Sunday, June 23, 2024

John McCain: "Immigrants are God's children too"

In his new ad John McCain tries to strengthen his ties to the Latino community without directly addressing the issue of immigration. But reinforcing his statement that immigrants are “God’s children”

Conspicuously timed amid a slew of appearances in front of prominent Latino organizations, John McCain released a new ad today in Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada, praising Latinos for serving in the U.S. military and alluding to immigration reform.

God’s Children(subscription) replays comments McCain made at a 2007 primary debate. “When you go to Iraq or Afghanistan today,” McCain says, “you’re going to see a whole lot of people who are of Hispanic background” — including some “who are not even citizens of this country, who love this country so much that they’re willing to risk their lives in its service in order to accelerate their path to citizenship and enjoy the bountiful, blessed nation.” He concludes by encouraging viewers to “remember that these are God’s children.”

“God’s Children” is the latest part of McCain’s balancing act on immigration reform — reassuring conservatives that he will secure U.S. borders while also reaching out to immigrants and helping them become legal citizens. He released a set of Spanish-language radio ads last week, recently toured Mexico and Colombia and is set to release a five-minute video filmed in New Mexico that also targets Latinos.

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