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For months, John McCain has been renouncing his earlier legislation for comprehensive immigration reform, and — like his opponent Barack Obama — generally avoiding the hot-button topic on the campaign trail. Now, McCain has two new videos aimed at Hispanic and other immigrant voters.

The first is a Spanish-language TV ad that claims that it was really Democrats, including Obama, who sabotaged last year's bipartisan immigration overhaul by voting for 'poison pill' amendments. Immigrant advocates say the McCain ad is misleading; yes, the convoluted bill was drawing fire from the left by the bitter end, but they blame overwhelming Republican opposition for its demise.

The second video will air during tonight's Alma Awards broadcast. The video starts with a gauzy montage of black and white photos of earlier immigrants, and laments that they are too often "objects of fear" instead of "symbols of hope." While giving no details, McCain says he will make immigration a "priority" by addressing it in a way that's "practical and fair."

Why the switch? It's hard to see these ads as much more than grasping at straws given the dismal standing polls give McCain among Latino voters.

On the other hand, maybe 'immigration' isn't quite the dirty word it's been thought to be in politics. NDN (formerly the New Democrat Network) just came out with a poll of voters in the battleground states of Colorado, Florida, Nevada and New Mexico, all with large — though varied — Latino populations. It finds solid support for a 'path to citizenship' for undocumented immigrants, something you'd never guess from hearing most stump speeches over the past year.

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oh man michelle malkins head is going to explode now

Sent by michael | 7:05 PM | 9-12-2008

"michelle malkins head is going to explode"

So will my own, along with several million residents of AZ who are sick, tired and fed up with the illegals turning our beautiful state into a cesspool.

Sent by Scott in Arizona | 12:26 PM | 9-14-2008

Will The Republicans Hijack The Public Again?

Will Americans be as gullible in 2008 as they were in 2000 and 2004? I'm afraid that is exactly what is happening. I remember being sold a bill of good by George W. Bush. Bush sold us a product that turned out to be defective and there was a sold as is with no return and no refund sold with it. Are the Republicans really selling us something new or is it the same old thing repackaged? This time around Americans need to take a harder look at what the Republicans are trying to sell us. McCain has picked a running mate that truly frightens me. He and the Republican Party are trying to sell her to the public as an experienced politician based upon her short tenure as a mayor of a small town and governor of the 47th smallest state. He equates this experience as readiness for world leadership yet he will not even let her campaign alone and field questions, and recently when she finally did campaign alone she would not take questions after her speech! She has a decided lack of political experience, and as shown in her interviews, has little to no understanding of world political scene. Someone with absolutely none of the foreign policy or national security experience -- or even exposure -- that he has said a president must have? What does this say about his decision-making ability? Yes, she is a woman, a pretty face with a charismatic aura about her but these are not qualifications to be Vice President or potentially President. In addition, her interviews and speeches have pointed out some startling parallels to the characteristics of President Bush, which have gotten us into the demise we are now in. Bush has/does act like a pit bull also-- Stubborn, ruthless, and only interested in self-survival. One governor like this is enough in the Whitehouse. Just like Bush she is willing to lie and stretch the truth if it gets the party to the Whitehouse, as evidenced by her repeated reference to the bridge to nowhere, and the misrepresentations her positions. Like Bush removing people who didn't agree with him, she is vindictive toward anyone who does not agree with her as seen in her handling of the Trooper gate affair and how she intimidated the librarian; Like Bush she will do things her way come hell or high water; she also will do the same thing Bush has done and that is hire cronies regardless of qualifications, Like Bush in Washington, Palin in Alaska, was running an administration that "puts a premium on loyalty and secrecy." Wow, that's just what we need, another administration that won't tell us what's going on.
I also believe her religious beliefs will interfere with her impartiality to do the job she could be elected to do. We do not need another administration that is more interested in party politics than people's problem. We do not need an administration that tells the public what they want to hear and then forgets about them when they get in office, but rather an administration that hears the public and governs utilizing that public input.
It is truly unfortunate that a man like McCain would compromise his values, morals, and ethics to become President. So much for "I'd rather loose the election than compromise my principles." It's to bad that McCain would turn to such negative campaigning when he espoused running a positive campaign. It's to bad that he would tarnish his image by capitulating to the party and selecting a running mate that did not meet his stated criteria. The so-called maverick is yielding to the party insiders. This will not produce change; this will produce more of the same bad politics. The recent decisions by John McCain ,raise profound questions about his judgment and independence.
What is boils down to is that McCain/Palin do not have the where-with-all to run Washington.

Sent by James Kammerzelt | 1:37 PM | 9-14-2008

Thank you James Kammerzel for saving me all that typing. You give words to those inner fears that griped me after I saw her first speech at the Republican convention. She is a piece of bad art, that you only know when you see it.

Sent by scott burton | 2:55 PM | 9-14-2008

That was a long reading, Mr. Kammerzelt. Thanks!

I would vote for Senator McCain because he is a good man, but not when we are in crisis like where we are now, not unless he keeps standing against assaults on principles based on which this nation was founded.

I admire both Democratic doctrine and Republican doctrine, but I just love Republican doctrine especially when it presses on individual's responsibilities. As a true Republican, I believe in responsibility based on principles.

Our government has been conducting irresponsibly, and that drags us into the crisis we are facing. We need change.

Sent by Kim | 8:04 PM | 9-14-2008

During the last Presidential election,Bush (Republicans) were the uniters,would not get involved in nation building,would work towards a nonpatisian congress,etc.etc. Bush later said that it is OK to say anything to get votes. This appears to be the new rule so anything goes! Buyer Beware!

Sent by Richard Head | 11:12 PM | 9-14-2008

Hey, don't worry about it, Repubs... after all, remember that the media will only ever apply the "flip-flopper" smear if one happens to be seated on the left side of the aisle.

Dodged a bullet there, McCain!

Sent by Kasreyn | 10:11 AM | 9-15-2008