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McCain finds more time in schedule for Hispanic groups

Last summer, when John McCain was vying for the Republican nomination, he and and most of his rivals were no-shows at two major Hispanic conferences: the National Council of La Raza in MIami and the National Association of Latino Elected Officials in Orlando.

But with the general election five months away and Hispanic voters poised to play a pivotal role, McCain has cleared his schedule. Last month, he said he would attend the La Raza conference in San Diego in July, and today NALEO announced his RSVP to its June 28 gathering in Washington.

Democrat Barack Obama will also address both groups.

"We're delighted that Senators McCain and Obama will meet directly with Latino officials who represent millions of Americans across the country, said NALEO President Adolfo Carrin, Jr. "Latino voters are going to play a decisive role in the general election and the community is ready to hear both candidates make their case.''