Republicans target Hispanics with voter suppression ad
David-Phillips | October 19, 2010 at 11:40 amby
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Latinos for Reform, is run by Robert Desposada who is a conservative political consultant and political analyst for Univision. The ad targets Hispanics, and in Nevada, Hispanics are the largest minority voting block and most are expected to vote for Senator Reid this November.
Sharron Angle has said that she is against comprehensive immigration legislation, which Senator Reid supports, Angle supports the change of the 14th Amendment that basically says that anyone born in the United States, is a citizen of the United States, and Reid supports the Constitutions 14th Amendment as it is, and Angle supported the anti-immigration legislation passed in Arizona earlier this year, and Reid opposed it.
So it is quite obvious as to why Republicans are trying to quash votes from Hispanics.
Voter suppression is a political strategy designed to influence the outcome of an election by discouraging or in some cases by preventing people from exercising their right to vote completely. This is not new, republicans have used various voter suppression strategies for decades mostly against African-Americans and low income neighborhoods.
The Nevada Latino Chamber of Commerce and various Latino leaders in Nevada have denounced the ad, and they have asked that the Angle campaign denounce the ad as well, and ask the promoter of the ad not to run it. There has been no response from the Angle campaign to these requests at this time.
You can watch the ads by clicking this link (for some reason I cannot upload the videos directly to the story), one is in English and the other is in Spanish.
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