March 5, 2008


McCain: Every vote is in play: The Arizona senator and nominee-designate vows to compete for states and constituencies that Republicans have written off in the past. (Maeve Reston, 3/05/08, Los Angeles Times)

McCain vowed to compete in states Republicans have written off and to reach out to "communities of all ethnic backgrounds and income levels."

Before his victory Tuesday night, McCain told reporters it was time to broaden the campaign beyond the narrow scope of the Republican primaries. "We will contest every constituency in America -- whether they be workers; whether they be Hispanic, whether they be African American -- we're competing for their vote."

In recent days, McCain has frequently emphasized that he will try to win California. His advisors believe his work on the controversial immigration legislation that included a path to citizenship for many of the nation's illegal immigrants will provide an inroad to Latino voters, particularly in the Golden State.

During a stop in San Antonio on Tuesday morning, McCain disputed a reporter's suggestion that Democrats would have an advantage with Latino voters this fall. He said his advocacy for free trade, equal opportunity and small-business initiatives, as well as his strong anti-abortion record, was "in keeping with the hopes and dreams and aspirations of the Hispanic community."

"I intend to do very well, and I know we are doing very well," he said.

As importantly, Senator Obama is doing poorly.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 5, 2008 6:50 AM
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