Friday, July 20, 2007

Power at the Polls: Clinton & Obama at Latino La Raza while GOP are 'No-Shows"

The National Council of La Raza, which calls itself the nation's largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization, hopes to increase Hispanic political power by persuading more people to vote.

That tops the agenda at the group's annual conference Saturday through Tuesday at the Miami Beach Convention Center, where Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama are expected to be big draws.

The Republican presidential contenders are expected to be no-shows at the second major gathering of Hispanic leaders in Florida this year. None of the Republican candidates -- but all of the leading Democrats -- addressed the National Association of Latino and Elected Officials in Orlando last month.

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