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Latino Iowans Have Their Sights on a Democratic Presidential Candidate

LatinaLista — All eyes are fixed on Iowa because of tomorrow night’s caucuses. Though many Iowans interviewed claim to still be undecided, that’s not the case with some of the state’s Latino population.
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In fact, several publishers of Iowa’s Spanish-language newspapers have already decided whom they will endorse.


Iowa’s weekly, El Latino, has a circulation of 15,000 readers. The week before Christmas, the newspaper became the first Spanish-language paper in the state to make a public endorsement for their choice for president.
The Editorial Board chose Barak Obama.

To Elect Barack Obama is to Elect a Better Future for Everyone

El Latino Newspaper is proud to be the first Latino newspaper in Iowa to make public our opinion on the future of the US. Like many members of the Latino community in Iowa, we work very hard to secure a better future for our families, we pay taxes, and contribute— economically, socially, and culturally to our communities. Our work and civil duty gives us the right to evaluate all the presidential candidates—Democrats as well as Republicans and determine who is the person who best represents the interest of the Latino community and has the character and leadership to unite the nation for progress.
After carefully studying the presidential candidates, the editorial team at the El Latino, has decided to endorse Senator Barack Obama. Since Obama’s father was an immigrant and Obama is a minority in the US, he not only understands the Latino community, he feels it—the good and the bad. We identify with Obama and are convinced that he understands the issues that directly impact Latino families: issues like immigration, education, the War in Iraq, civil rights, and small business development.
The most important thing is that these issues get implemented in Congress. No other presidential candidate, particularly divisive candidates, can unite Congress and secure the votes to finally pass comprehensive immigration reform. We believe that Obama is the only candidate with the capability to change the immigration laws to keep our families together and give everyone the opportunity to pursue the American Dream.
We are proud once again to take this historic position in the state of Iowa. We know very well that an endorsement of a candidate is something controversial and that many people may not agree with. Although we are living in difficult times, we are also living in a time of much opportunity and hope. We believe that Obama is the candidate of hope and the future. We make the decision to endorse with conviction, bravery, and the confidence that he bests represents a better future for our families and community. We ask with all our heart that all members of the Latino community in Iowa attend that caucus to vote for Barack Obama, January 3 at 6:30pm.

The Mundo Latino newspaper of Sioux City also released an endorsement of Obama as well on December 29.
Yet, as we all know, not all Latinos are of the same mind.
Lorena Lopez, publisher of the biweekly La Prensa, said back in May that if she were to endorse anyone at that time it would be Hillary Clinton.
A quick look at the current frontpage of La Prensa carries two articles about Hillary Clinton, one accompanied with a picture of the only female presidential candidate. The title of one of the articles tells how Clinton is one of the most admired women in the world according to a Gallup poll.
There’s no other mention of any of the other presidential candidates. Yet, Lopez has been heard saying that she is leaning towards Barak these days.
In fact, it seems that when it comes to the Iowa Latino community, Obama is edging out Clinton.
The question needs to be asked: Donde esta Richardson?

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    Frank
    January 3, 2008 at 7:40 am

    This pretty much tells it all and is not the American way. “Determine who is the person who best represents the interests of the Latino community”.
    Aren’t we supposed to be a nation united? All issues effect all of us. It is very devisive to pick a candidate whom one thinks will play ethnic politics and give special attention to their ethnic group.

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    miguel
    January 3, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Frank, who is your choice and what is the strong point about them that makes him/her your choice?

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    sir jorge
    January 3, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    i don’t know about that one..

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    EYES OF TEXAS
    January 3, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    Such is the way of politics in this country. It’s always going to be what candidate can do the most good for the individual or special interest group, not the nation as a whole. If only one candidate would stand firm on enforcement of all laws, securing all US borders and representing the majority instead of pandering to special needs groups, he will get my vote. There is no one making that stand yet, but hopefully, as these issues become more heated, someone will step up and take control of our upside-down government. For the people, by the people has been swept under the rug and must be restored before our nation is destroyed from within.
    Check out goooh.com as a pretty good start.

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    Maldonado
    January 3, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Edwards is the best bet as far as the Democrats are concerned. McCain is the best Republican.
    Richardson by no means is out of the race. 15% means little in NH or in super Tuesday.
    I’d rather see Edwards instead of Hussein win the Iowa caucus.
    -Daniel

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    Frank
    January 3, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    miguel, right now I like Duncan Hunter but I am sure he won’t get the nomination. My second choice would be Romney. Both show good records of opposing illegal aliens in our country and securing our borders. There are other issues that concern me like healthcare, ending the war in Iraq, education, tax reform, etc. They both mirror my views.

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    EYES OF TEXAS
    January 3, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    Hussein Obama was raised and educated as a Muslim. He was under the care of his white grandmother as a youth and now he never even speaks of her. She is outraged by being kept away from him while he is making his run for the Presidency. This is only a minor deception, how many other things might he be hiding? And Hillbill, forget it. Everyone knows how corrupt the Clintons are. A few folks that opposed them actually came up dead of mysterious causes, not by coincidence I’m sure.

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    Digital.Aztec
    January 4, 2008 at 7:59 am

    EOT: “Hussein Obama was raised and educated as a Muslim. He was under the care of his white grandmother as a youth and now he never even speaks of her. She is outraged by being kept away from him while he is making his run for the Presidency. This is only a minor deception, how many other things might he be hiding? And Hillbill, forget it. Everyone knows how corrupt the Clintons are. A few folks that opposed them actually came up dead of mysterious causes, not by coincidence I’m sure.”
    Looks like he won the Iowa Caucus. Still, IMO he just hasn’t the experience to run a country. This “on the job training” really hurts the economy.
    As for the corrupt Clintons…
    I think they do whatever they can to win within the limits of the law.
    I was extremely disappointed with “operation gatekeeper.”
    But I was pro-NAFTA at the time. I’m certainly no Cesar Chavez but he was anti-illegal immigration for a few while. So if it can happen to him then…
    Once the affects start to play themselves out it’s always best to re-assess at that time.
    Funny how Carter hasn’t spoken out in support of Billary.
    Some people think Clinton left Gore hanging by not supporting him (enough). But it was actually the Gore camp that didnt want Clinton around since he was impeached.

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    EYES OF TEXAS
    January 7, 2008 at 10:22 am

    Those just now reaching legal voting age are approaching this election as a popularity contest and not looking for experience or at issues. Obama is their rock star and he is singing the words that impresses the youth of America. This really scares the hell out of me that a President may be elected for the same reasons that Hanna Montana sells out concerts. If we could only get Colin Powell to jump into the race, he would get my vote.

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    Texano78704
    January 7, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    “This really scares the hell out of me that a President may be elected for the same reasons that Hanna Montana sells out concerts.”
    You could pretty much say the same thing about Huckabee. But it appears you are saving the demagoguery for Obama.

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    Frank
    January 8, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    I wouldn’t vote for Obama nor Huckabee. Obama is too inexperienced and I don’t like where he stands on the issues. Huckabee is a big flip-flopper and trying to appeal to Americans as a bible thumper.

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    Lydia Major
    January 14, 2008 at 11:27 am

    Obama or Clinton I’m not sure all I know is either candidate will make history. However, Im ready to make a change for the hard working americans such as myself. I am struggling and I consider myself upper lower class when some time ago I could have been considered middle class. Im ready for a change for the sake of my children whose future doesn’t seem very bright. Who I truly have concern for because we did not come from money and it seems this country was based on making dreams come true, but we are moving away from this ideal place we used to view as the land of opportinities. I went to college and educated myself, however a college degree seems irelavent now a days. Even a high school diploma. I want the best democratic candidate that will change and impact my life, but most important build a strong future for my children who never came from money , but have the opportunity to make their dreams come true if they work hard, unlike me, at this times I wonder why ever went to college because all I have now is my debt and I’m still struggling. Again, I consider our hard working family upper lower class.

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    Frank
    January 14, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    Lydia, throughout our political history, candidates from both parties have made promises of change especially if they are from the party not currently in power. They know that’s what the voting public wants to hear.
    I don’t put much faith in either party or any of the candidates to make POSITIVE change. Bill Clinton promised to make healthcare an issue during his administration and make a “change” there. Did it happen? No, it didn’t. Mind you I am not just picking on the Demorcrats, the Republicans are just as guilty of empty promises of change. What they don’t tell you is that this “change” may not be a positive for the American people….just change, that’s all. Kind of like swapping cancer for heart desease, lol. I wish I could be more optimistic but until the American people start making their president and the congress critters accountable for what they do, nothing will “change”.

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    EYES OF TEXAS
    January 15, 2008 at 8:39 am

    For those that are struggling in life now, wait until your beloved Democraps take office. The philosophy of the Democraps is to set up more social services for those that are at the bottom of the barrel and tax the hell out of everyone earning a paycheck to pay for those services. If you feel that living under a socialistic government is for you, that is what you can expect from your beloved Democraps. They want to have control over your life from the craddle to the grave, with you having no say so about any phase of your life.

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