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OBAMA BLASTS MCCAIN ON IMMIGRATION REFORM

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Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama attacked John McCain over his changed position on immigration in an address today to members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus today. Specifically, Obama criticized his opponent for failing to include comprehensive immigration reform in his party's platform.



ABC News reports:



"And when it came time to write his party's platform, comprehensive
reform never made it in," Obama said before the Institution's annual
gala in Washington DC, "So you've got to ask yourself: if Senator
McCain won't stand up to opponents of reform at his own convention, how
can you trust him to stand up for change in Washington?"



Senator Obama said that he'd admired when McCain had bucked his
party on immigration reform in the past, but said that was a stance
McCain walked away from when running for the president,



"When he was running for his party's nomination, he abandoned his
stance, and said he wouldn't even support his own legislation if it
came up for a vote," Obama said to the audience, "Well, I don't know
about you, but I think it's time for a President who won't walk away
from comprehensive immigration reform when it becomes politically
unpopular."



Wooing the key demographic, Obama told the crowd that he's not
taking one single Hispanic vote for granted this election, referencing
Kerry's close loss in New Mexico in 2004.



"I need you. I need you to win," Obama said in closing.











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  1. james's Avatar
    Go Obama !
  2. Kalifornian's Avatar
    I am a LPR from a third world country and not so familiar with US politics. Do the republicans hate latest immigrants ( mostly from 3rd world and other colored world countries ? ) ?
  3. George Chell's Avatar
    "Do the republicans hate latest immigrants ( mostly from 3rd world and other colored world countries ? ) ?"

    Yes. A significant proportion of the GOP despises non-whites. You have different forms of contempt. The GOP folks in Evergreen, CO and Huntington Beach, CA despise the Asians and Asian Americans. The GOP folks in Georgia around Calhoun, Cumming, Dawsonville and Dillard despise blacks. The GOP folks in Farmers Branch and other Texas towns despise the Hispanics despite the fact that the illegal aliens gave two additional electoral votes each in Texas and reduced two electoral votes from New York and Illinois to hand George Bush the victory in 2000. Yes, no self respecting minority will vote for the GOP (definitely House and Senate) and it is unfortunate that McCain has to cowtow to this group!
  4. Jack's Avatar
    "And when it came time to write his party's platform, comprehensive reform never made it in,"

    How dishonest. Obama knows the nominee doesn't write the party platform. So is Barack going to take responsibility for all the pandering in the Democratic platform? Don't think so.
  5. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    Yes, McCain did not write the party immigration platform. Tancredo did (and yes, he took credit). Just tells you what the pubs party is worth.
  6. Another voice's Avatar
    Here we go with Jack and Pig/lipstick arguments!!

    "How dishonest. Obama knows the nominee doesn't write the party platform."

    Even if the nominee does not write the platform it does not mean it does not stand by its party and its values. You would be dishonest if you try to represent something that your are not, like saying you are for change but you want the same thing or saying you want immigration reform but your party does not believe in it and has sabotage it as much as possible.
  7. The Avenger's Avatar
    The republicans have made it very clear, no amnesty or anything that comes close, which translates to no legalization of the 12+ million. That is the stance of the party John McCain represents, and he chose to keep quiet about it during the convention because he figured that was the best political approach. He's no maverick, just another damn politician.
  8. 's Avatar
    'just another damn politician.'

    You could say the same for his Democratic opponent.

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