LatinaLista — The Pew Hispanic Center released an analysis today about the role of Latinos in the 2008 Democratic Presidential primaries.
The consensus is Latinos are the pivotal voters to swing the selection of either Clinton or Obama.
The Democratic contenders spar in their only face-to-face debate before the Texas March 5 primary.
The report authenticates something that has been the buzz of this election thus far â€”Â
In a year when the turnout in the Democratic primaries and caucuses has
risen sharply across the board, Latinos have been a growing share of the
turnout in 12 of the 15 states for which exit polling permits a comparison
between 2008 and 2004. The most noteworthy increase came in
California, where Latinos were 30% of all Democratic primary voters on
Feb. 5, compared with their 16% share in 2004.
Yet, regardless of what the analysts say about what Latino voters will do, it must be remembered that the burden still lies with candidates to show their worthiness.
One of the best ways to evaluate presidential worthiness is when candidates debate.
Tonight, Senators Clinton and Obama are debating at the University of Texas at Austin in a CNN/Univision debate.
The debate is half over and while both are making a strong showing, one is stronger than the other.
It’s clear that while Obama can mesmerize arena-size crowds with his smooth speech and anecdotes, he hesitated in the delivery of his responses.
Clinton, maybe because of her experience, delivered with a confidence that Obama had to work his way into by the end of the debate.
For all the venom she elicits from some corners, Clinton is a strong candidate and knows her stuff. Her crowning moment was her last remark of the night when she sounded like she was choking up in telling Obama that she “was honored” to be in race with him.
Though her sincerity is bound to be called into question by her critics, the response appeared heartfelt â€” for one night.
In our opinion, Clinton had the stronger performance in tonight’s debate in Texas.