Immigration Again Focus of McCain -- in Spanish
By Ed O'Keefe in The Trail:
John McCain continues to pound Barack Obama in Hispanic media, launching a new radio ad in Nevada that says McCain is a friend of Hispanics who "stood up" and "spoke out" during last year's debate on comprehensive immigration reform while Barack Obama did little. The new Spanish-language radio commercial is paid for by the Republican National Committee and is somewhat less aggressive than a television commercial released Friday arguing that that Obama and Senate Democrats derailed last year's attempts to reform the nation's immigration laws.
In fact, Obama voted for the final reform law, whose passage was scuttled by a rebellion among the ranks of Republican senators.
"While the bill didn't pass, only McCain demonstrated a real commitment to reforming immigration in a way that honored our laws as well as our immigrants and traditions," the ad's announcer says. "And Barack Obama? Obama did not stand up. Obama did not speak out. And when the time came for him to do the right thing, he did not. Obama supported measures designed to insert a deadly 'poison pill' to kill the immigration legislation."
The Obama campaign, in turn, continues to press its argument that McCain is lying in his political advertisements. "Yet again, John McCain has offered another ad full of the same lies and distortions that have already been proven false," Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said in a response released by the Obama campaign. "The same way he walked away from his own immigration bill, he's now walking away from any shred of truthfulness in his campaign."
A television commercial McCain released last week has also been criticized by immigrants' rights and Latino rights groups.
"Those of us who fought very hard for this reform are insulted for Sen. McCain saying that it's Democrats who brought the bill down," said America's Voice executive director Frank Sharry, said during a conference call with reporters on Monday in response to the TV ad.
By Ed O'Keefe |
September 17, 2008; 6:45 AM ET
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