November 18th, 2008
08:00 AM ET

What will 67% of the Latino vote get you?

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Marisa Trevino
Latina Lista

The importance of the Latino vote is now an irrefutable fact. Not because Barack Obama was able to garner 67 percent of the Latino vote versus Sen. McCain’s 31 percent, but because Latinos turned out in record numbers in key battleground states turning the electoral college tide in Obama’s favor....

Since this is politics, the kind of support Latino voters gave the Democratic Party did come with strings attached. The big question is does that payback come in the form of a key Cabinet position going to a Latino/a or can it be satisfied with the Obama Administration addressing in his first 100 days an issue that was among the top three for Latino voters...


Filed under: Barack Obama • John McCain • Raw Politics
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  1. Max

    A stressful job and a lot of responsibility????

    November 18, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  2. Ruben

    Kathi... besides being a racially charged remark... your stupidity is showing... Are all white people from the same place? All Latinos are not mexican... plenty have fought for this country and many are doctors, layyers, police, firemen and others that serve and protect. I am hispanic ... married an Irish woman and have Italian and Jewish son-in-laws... get over yourself. And if you are not an indigenous Indian you or your family came from another place other than the US, what makes you think you have more rights than other immigrants.

    November 18, 2008 at 1:36 pm |
  3. Jackie in Dallas

    What will 67% of the Latino vote get you...elected in a contraversial election, obviously. President Elect Obama needed that vote to get elected. The real question is, what will President Obama do for the Latinos? That remains to be seen...but if he can get the economy back on track, slow the bleeding of American jobs to offshore, and work on healthcare initiatives, ALL of those will affect the Latino population.

    Carita, must you be so negative? Yes, most of the financial advisors he has have been involved in financial institutions, and yes, LA has been chronically plagued with finance issues, but that may have been EXACTLY why Villaragoisa was selected. You want people who have dealt with financial problems when you are facing the worst economic situation for this country in nearly 100 years! If nothing else, Villaragoisa can certainly point out what WON'T work!

    November 18, 2008 at 11:45 am |
  4. Sharon Kitchen

    way to go Latinos.
    Also , way to go Native Americans. The large vote of this race of First Peoples of Turtle Island has yet to be mentioned. The Crow Nation adopted Obama before the election. This was indeed an honor for him. Obama will be a good president.
    Now......................the work begins.
    All races together.

    November 18, 2008 at 11:35 am |
  5. Larry

    Well, you did give the world Lorena Ochoa.

    November 18, 2008 at 9:44 am |
  6. Caritia

    Obama named Antonio Villaragoisa to his financial cabinet. As most people in the cabinet are heads of financial institutions, and Villaragoisa is the mayor of the city of Los Angeles, a city constantly financially mismanaged, it is believed that Villaragoisa was appointed not for his financial management skills but because it was payback for his campaigning for the Latino vote.

    November 17, 2008 at 7:53 pm |
  7. Kathi Fullerton Calif.

    What 67% of the Latino vote will get us is GREAT Mexican food.

    November 17, 2008 at 7:46 pm |