Friday, June 20, 2008
The Huffington Post reports that Senator John McCain assured Hispanic leaders he would push through Congress legislation to overhaul federal immigration laws if elected to a group of Latino leaders who attended a private meeting with him yesterday. Democrats questioned why the Arizona senator held the meeting late Wednesday night in Chicago. But supporters who were in the room denied that McCain held the closed-door session out of fear of offending conservatives, many of whom want him to take a harder line on immigration. "He's one John McCain in front of white Republicans. And he's a different John McCain in front of Hispanics," complained Rosanna Pulido, a Hispanic conservative who attended the meeting. Pulido, who heads the Illinois Minuteman Project, which advocates for restrictive immigration laws, said she thought McCain was "pandering to the crowd" by emphasizing immigration reform in his 15-minute speech. "He's having his private meetings to rally Hispanics and to tell them what they want to hear," she said. "I'm outraged that he would reach out to me as a Hispanic but not as a conservative."
UPDATE For Political Punch's Jake Tapper's perspective on John McCain's "dual" consciousness, click here.