Democrat Candidates Court the Hispanic Vote in Nevada

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AP

No wonder they are ALL for amnesty for ILLEGAL aliens. Like I have been saying for YEARS now, the politicians KNOW they need NEW and FRESH meat for the voter pools.

If you follow presidential politics and the candidates’ bids to get their party’s nominations Iowa or New Hampshire may come to mind as states with particular importance, since their primary and caucus usually come early in the nomination process. But what if I told you all the major candidates are paying particular attention to Nevada, which has only five electoral votes?

All the major presidential hopefuls have already stopped in the Silver State, as Nevada’s caucus will be second only to Iowa. But glad-handing and kissing babies isn’t all you would see if you follow the candidates on their campaign stops. On a recent visit to Las Vegas, FNC correspondent Anita Vogel and I tracked Hillary Clinton’s efforts to target the Hispanic vote. For Clinton, that means setting up a Hispanic task force, which no other major candidate has officially done. The aim: to get local community leaders to spread their campaign’s word without appearing like they are pandering to that ethnic group. Often dubbed the sleeping giant, the Hispanic vote is coveted by all the candidates, but democrats in particular have an edge since many immigrant rights groups feel the party has done a better job of addressing their concerns.

Members of the task force, like attorney Max Couvillier, were impressed by the sheer fact that the campaign contacted him first. He says he enjoys contacting other members in the Hispanic community and asking them what issues Clinton should focus on. He believes the Hispanic community will be more receptive to him and other members of the committee, rather than having the presidential candidate do her own leg work.

Rory Reid, who runs Clinton’s western efforts, says the senator is ahead of the curve with this idea as she is the only major candidate to focus on individual ethnic groups. But the question I kept thinking throughout the interview is why did her camp pick Nevada? California surely has more Hispanic voters.

The answer: timing. Nevada has become a bell of the ball because their democratic caucus is early and Reid thinks Nevada will be a trendsetter for California voters. My first news job was at a station in Las Vegas; when I worked there, I never thought California would be looking to Nevada for advice.

But Clinton’s efforts to target specific ethnic groups could have its pitfalls say political consultants who advise candidates from both sides of the aisle. Their main concern with Hispanic voters is that the group doesn’t always follow party lines, even if the immigration debate is front and center on the political spectrum. Many Hispanic voters often lean to the conservative side as religion and family values play a huge role.

And then there is New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, the first person of Hispanic descent to run for president. He surely has an edge on Clinton, since he spent a good deal of his childhood living in Mexico with his mother. I asked Governor Richardson at a press conference what he thought about Clinton’s efforts to scoop up the Hispanic vote. His answer was a humorous moment with dramatic pauses only comedians seem to master. Richardson’s reply to my question: “Task force? . . .I know those problems.” His implication: you can only know an ethnic group and address their concerns if you are part of it.

Richardson has problems of his own however, many voters don’t know that he is Latino, and he doesn’t have Senator Clinton’s fundraising abilities which would give him the cash to spread the word.

14 Responses to “Democrat Candidates Court the Hispanic Vote in Nevada”

  1. snooper Says:

    Does this picture look doctored to anyone but me?

  2. CNYAlison Says:

    I’d encourage everyone interested to check out Richardson’s Spanish website:
    http://www.richardsonparapresidente.com/

  3. snooper Says:

    Got it saved and will check it out. Thanks for the tip.

    He doesn’t have a shot at the title, though.

    As me mum says, “No worries.”

  4. snooper Says:

    CNYAlison…I especially liked this;

    “Saludos y Bienvenidos al sitio de la campaña para Presidente de los EEUU del Gobernado Bill Richardson. Mi nombre es Joaquín Guerra y estoy muy orgulloso de estar aquí con ustedes en nuestra blog. Aquí vas a encontrar los primeros noticias de la campaña desde el camino real por la campaña por la Presidencia de los EEUU…”

    And I have a response…HUH?

  5. Miss Beth Says:

    Uh..Rory Reid? Any relation to Baghdad Reid?

  6. snooper Says:

    Someone else noticed that too? I wonder…

    Mr. Cleanface’s Dirty Laundry: Harry Reid’s Mob Money revisited a 1979 Justice Department probe into allegations that Midwestern Mafia members skimming funds from the Tropicana casino had channeled bribes to Nevada Gaming Commission chairman Harry Reid through mob lawyer Oscar Goodman and Tropicana attorney Jay H. Brown. Although the probe officially cleared Reid, he subsequently received numerous contributions from gambling industry figures, including Brown and known Mafia-associates as well as legitimate individuals and corporations. Reid’s son Rory has followed in his footsteps by associating with his father’s patrons in the gambling industry, which is the subject of this post.

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1565464/posts

  7. snooper Says:

    Hillary is in bed with the mob…wonderful

  8. Snooper Says:

    Oil and Water

    Ethics and Democrats

    The two don’t mesh. Behold:

    Ethics and the Clintons
    We have brought to your attention in previous posts the ill gotten gains of the Clintons and the Pelosis via the InfoUSA scandal both…

  9. memo Says:

    YOU ARE INSULTING AMERICAN SOLDIERS OF HISPANIC DESCENT !

    Part of my family lives in USA, part of my family lives in Mexico.

    One of my uncles fought in the Second World War in Europe. Two other were stationed ready to go abroad when the war ended.

    A cousin of mine went to Vietnam.

    One of my nephews has been to Iraq (not only once, but twice !!).
    My other nephew is presently fighting in Afghanistan.

    Both of my nephews are with the Marine Corps. Semper fi. And since September 11, 2001, Marines have been on the front line of the War on Terror.

    The parents of all these American soldiers, my relatives, came here first without proper documentation, with the exception of one, thus illegally. Even one of these Marines was born in Mexico.

    They were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for their new country.

    Let me remind you that many Mexicans came to USA during the Second World War to work in agriculture and other industries, because the male population was drafted to fight overseas.
    Many of the present Hispanics are the descendants of those people that stayed here.

    Some of these soldiers are from parents that were once illegal. They have even joined the military and died in foreign countries

    My uncles and cousins of my American family are in disbelief by your statements. You are poisoning further the atmosphere.

    Why do you hate us so much, why do you want to harm us?
    We are not terrorists!
    Do you believe in God? Do you have a religion?

  10. memo Says:

    A SURGE IN APPLICATIONS FOR CITIZENSHIP

    Voter registration is growing among Hispanics as more become citizens and more become enraged at anti-immigrant policies.

    JUST A THOUGHT

    Several decades ago, immigrants from Hispanic origin came to the USA. They didn’t bother to participate in politics. They came to work and nothing else. Why to bother if the country was going OK. They didn’t speak the language very well and they thought let’s leave politics in the hands of those who are in power. Working and keeping a job was their main goal. Many even didn’t bother to change their immigrant status as residents.

    But a couple of years ago, particularly this year, something happened. Because they can not be recognized or distinguished by appearance, with the so called illegals, they started to realize that they had to become citizens to obtain a higher level of protection. They realized that they were being demonized. Many of them are coming to vote for the first time.
    Some of this population belongs to the group that came with the amnesty offered by President Reagan in 1986-1988. They too started to become citizens. There is no way that anyone can identify an illegal alien just by looking at them. You cannot tell who is an American citizen just by looking. Latino voters are tired of getting treated as something less than real Americans.

    They could be legally here; they could have lived in the U.S. for generations. The only marker is skin color. The effect of the immigration debate on many Latino voters has been to make them feel like their Americanness is being questioned, even if they have been here for many generations.

    The rampant xenophobia encased in fear of terrorism has made it critical for the legal immigrants, once illegal, to acquire the status that would grant them immunity from narrow legal persecution. However, it is not strange that in this xenophobic wave these people are feeling being threatened and insulted..

    In the meantime, the Republicans had their chance for about 6 years to make a statement that the republican party would take care of the American people and they really showed they don’t care by their non-actions and clearly directed actions against inmigrants. Republicans have been filibustering everything that comes up in the Senate.

    It is true that some Democrats such as Jim Webb, Jon Tester and Claire McCaskill vote with the majority of Republicans to kill the Senate immigration compromise, without offering a realistic and achievable alternative that would establish a more humane policy.

    But, it is also undeniable that the most vicious, the most wretched, the most offensive, the most revolting, the most ruthless, the most vilifying, the most repulsive attacks have come and are still coming from Republicans.

    Just a few examples to illustrate it.
    1) Sensenbrenner wanted the criminalization of these people.
    2) Newt Gingrich, Former House speaker, who coined Spanish as the Language of the gheto
    3) Fred Thompson just slammed Cubans, suggesting that they come to America not in search of freedom, but to bring “suitcase bombs.”
    4) Dana Rohrbach in his speeches is warning the end of the America as we know it.
    5) Tancredo, no comments
    6) J.D Hayworth, not reelected, but still instilling hate, same no comments.

    There are more cases. The list goes on and on.

    One thing is certain, the Republicans were mum on all issues with immigration reform as just one of them. They controlled the white house and congress. If there is anytime in which a party is able to get things done, it’s when they don’t have anyone to really interfere.
    Immigration was just one of them.

    Therefore, it seems to me that the most recalcitrant and extreme positions are from Republicans, where no room is for middle ground. This whole episode has branded the Republicans as the anti-inmigrant party.

    So Republicans have done this at a national level. Pretty transparent move they did, and now the immigrant population, Irish, Phillipinos and many other immigrants, particularly Hispanics, are aware of this issue.

    At any rate, this is the beginning of the legal immigrant backlash directed against the Republican Party for their position on the immigration bill.

    By your actions, you shall be judged.!

  11. memo Says:

    THE RULE OF LAW !!!

    Why are you claiming the rule of law against people that came here to work? Work that many of you don’t want to perform.

    “Rule of law” means enforcing laws that are capable of enforcement, otherwise people merely learn disrespect for the law. Obviously, immigration laws that refuse to recognize the inevitable attraction of a lack of unskilled labor on one side of the border and a lack of employment for unskilled labor on the other is not workable no matter how much of the taxpayers’ billions get poured down a rathole of “enhanced” enforcement

    Did you forget about the prohibition time, when many illegal activities flourished, including the rise of the mafia? This is exactly what happens when laws are NOT capable of enforcement. Black market and illicit activities are the result.

    Did you know that President Carter gave pardon for those that did not join the war in Vietnam? Many went to Canada, and others flew to Mexico.

    You sure know that President Ford gave full pardon to Nixon because of the Watergate scandal.
    And according to what it is known, Nixon violated blatantly the law in many issues and on a great scale. This does not mean that therefore, others must violate the law. But what I am saying is that in the history of this great country there are some examples of amnesty or whatever you want to call it.

    But you are in uproar claiming this very same rule of law.

    Ruthless to the poor, but silent for others. Quick to harm the weak, but smiling to the strongest.
    Isn’t this called hypocrisy?

  12. memo Says:

    I do not understand why you cannot see who our common enemy is, nor why you would have us waste time and effort chasing down immigrant workers, instead of chasing terrorists, such as the Fundamental/ radical Islam followers that hate the West, all of us included.

    Please do not forget what happened with Hitler and Jews in Europe.

    Not so long ago, the biggest dictator on earth came to power driven by anger and hate.
    Everything started little by little in Germany. Jews started to be blamed for everything. Just take a look to some of the movies made by Hitler about Jews. In these films, they are depicted as criminals, thieves, a disgrace to Germany, they are filthy, they bring diseases, they are greedy, they should be removed, they should be deported, etc.

    Your arguments sound familiar. Similar to the attacks made to Jews that escalated until deport them to concentration camps and exterminate a great deal of innocent people. All based on hate. Hate against other race. Hate against other people.

    The hate against Jews made Hitler to climb to his actual position. As a result of his ascent and silence and approval of the German population, the killings and destruction were countless.

    This is also what the Ku Klux Klan tried to do against African Americans in USA, luckily without success. The white supremacists, Nazis, and the KKK are closely related.

    Perhaps unknowingly or unwittingly you are helping them.

    This is the same mistake that Germans made with Hitler.

    Be careful.

  13. memo Says:

    How is it that most of you go along with the idea that Mexico is a partner in the fight against drug trafficking?
    But, how than you can not go along with the idea to work together in an immigration plan?

    How come you decide to ignore Mexico completely, when you want to build a wall?

    Mexicans come here looking for jobs. They don’t come to USA because they want to die in the desert by thirst or drown in the river. They come here looking for a job.

    Just realize that you are pouring billions of dollars in places located in the other side of the world. To say that those folks hate you is to say the least. A tenth of this investment in Mexico would solve the problem by creating jobs.

    We could have a decent and rational discussion to secure the border. We could work together to stop illicit activities. We could find common solutions to common problems. We could do many things together, similar to Europe with different countries and many more languages involved.

    We could be the first line of defense against international terrorism.

    But in this way, by hating us, by denigrating us, and trying to harm us, you are shutting the door to any rationality in this discussion.

    We are not your enemies.!!!
    Don’t treat us as such.!!!

  14. snooper Says:

    I see the trolls are out and about. Go figure.

    No one minds LEGAL immigration, dumbass.

    We will NOT accept ILLEGAL Invasionaistas of ANY nationality DEMANDING citizenship when they have CLEARLY circumvented the LAW ON THE BOOKS.

    Go cry in your own beer and leave mine alone, dumbass.

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