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Clinton’s grip on the Latino vote is loosening.

February 28th, 2008 · 7 Comments

I just found this commentary on CNN by Ruben Navarrette Jr. regarding Clinton, Obama and the Latino vote. Recent Gallup poll surveys indicate that Obama has slight lead over Clinton among Latinos. Navarrette also points out that during a debate in Los Angeles, Hillary Clinton “answered a question by pitting undocumented Latino immigrants against African-Americans.” She also specifically referenced an African-American “who told her that he used to have construction jobs but now ‘the only people who get them anymore are people who are here without documentation.’” In addressing the same question, Senator Obama reminded us that African-Americans had high unemployment rates prior to the latest group of immigrants arriving in the US and warned that immigration should not be used as a wedge issue.

Navarrette also reminds us in the same commentary, “Neither Bill nor Hillary Clinton has done much for Latinos in their public careers, and most of the support they enjoy from that community comes from brand loyalty — the same thing that keeps Latinos coming back to one kind of laundry detergent keeps them coming back to the Clinton name.” I don’t think that many of us are going to keep buying into the Clinton brand this time around, especially next week in Texas.

Why doesn’t anyone want to talk about Tyson Chicken and the Clintons any more, especially as it relates to Latinos and immigration? The Clintons have been very close to Tyson Foods, who have been investigated for smuggling and employing undocumented workers in horrid conditions. It seems so contradictory to hear Hillary Clinton speak about immigrants taking jobs from African-Americans, but then she doesn’t connect the dots, at least not publicly, regarding Tyson Chicken. In researching the Tyson/Clinton connection, I came across this letter to Senator Clinton from a Wellesley Alumna revealing more disturbing connections between the Clintons and Monsanto via the Rose Law Firm. It is worth reading if you haven’t looked at it already.

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Tags: Barack Obama · Hillary Clinton · Presidential Elections · Ruben Navarrette

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bearguez // Feb 28, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Why aren’t we talking about Billary’s Senatorial record? Don’t you think all those Tejanos deserve to know how hardworking Billary is in the U.S. Senate? Anybody who reads print media and books knows her time at Rose Law firm was spent engaging in corruption. When she sat on the board at Wal-Mart, she advised management how to block the unions, and keep wages at or below minimum wage. Look what Tyson Foods did while she was advising them. She is the female George W. Bush. Do we want another four years of Bush?

  • 2 reenee // Feb 29, 2008 at 12:03 am

    Interesting and insightful commentary from Navarrette. It’s good to see that he’s not always tapado.

    Disturbing open letter to HillRod. But I must say, that even without having read this letter, she disturbs me.

  • 3 The Kaiser // Mar 1, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    That may be too complicated for Tejanos supporting Hillary to mentally digest and draw conclusions. Look at all those Tejanos who think Wal-Mart is the greatest thing since refried beans. Being a part of the political process and understanding the cause and effect situations of some of these candidates simply escapes so many people. Maybe its the dry heat, or maybe its just a part of being Tejanos.

  • 4 RickM // Mar 1, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    It seems that the more folks get to know Obama, the higher the percentage his vote goes. I can’t help but draw the conclusion that Hillary’s support always was a mile wide and an inch deep. Combine that with disastrously run campaign (the incompetence reminds one of our current President) and it’s looking more and more like a year from now it’s going to be President Obama.

  • 5 Michaelr // Mar 2, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    You’re forgetting about the moral majority and the rest of the right wing, who are extremely racist. These are the people who are still supporting George W. Bush because he has communion with Jesus Christ. They will shun Obama simply because of his skin tones and his middle name. I fear for Obama’s life if he’s elected.

  • 6 Professor Zero // Mar 3, 2008 at 1:19 am

    Excellent post and important. Michaelr may be right, but what can you do? Live in fear, or see what happens if you try something?

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