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2016 Presidential Candidates

  • New Pew study suggests the Latino swing vote has already swung

    LatinaLista — News released this week shows that as of July 1, 2008, there are one million net new Latino voters added to the rolls for this next presidential election. (Source: www.patrickruffini.com/ research) The surge of voters is a result of the more than 500,000 new Latino voters who turned out in...

  • New documentary reveals the politics of “The Other Mexico”

    LatinaLista — The most common criticism of the illegal immigration debate is why doesn't Mexico help their own people. Well, a quick review of the country's history shows just how embedded corruption and discrimination are in Mexico's government that it makes it hard for anything to be done for the people who...

  • Obama’s new Spanish-language radio ad appeals to shared experiences between himself and Latinos

    LatinaLista — Today, the Obama campaign released a new Spanish-language ad entitled "Our Own Road." The ad strives to connect Obama's background with the life realities of most Latinos and, given his life story, it's not a hard stretch. From the time Obama made known his mixed race background and his childhood...

  • When it comes to satire, there’s The New Yorker and everybody else

    LatinaLista — The editor of The New Yorker magazine has been making the rounds of talk shows - morning, noon and night — to explain that people just don't get his magazine's satire (translation: people aren't smart enough to understand their kind of satire that only The New Yorker can draw up)...

  • An easy test of rhetoric to prove the sincerity of one presidential contender

    LatinaLista — As the presidential candidates stumped their way across the country from LULAC to NCLR, delivering a slightly altered version of a speech they gave the week before, Latino voters, as all voters, are faced with an interesting dilemma. The dilemma is trying to decide who is more sincere when delivering...

  • McCain’s “God’s children” ad is offensive to all Latinos and should be banned from airwaves

    LatinaLista — A big part of politics, aside from the candidates stumping from city to city, are the campaign's television advertisements. In some cases, these advertisements outlast the candidates and the race itself. Usually, the advertisements spotlight the candidates' interaction with the public and the issues of the day. The advertisements should...

  • Latino bloggers wait for presidential candidates’ response to special survey on issues pertinent to Latino electorate

    LatinaLista — Depending on the source, recent headlines have touted Obama and McCain of either "pandering" for the Latino vote or "courting" it. Given that both men have been or will be appearing at national Latino or Latino-participant events (NALEO, LULAC, NCLR, UNITY 08), it's obvious they both want to be seen...

  • LULAC appearances by McCain and Obama underscore sensitivity of immigration issue

    LatinaLista — Part of the expectations of any niche group, that is lucky enough to snag a high-profile speaker, is that the speaker's remarks will be specifically tailored to the group and reveal, if not startling news, something to maintain a buzz after the applause dies down. That certainly had to have...

  • Latina Vote campaign challenges Latinas in anticipation of November election

    LatinaLista — There's a new campaign underway to register as many Latinas as possible who are as yet unregistered to vote come November. The Latina Vote campaign spearheaded by the Southwest Voter Registration and Education (SVREP) organization has been building momentum over the past several months. It now has a dedicated web...

  • McCain’s visit to Mexico’s Basilica de Guadalupe is misguided campaign move

    LatinaLista — An odd thing happened this morning in Mexico City where Sen. John McCain is "having talks" with Mexican President Felipe Calderon. McCain, his wife and entourage, descended upon the Basilica de Guadalupe, at 8 a.m. The Basilica is the Mexican version of Mecca for Catholics of Mexican descent. In fact,...

  • Presidential campaign stops in Latin America and Europe mean little for US voters

    LatinaLista — It's long been known that the rest of the world is anxiously watching our presidential campaign as if it were a primetime drama. Now, it seems that both candidates want to include that global audience in their elections. Obama plans to go to the Mideast and Europe. McCain left for...

  • Miami’s El Nuevo Herald states McCain is the favored candidate by Hispanic voters. Huh?

    (Update Correction (6/25/08): When originally posted, we failed to notice that the referenced article was an Associated Press article and not one originally reported on by El Nuevo Herald staff. Our apologies. Yet, the basic premise of the post is correct and today, the Associated Press, issued a correction of their own...

  • Young singer moves past political fallout over penning song for Hillary

    LatinaLista — Back during the height of Hillary Clinton's popularity when she was campaigning in South Texas, a 21-year-old Rio Grande Valley singer named Dulce Maria Gonzalez wrote a song just for Hillary — and in the process found herself thrust into the national spotlight in a way she never dreamed would...

  • The clock is ticking — Latinos wait to be included in Obama’s campaign

    LatinaLista — There has been (g)rumbling throughout the Latino blogosphere as to what is taking the Obama campaign so long to reach out to the rest of the Latino electorate that aren't yet completely sold on his candidacy — and to those who are. (Source: boston.com) With news that McCain held a...

  • An analysis of who Obama won’t pick for his vice president

    LatinaLista — The question of who will eventually be Barack Obama's running mate is much more of a nail-biter than John McCain's choice. Why? Because of an issue that has reared its ugly head and has shown us that even though we live in the 21st Century, we are still not without...

  • Guest Voz: Sen. Bob Menendez announces legislation to prevent government detention of legal citizens caught in immigration sweeps

    LatinaLista — As Latina Lista posted yesterday, a bill for the medical care and humane treatment of detained undocumented immigrants while in detention was presented to the Senate this week. One of the sponsors of the bill, New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez said, “We cannot forget that everyone who immigrates to this...

  • New political music video contest pays contestants who qualify for grand prize

    LatinaLista — During the run-off between Obama and Clinton, YouTube became music party headquarters. Every music video, from mariachi to hip hop, singing the praises of their particular candidate could be seen — and they were. Some of these videos registered over 10,000 views. Well, some folks want to recreate this kind...

  • A Latino vote that made a difference and is sending chills down the spines of city officials

    LatinaLista — The Latino swing vote has arrived early and if the city officials of Dallas, Texas are any indication, it will be an unsettling experience for the nation. Dallas is not unlike hundreds of other metropolitan cities across the country creating new urban developments to take their city into the 21st...

  • If Obama wants the Latino vote, three goals must be included in his campaign strategy

    LatinaLista — A new Gallup report reveals that when it comes to a showdown between Obama and McCain, McCain is the one with the "Latino problem." (Source: Gallup) While Clinton is considered the candidate who was able to attract more Latino voters, than even Latino New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, Obama has...

  • Primary Update: Democratic Leaders put an official end to further campaigning by Clinton

    Latina Lista finally got a hold of the group spearheading the initiative to have Sen. Clinton run as an Independent. According to Robin Carlson, no one from the Clinton campaign has contacted the group nor has Sen. Clinton. Carlson says that this is all their idea which they are going forth with....

  • Did Hillary’s speech leave open a run as an Independent?

    LatinaLista — As expected, the buzz everywhere today is about Hillary's speech last night. Early reports from her campaign had said not to expect a concession speech — and she didn't disappoint. Sen. Clinton thanks everyone for their support on June 3, 2008. (Source: CNN) In our last post, we felt last...

  • Thank you Hillary

    LatinaLista — It looks like it's finally the end of the road for Hillary Clinton's bid for the presidency. Though conflicting reports have been posted all day — will she concede or won't she — it looks like she doesn't personally have to concede because it's being done for her. Sen. Hillary...

  • When will Democrats smarten up and realize they’re being set up as the fall-guy for Bush Administration’s deportation overkill?

    LatinaLista — It's official — the Bush Administration can't leave the kind of Mideast legacy that they envisioned entailing where this President would be honored and thanked by people of the Mideast for bringing democracy and relieving oppression in their lands, while securing oil interests for the US. No, this Administration is...

  • Spanish music artists continue the endorsement split between Clinton and Obama

    LatinaLista — With the Puerto Rican primary just two days away, several prominent Latin music artists are singing their endorsements. As expected, it's a split between Clinton and Obama. Clinton is expected to sweep the islands with a win. In fact, it's being reported on a blog at her site that she...

  • Mexico must put machismo pride aside and accept the Congressionally-revised Merida Initiative

    LatinaLista — The day before yesterday in Culiacan, Sinaloa seven federal agents were killed, presumably at the hands of the Sinaloa drug cartel. In spite of this loss of life, the Attorney General of Mexico, Eduardo Medina Mora, assured a reporter during an interview that "although it doesn't seem like it, all...