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McCain answers questions for the gay community but appears afraid to tackle issues important to Latinos

LatinaLista — Could it be that Senator John McCain and the Republican Party have made peace with the gay and lesbian community — but not the Latino community?
It would appear so given the mutual love fest between the two.

According to a press release issued by the Log Cabin Republicans:

John McCain, participated in an interview with a gay publication. In a Washington Blade exclusive, Sen. McCain answered questions on a variety of issues important to gay & lesbian Americans and asks for our votes in November.
“Sen. McCain’s outreach to gay and lesbian voters is unprecedented from a GOP presidential candidate,” said Log Cabin President Patrick Sammon. “Log Cabin is proud to endorse him. We know his inclusive vision for America will draw strong support from LGBT voters.”
“The gay left has been trying to define John McCain as another George W. Bush on gay issues. His words in this interview further undermine that ridiculous argument,” said Sammon.

It is heartwarming to see McCain figuratively, at least, embrace the gay community with this interview. But I find it somewhat insightful that the McCain campaign should find the issue of same-sex marriages to be less politically threatening than issues important to Latinos.


That the McCain campaign could find the time and the will to finish the Washington Blade’s submitted questionnaire and not even acknowledge the questionnaire that was submitted to them earlier this summer by The Sanctuary group regarding issues important to the Latino community is eye-opening.
In the Washington Blade interview, John McCain said he would be the President for all Americans:

Blade: Would you resume the practice started by President Clinton but discontinued by President Bush of creating a high-level White House staff position serving as liaison to the GLBT community?
McCain: I have already publicly stated that there will be no White House Office of Political Affairs in my administration — professional politics should be at the party committees, where it has a rightful place, not in the White House. I intend to be a President for all Americans. This discussion is somewhat premature given that I have not been elected (yet).

Yet, if someone is representing ALL Americans, doesn’t that mean that there’s no question(niare) off limits?

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    Evelyn
    October 2, 2008 at 2:11 am

    Maybe everyone needs to give McShame a break. After all he is up in age, maybe he forgot about the Latinos. Alzheimers could be knocking at his door. He is just tooo old to hold down a job like president.

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    laura
    October 2, 2008 at 3:04 am

    If John McCain wants to be president of all Americans, Latina/o Americans need to continue to ask him specifically whether he intends to keep raiding family homes and keep having mothers imprisoned for the “crime” of working here without a visa. What specifically does he intend to do for their, “God’s children”?
    I actually think Obama needs to be pressed on this as well. Does he want to continue the building and filling up with inmates (“detainees”) of a chain of for-profit concentration camps for immigrants (“detention centers”)?
    Though McCain/Palin would be the worst disaster for the country since George W. Bush, I personally am not appreciative of Senator Obama’s weak commitment to the human and civil rights of immigrants.
    Where is the change we need? So far I don’t see the change I can believe in.

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    Irma
    October 2, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Alzheimers can affect even relatively young people. My mother in law age 67 has it.
    So it could hit Joe Biden too.
    McCain health is an issue , why dont we leave it at that?
    McCain hasnt forgot Latinos, but it is clear that he will lose his core base if he reaches out to us. So he is stuck. I agree with Laura, Obama hasnt done much except maybe answer Sanctuary’s questionairre.
    I predict if he gets elected – he will NOT
    address our issues. Why do it? He will
    have gotten our vote without doing ANYTHING for our community .
    Latinos need to learn how to use their political clout. The Cubans learned to use it. We could take a lesson from them.

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    Evelyn
    October 3, 2008 at 12:58 am

    Irma :
    Alzheimers can affect even relatively young people. My mother in law age 67 has it.
    So it could hit Joe Biden too
    Joe Biden is not running for president.

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    Irma
    October 4, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Look, Joe Biden as the vice presidential candidate
    is as they say ” a heart beat away from the presidency.”
    The Obama campaign used this same phrase as part of
    their justification that
    Sarah Palin should not be running for the vice presidency.
    Hello? Joe Biden IS running as the backup to the president . His health is as real a concern as Sarah Palin’s lack of qualifications for the job.

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    Evelyn
    October 6, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Joe Biden IS running as the backup to the president . His health is as real a concern as Sarah Palin’s lack of qualifications for the job.
    I would agree if Obama were 73 and had a re-curing cancer. He doesent, he is the picture of health, exercises and eats veggies too. He also had the good sence NOT to choose someone like Palin as VP.

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