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Republicans Tell Latinos: Vote The Person, Not the Party

La Opinion, Posted: Sep 05, 2008

ST. PAUL, MINN. -- Many Latino groups havecondemnedthe Republican platform for what they consider its anti-immigrant language, but party leaders at the Republican National Convention sent one message to the Latino electorate: vote for the candidate and don't fret so much over the party. Rafael Bijar, national director of the McCain Latino outreach effort, told Impremedia that voters are finally "electing a president, a person, not a party.Immigration isn't the only issue of concern to Latinos". He added that Latinos "are also interested in the economy and free trade and John McCain supports all of these issues." This message has been repreated constantly by spokespeople, politicians and Latino delegates at the Convention.

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