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Elections: Don’t Forget Latin America

La Opinión, Posted: Aug 18, 2008

LOS ANGELES–The images of Barack Obama in Europe and the Middle East made one activist wonder why the candidate has not visited Latin America. In a commentary for La Opinión, Randy Jurado Ertll, executive director of Pasadena’s Center for Social Action, writes that, unlike John McCain, Obama has yet to form any relationship with Latin American leaders. President George W. Bush was able to improve his image among Mexican Americans through his regular meetings with Mexican authorities as governor of Texas, and he won the presidential election in part due to his success at attracting Latino votes. Obama can’t afford to take Latino votes for granted, he writes. The presidential candidates don’t need to speak Spanish, he notes. They just need to let Americans know where they stand on trade, migration, investment and poverty in Latin America. They need to talk about these issues, he writes, if they are going to reduce the factors that lead millions of people in Latin America to migrate to the United States.


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