),
**The Lugar-Obama Nuclear Non-proliferation and Conventional Weapons Threat Reduction Act, (became law),
**The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, passed the Senate,
**The 2007 Government Ethics Bill, (became law),
**The Protection Against Excessive Executive Compensation Bill, (In committee), and many more.

In all since enter the U.S. Senate, Senator Obama has written 890 bills and co-sponsored another 1096. An impressive record for someone who supposedly has no record according to the spin meisters and mindless twits. I challenge Clinton supporters to name a single legislative accomplishment that demonstrates her superior experience.


Posted by: Mark | February 4, 2008 9:39 PM

Posted by: NinaK | March 4, 2008 8:00 PM

Obama is not ready for the Repuglican attack machine. Beside, have you noticed he looks like J Fred Muggs? HRC will be ready to hit the ground running on Day One. You Go Girl.

Posted by: Miranda | March 3, 2008 08:28 PM
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Miranda, I agree she will hit the ground; however, wonder how long it takes her to get off her fat/wide rear to get up? Can she even run? I doubt it. The only running Hillary can do is running of the mouth with lies, distortions, and ugliness. She has a bad case of what I call, "diarrhea of the mouth", and an overinflated opinion of herself. Hillary is on an EGO-TRIP to the White House.

Regardless of how Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, and Vermont vote today, there is NO way Hillary can catch up with Mr. Obama. I think a good portion of America's states and citizenry have already clearly told Hillary, "thanks, but, no, thanks". :):)

Posted by: NinaK | March 4, 2008 8:08 PM

all of obama's bloggers seem to be emotional more than logical. wake up!! get some one who will beat the republican machine vote for hillary

Posted by: zmat|March 3, 2008 11:39 PM -------------------
I'd say Mr. Obama has done exceptionally well in beating Hillary to this point. There is no way she can play catch up! He just got his 12th consecutive win!! He won Vermont today! Thank you Vermont!!

Posted by: NinaK | March 4, 2008 9:34 PM

I'm a Latino, coll. educated, first time voter and a proud Hillary voter. Can't stand the negativity and the mockery against Hillary. she's pure gold while Obama is glitter.

Posted by: jules | March 5, 2008 12:26 AM

I love the humor and pride that some Latino folks have expressed here about their lateness. There's a sense of togetherness about it. In contrast, being a habitually late WASP from a punctual family, I feel isolated and ashamed. My lateness isn't cultural, so it feels like a personal failing. I wonder -- is there any way I can bond with others like me, and learn to embrace our shared flexible sense of punctuality?

(And by the way, there seem to be plenty of reasonable people and plenty of unreasonable people on both Clinton's & Obama's side posting here. Let's remember -- we're all for a Democratic president, whoever s/he may be!)

Posted by: HonoraryLatina? | March 5, 2008 12:33 AM

LOL i would never vote democrat but I have to tip my hat to Hillary for being smart here and seeing the trends in the hispanic community-- I KNOW FOR A FACT YOU ALWAYS SAY AN HOUR EARLIER than real time! I tell my white friens to show up 30 mintues after the party time because they are freakin punctual....

Posted by: TimdaConservative | March 5, 2008 1:08 AM

MY goodness this is just funny, trying to make a story out of 15 min. I have emails from the campaign with 6:30 or 6:00 and then of course reference to 7:00 the ending of voting and caucus at 7:15.
You reporters are so empty and you get paid for this dribble.

Posted by: boohall | March 5, 2008 9:45 AM

I don't understand why white people get offended by almost everything. Of course is not offensive WHAT SO EVER that we are invited earlier so we can get there on time. That is what we do!!! that is part of our idiocincracy. That is how we are! There is nothing wrong with that. There is nothing offensive on someone calling things by their name.
Clieton made the effort of thinking deeper and out of the box and of making any changes that needed to be done in order to get our vote and that make us feel very good. For that, I will vote for Clinton.

Posted by: Latina Voter | March 5, 2008 2:44 PM

I think her campaign asked Latino caucus voters to arrive early because caucus turnout was expected to be very high South Texas. The Post is reading too much into this and trying to insult Latino voters because the majority in Texas voted for Hillary.

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