Team Obama answers The Sanctuary’s pro-migrant questionnaire, while Team McCain sends in Leslie Sanchez

August 10th, 2008 · 14 Comments

This YouTube clip has been making the rounds in the Latino blogsphere showing what has been going on with the questionnaire that the pro-migrant bloggers at The Sanctuary sent out to the presidential candidates about six weeks ago.

Barack Obama’s campaign has answered the questionnaire, and John McCain’s campaign hasn’t. Instead of putting someone to work to address the 38 questions, Team McCain decided to send Leslie Sanchez (who isn’t even formally affiliated with his campaign) to address the issues of the Latino community on CNN.

Latest word is that the results to the questionnaire will be released this week. I’m so thankful that Latinos are becoming more active in the blogsphere because we need to make our presence known and demand answers to substantive questions when some in our traditional leadership aren’t.

I, along with some of my readers, thought that the questionnaire would be ignored or pushed to the side, but I am thankful that Obama’s campaign responded. That news is definitely encouraging.

Tags: Barack Obama · Immigration · John McCain · Leslie Sanchez · Presidential Elections

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 EYES OF TEXAS // Aug 11, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    Each year I get to celebrate Independence Day twice. On June 30, I celebrate my independence day and on July 4, I celebrate America’s. This year is special because it marks the 40th anniversary of my independence.

    On June 30, 1968, I escaped Communist Cuba, and a few months later I was in the United States to stay. That I happened to arrive in Richmond on Thanksgiving Day is just part of the story, but I digress.

    I’ve thought a lot about the anniversary this year. The election-year rhetoric has made me think a lot about my native Cuba and what transpired there. In the late 1950’s, most Cubans thought Cuba needed a change, and they were
    right. So when a young leader came along talking about change, every Cuban was at least very receptive.

    When the young leader spoke eloquently and passionately and denounced the old system, the press in Cuba and even the USA fell in love with him. They never questioned who
    his friends were or what he really believed in. When he said he would help the farmers and the poor and bring free medical care and education to all, everyone believed. When he said he would bring justice and equality to all, everyone said ‘Praise the Lord’ finally. And when the young charismatic leader said, ‘I will be for change and I will be the arbiter of that change, everyone yelled, ‘Viva Fidel!’

    But everyone was so excited about the change, nobody bothered to ask about the details of the change. Well, by the time the executioner’s guns fell silent and the people’s own guns had been taken away. By the time everyone was equal, they were equally poor, hungry, and oppressed. By the
    time everyone received their free education it was worth nothing. By the time the press noticed, it was too late, because they were now working for him. By the time the change was finally implemented Cuba had been knocked
    down a couple of notches to Third-World status. By the time the change was done way more than a million people had taken to boats, rafts, and inner tubes, risking sharks or drowning to escape the change. You can call those who made it ashore with us to Florida or anywhere else in the world, the most fortunate Cubans. And now I am getting a very familiar feeling that goes back to the beginning of my story.

    But, we would never fall for that in America. We wouldn’t put a young leader in charge of this great country who promised
    change without asking: What change? How will you carry it out?
    What will it cost America? Would we?

    Manuel Alvarez, Jr.

    For all the sheeple having the wool pulled over their eyes by a media created fraud with a socialist agenda___ Barak Obama. He and Castro seem to have a lot in common with hope and change at the expense of citizens.

  • 2 reenee // Aug 11, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    I see Manuel visited you as well to post his message.

  • 3 xxxicana // Aug 12, 2008 at 6:08 am

    Thanks to Manuel for the paranoiac analysis of Obama — absolutely ludicrous. Manuel needs to review his Cuban history . . . Castro waged guerrilla warfare for years in the Sierra Maestra before toppling the corrupt Bautista regime. Barak Obama is running as a presidential candidate for a legally constituted political party.

    Manuel should spend more time contemplating the lessons of history rather than posting his ill conceived notions on anyone’s blog.

  • 4 Einstein // Aug 12, 2008 at 10:18 am

    I would just like to put forth information regarding quotes from Senator Obama in regard to the Hispanic Community in Chicago. His quotes were found in two Chicago Newspapers, the Hyde Park Herald and the Chicago Defender. The quotes are as follows:

    When the 2000 census revealed dramatic growth in Chicago’s Hispanic and Asian populations alongside a decline in the number of African Americans, the Illinois black caucus was alarmed at the prospect that the number of blacks in the Illinois General Assembly might decline. At that point, Obama stepped to the forefront of the effort to preserve as many black seats as possible. The Defender quotes Obama as saying that, “while everyone agrees that the Hispanic population has grown, they cannot expand by taking African-American seats.” As in the casino dispute, Obama stressed black unity, pushing a plan that would modestly increase the white, Hispanic, and Asian population in what would continue to be the same number of safe black districts. As Obama put it: “An incumbent African-American legislator with a 90 percent district may feel good about his reelection chances, but we as a community would probably be better off if we had two African-American legislators with 60 percent each.”

    You can find the entire article that relates to Senator Obama’s positions when he was in the Illinois Senate at:

    Basically, Senator Obama isn’t for “Equality for All” he supports “Representation for Me and Mine” and everyone else can have the crumbs that are left over. That is the reality of his opinion of the Hispanic Community.

  • 5 EYES OF TEXAS // Aug 12, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Again for all you Obama sheeple, I posted the letter from Manuel only to demonstrate what can happen when a nobody media created fraud, like Obama and Castro, are put into a position of power without the people fully understanding his beliefs, his ideals and what he plans to do with his new found power. The hope and change crap are just hallow words that mean nothing without an explaination. How is it possible for a vertually unknown Senator from Chicago be raised to such heights in such a short period of time? Where did the millions of campaign dollars actually come from? (Hint: Middle East) Why has Middle Eastern terror organizations endorsed Obama with such praise and admiration? Who is this man and what kind on change will he inflict on America?

  • 6 theKaiser // Aug 12, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    You certainly don’t expect Latino politicians to come to the aid of their community. With the exception of South Florida, and that Latino community is predominately Cuban-American, Latino politicians throughout the U.S., who understand the American English definition of public service are few and far between. Senator Edward Kennedy has produced far more Latino friendly legislation alone than the entire U.S. Congressional Hispanic Caucus has during their entire existence. This says something about that collective group of virtually worthless U.S. politicians who have made a career stuffing their pockets, selling their votes to Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods, and Anheuser Busch, and sleeping in Congress. With the exception of Raul Grijalva, Hilda Solis, and the emerging Linda Sanchez, there is no Latino political representation in Congress worth noting. So it makes forward political sense to follow the leads of the African-American politicians. Because…what’s good for Black America, is also good for Latino America. And if I have to explain that, you don’t belong in this debate.

  • 7 DoctorH // Aug 12, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    All bigots fear change, and all bigots fear the reality that we all began as Black men. Stop being so ignorant in promoting these lies you hold so close to your heart Mister Eyes of Texas. You simply promote the small-mindedness that blocks the intelligence of Jesus people, and further contradict the teachings of Jesus Christ. Doesn’t it pain you to have such an ugly heart?

  • 8 Michaelr // Aug 12, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    Why are we wasting dialogue with racists? All that hatred is incubated in Sunday school, and you’re not going to enlighten them beyond that. This blog posting has to do with McCain sideswiping the Latino voting community by refusing to answer The Sanctuary pro-migrant questionnaire. These actions make it safe to say John McCain, and his inner circle care neither for the political issues confronting Latinos, and once in power will continue the GOP position which the Bush Administration has identified so clearly. By using GOP bagperson, Leslie Sanchez, aka the female Alberto Gonzales, the McCain camp has further implied that the Latino community is not worth spending campaign time on discussing their political issues. If this isn’t offensive, maybe someone in McCain’s inner circle should remind him that we can do more than clean houses, and pick fruit.

  • 9 EYES OF TEXAS // Aug 13, 2008 at 7:26 am

    The heart may be ugly, but the mind is clear. That seems to be the problem with all the Obama sheeple, they are not thinking clearly, only reacting to the warm and fuzzy feelings they get from the words hope and change. The man is a fraud with a questionable past that he never wants to be brought up. A media created image with no substance, no experience and no clue what is best for America. Just as in Cuba, there will be social services for all, free government medical care and wealth redistribution to drag the prosperous citizens down and bring the poorest citizens up. Obama will be seen as Robin Hood on steroids, taking from the rich and giving to the poor. Sounds like socialism to me.

  • 10 DexterManley // Aug 13, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    “PAYASA”. Que risa, pue’! Me encanta! Great word.

    Obviously, all of Latin America from Chihuaha to Patagonia, Puerto Rico, the DR, along with the rest of the modern world supports Obama. Cubans and Cuban-Americans have always confused me. Hitler killed 1/3 of the population of my people on the planet and while we have no desire to spend much time in Poland, I have no problem with Germany. They have actually become a model peaceable democracy and have a very strong sense of responsibility for their older relatives’ deeds. Isn’t a great life in America enough? You can say that I have Israel but I don’t speak Hebrew. I speak Spanish.

    Obama’s wildly popular in Colombia (Para ellos Bush es “el anticristo”) which has a far right-wing government in the Republicans’ pocket. Same with Peru.

    Here in Panama, obviously, our PRD has a very close relationship with the Democratic Party in the US and you can imagine how we feel about the Clintons, considering Bill effectively liberated the country. The Dems have a different nominee and everyone’s fine with him.

    Please explain something I noticed during the primary season. From where did this African-American animus to Spanish-speaking people come from? Certainly not from Obama. And it wasn’t the majority, just enough nutcases to make it noticeable.

    Was it purely because of HRC’s strong vote totals against Obama in the USA?

    Furthermore, why does there persist among these same nutcases in the US, Black and White, this hostility to the Clintons. They’ve been campaigning for Obama. The Clintons are Democrats. Of course, they support the Democrat in the race.

    Is this an American thing? Everybody needs someone to hate or something?

    I’ve tried explaining how diverse the Spanish-speaking community is and how there is no shortage of native Spanish-speakers whose orientation is Latin but whose skin and features are African.

    I can’t imagine any Spanish-speaking American supporting McCain after some of his “locuras”. Building a giant Berlin Wall to imprison those Latinos already in USA and keep the rest out. His performance in Colombia was vile. And this business of quartering troops in Colombia for an attack on Venezuela I’ve already written about.

    @ Kaiser: I beg to differ with you about Spanish-speaking House members. I like Velazquez, Roybal-Allard, Serrano and Becerra quite a bit, as well.

    What kind of bugs me also is that while Cubans have an open invitation to come to America and I assume Venezuelans too, although none want to because the Ven economy is too strong, Colombians and Peruvians are not given US visas because they’re supposed to “like to live in States which support the USA.”

    I think the whole Cuban thing is kind of weird. It seems that Bush has created a kind of Stalinist Communist dictatorship in America! Guess why successful Cuban-Americans are always bellyaching. They know that the USA is the 2nd biggest communist country on earth and Raul Castro has already said “Cuba’s now open for business.”

    I have lots to learn obviously, but one thing has troubled me over the W years. I’ve really come to dislike Americans: it’s all kind of true what we say “asquerosos, maleducados, groseros…” Bill Clinton made me really proud of my USA BA and Master’s and my unaccented English. Now, I have no patience. And the funniest thing is that Americans who come to live here for work or to retire REFUSE to learn Spanish while preaching about multi-lingual signs in the states.

    And please don’t get me started again about colin powell! I think Bush and Cheney just had some messed-up greedy plan. Powell kills for the sport of it.

  • 11 Joe Cano // Aug 13, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Eyes Of Texas is desperate because he knows he is a dying minority in this country. All respect to my Cuban brothers, but when are you going to stop whinning about Cuba. The Miami crowd will never and I mean never roll into Havana as returning heroes. Too many busness from countries that have not lost thier minds have deleveloped businesses and there is going back. When are your going to stop and refering yourselves as refugees and call yourselves Americans like the rest of us Latinos that have help to build this nation. This why the rest of us Latinos laugh at the Cubans for thier delusion of superiority over the rest of us. Batista was a thug that was in with the mob. There was no democracy in Cuba prior to Castro and unfortuneatly none now. Grow up and stop whining idiota ! No one is listening.

  • 12 Irma // Aug 14, 2008 at 9:15 am

    I dont believe the Obama campaign answered the Sanctuary questionairre. Why havent they posted it ?
    I cant find it anywhere.

  • 13 webmaster // Aug 14, 2008 at 9:53 am


    I just communicated with a blogger who is active in The Sanctuary. He informed me that they are releasing the answers today.

    I believe that their goal in waiting was to give McCain an opportunity to respond as well as some of the third party candidates.

    I think that we are all anxious to see what the answers are. Hang tight!

  • 14 Ivan // Aug 14, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Please check the link to this video were US Secretary of Commerce and Former CEO of Kellog’s Sr. Carlos Gutierrez talks to the California Latino Coalition for McCain Victory 08 this past Friday.
    Its a great speech and interview and I hope it can be helpful for all of you.

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