PRESS RELEASE from the Democratic National Committee (and response from McCain campaign, below)

For Immediate Release
July 29, 2008

Contact: Luis Miranda

Obama for America and Democratic National Committee Announce Unprecedented $20 Million Commitment to Engage and Mobilize Hispanic Voters

Washington, DC
- Senator Barack Obama's Presidential campaign together with the Democratic National Committee today announced an unprecedented $20 million commitment to engaging and mobilizing Hispanic voters for the November election at a press conference with Senator Ken Salazar (D-CO), Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), Congresswoman Hilda Solis (D-CA) and Congressman José Serrano (D-NY). The historic announcement comes as a new Pew Hispanic Center survey finds Senator Obama holding a strong lead, 66-23, over his Republican rival John McCain among registered Hispanic voters. Today only 26 percent of Hispanics identify as Republicans while 65 percent say they are Democrats, a 39-point party ID gap. [Pew Hispanic Center, 7/24/08]

Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus joined representatives of the Obama campaign and the DNC for the official announcement, which followed a briefing on the campaign's Hispanic outreach program for 150 Latino community leaders from around the country at Party headquarters.

"Senator Obama is honored to have earned a strong lead among Hispanic voters, but neither he nor the Democratic Party is taking a single vote for granted," said Frank Sanchez, Obama for America National Hispanic Leadership Council Chairman. "We know we have a lot of work to do, and this bold and unprecedented commitment to engaging and empowering Hispanic voters in our political process is an important step toward the November elections."

"This important commitment builds on the work we've done in the Democratic Party over the past three years to engage Hispanic voters, and to reject the Republican Party's politics of division," said DNC Chairman Howard Dean. "Hispanics are often disproportionately affected by the negative consequences of the failed Bush-McCain policies affecting every American. Whether it's about John McCain's promise to continue the same Bush economic policies that have led to a decline in median income for Hispanic households and a rise in unemployment, or the same foreign policy that has made Americans and our allies less safe while emboldening anti-American sentiment across the globe, Hispanic voters are looking for change."

The unprecedented $20 million commitment to engage and mobilize Hispanics will include voter mobilization, voter registration, online organizing, community outreach and paid advertising. Part of the effort will also include "Camp Obama" trainings around the country, which will empower Hispanics with the organizing tools and information they need to engage and turn out voters in their home neighborhoods and states. Both the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee also have Hispanic staff involved at every level of the campaign, from field organizers to senior roles.

Senator Barack Obama's campaign has already spent more on Hispanic outreach than any presidential campaign before it, and now the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee will join together in this unprecedented initiative to continue promoting engagement and mobilization among Hispanic voters and build on already overwhelming Hispanic support for the Democratic party and Senator Obama.

"Hispanic voters are already seeing the contrast between Senator McCain's campaign of the past and Senator Obama's campaign of change, hope, and opportunity," said DNC Hispanic Caucus Chair Ramona Martinez, "this remarkable commitment will help us continue to highlight that contrast."


PRESS RELEASE from John McCain 2008


For Immediate Release

Contact: Press Office

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

ARLINGTON, VA -- Today, U.S. Representative Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL) issued the following statement on Hispanic outreach efforts:

"Unlike Barack Obama, John McCain doesn't need an introduction to the Hispanic Community.  John McCain has been working for more than two decades for the values, principles and issues Latinos cares about.  Hispanics will elect the next President of the United States based on who has the best record, experience and is better prepared to move this country forward.  John McCain wants to keep taxes low for hardworking families, and small business owners, Barack Obama has stated he will raise taxes.  John McCain has an energy plan, and wants to lower gas prices, Barack Obama has no plan.  John McCain always put this country first, Barack Obama changes his mind depending on the political calendar."