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.
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 candidatesâ€”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 Obamaâ€™s father was an immigrant and Obama is a minority in the US, he not only understands the Latino community, he feels itâ€”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.
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