Friday, July 19, 2024

McCain: "I risked political suicide for immigration reform"

Republican presidential candidate John McCain, speaking Monday to the National Council of La Raza convention, reminded Latino leaders he risked “political suicide” in his two failed attempts at comprehensive immigration reform – and rebuked Sen. Barack Obama’s suggestion that McCain flip-flopped on his own legislation when it became unpopular.

McCain addressed Obama’s criticism head on, saying that while both candidates have addressed a trio of influential Latino groups this week, “I did not use those occasions to criticize Sen. Obama. I would prefer not to do so today.”

But he added he must “correct the record.”

“At a moment of great difficulty in my campaign, when my critics said it would be political suicide for me to do so,” he said, “I helped author, with Sen. Kennedy, comprehensive immigration reform and fought for its passage

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