Saturday, June 30, 2007

Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate at Latino Conference in Orlando; Republicans Ignore Latinos

"These guys are basically writing off Hispanics," said Joe Garcia, a Cuban-American who heads the Democratic Party's Miami-Dade County chapter. "And this is a state where you can't win without Hispanics."

Republican presidential candidates made a major miscalculation this week by skipping the nation's largest gathering of Hispanic elected officials.
The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed officials [NALEO] opened its 24th annual convention Thursday at Walt Disney World, with top billing for a Democratic presidential candidate forum today.

Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio (R) criticized vocal anti-Hispanic groups in the Republican party. Rubio challenged those who opposed the immigration bill, including many of the Republican presidential candidates to offer their own solution..."The Democrats have gotten a free pass on this because of all the attention paid to clowns like Tom Tancredo," Rubio said referring to the Republican congressman and presidential candidate who recently called Miami a "Third World country."

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