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McCain and Obama court Hispanic voters

With an estimated 9.2 million Hispanic voters poised to play a critical role in November, John McCain and Barack Obama each pledged Saturday to make immigration overhaul a priority as they courted influential Hispanic leaders whose votes could be pivotal in key swing states like Florida.

''It'll be my top priority yesterday, today and tomorrow,'' McCain said.

Speaking an hour later, Obama credited McCain with championing immigration reform that included a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, but accused his rival of abandoning the cause as he courts the conservative base of the Republican Party. The rivals both support comprehensive reform, though McCain has lately emphasized a need to first secure the nation's borders.

''What [McCain] didn't mention is when he was running for his party's nomination, he walked away from that commitment,'' Obama said. ``If we are going to solve the challenges we face, we can't vacillate, we can't shift depending on politics.''

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Ambivalence

Obama is making many mistakes...walking away from prior liberal positions, especially public financing. It shakes one's confidence in his statements. A president cannot afford this ambivalence..it sends mixed messages and can lead to preemptive actions by our enemies. It can also lead to losing support from those who are not mesmirized but are watching what he does.We are not all sheep.

jaguar

"We can't vacillate, we can't shift depending on politics." Ohhh, the audacity of hype.
Does Obama even know the meaning of the word hypocrite? Does he think Americans don't have ANY memory of his abandoning pledges regarding Rev. Wright or public campaign finance or renegotiating NAFTA or immediately withdrawing from Iraq? All of Obama's pledges have an expiration date.
He is not just another politician, but he lies better than most.

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