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    DNC: McCain Holds Town Hall Meeting... In Private ... 782&EDATE=

    DNC: McCain Holds Town Hall Meeting... In Private

    Late Night Gathering Raises Questions, Where Does McCain Stand on Latino

    WASHINGTON, June 19 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- John McCain held a
    town hall meeting with Latinos in Chicago, Illinois last night, but unlike all
    of his other town hall meetings, this one took place behind closed doors. One
    hundred pre-screened Latinos were bused in to Chicago for the meeting, but
    community leaders like Eluid Medina, who heads a neighborhood networking
    group, were kept out according to a news report. Medina told Diario Hoy that a
    conversation on the challenges Latinos face, "can't be partisan, the problems
    affect us all as a community and the meeting should have been open." [Diario
    Hoy, 6/19/08]
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    McCain's closed-door town hall meeting with a pre-screened audience comes
    as recent polls show John McCain has a problem with Latino voters. A recent
    NBC/WSJ poll "showed Hispanics breaking for Obama 62%-28%" and "a new survey
    of 800 Latino voters from 21 states finds that 60% of them plan to vote for
    Obama versus 23% for McCain." [MSNBC First Read, 6/17/08]
    Thus, even in a pre-screened audience, McCain could not avoid tough
    questions. According to Hoy, Republican Precinct Committeeman Abraham Romero,
    who was invited to attend, said he hoped to ask Senator McCain what his plans
    are for undocumented immigrants. [Diario Hoy, 6/19/08] In recent weeks McCain
    has tried to have it both ways on immigration reform, declaring his belief in
    the need for comprehensive immigration reform to court Latino voters, but
    often in the same sentence appeasing conservative anti-immigrants by saying
    he'll pursue an enforcement-first approach, very different from comprehensive
    reform. [, 5/22/08; Stockton Record, 5/25/08]
    "After countless public town hall meetings with a variety of voters,"
    asked DNC spokesman Luis Miranda, "why is John McCain holding a town hall
    meeting with Latinos late at night, behind closed doors, and only with a pre-
    screened audience? Latinos and all Americans deserve real answers on where
    John McCain really stands. He can't both support comprehensive reform and
    enforcement-only, he can't promise change while offering a third Bush term on
    everything from Iraq to the economy, and he can't expect Latino voters to
    trust him while he'll only address their issues in private."

    2006: McCain Championed The McCain-Kennedy Earned Legalization Immigration
    Bill. McCain campaigned for the McCain-Kennedy bill which was described as
    "the most generous of the bills now before Congress." The legislation "would
    legalize as many as 11 million undocumented immigrants" and "grant temporary
    work permits to illegal immigrants and then after waiting six years and paying
    a $2,000 fine, it would enable them to apply for green cards." [Miami Herald,

    2008: McCain Said He Would Oppose the Legislation He Authored With
    Kennedy. Asked whether he would vote for the immigration legislation he
    previously sponsored, McCain eventually replied, "No, I would not." [CNN GOP
    Presidential Debate, 1/30/08]

    2006: McCain Said an "Enforcement First" Strategy Focusing Only on Border
    Security is an "Ineffective And Ill-Advised Approach." "In April [2006], the
    Senate overwhelmingly passed, in a bipartisan fashion, a comprehensive
    immigration reform package designed to secure our borders as well as address
    the economic need for workers in our Nation. In passing this legislation, the
    Senate rejected the argument for an 'enforcement first' strategy that focuses
    on border security only, an ineffective and ill-advised approach. Congress
    cannot take a piecemeal approach to a national security crisis. I believe the
    only way to truly secure our border and protect our Nation is through the
    enactment of comprehensive immigration reform. As long as there is a need for
    workers in the United States and people are willing to cross the desert to
    make a better life for their families, our border will never be secure."
    [McCain, Congressional Record, 9/29/06]

    2007: Presidential Candidate McCain Touts Securing The Border First. In
    2008, McCain said, "And our proposal has got to be securing the borders first.
    The American people have no trust or confidence in us that we would secure the
    borders." In November 2007, McCain argued, "I want to assure you that I'll
    enforce the borders first." [CNN Larry King Live, 2/14/08; CNN/YouTube
    Republican Presidential Debate, 11/28/07]

    2008: Trying to Have it Both Ways, McCain Calls For Comprehensive
    Immigration Reform AND Enforcement First Approach. In California at "a
    roundtable with business leaders" McCain said "that comprehensive immigration
    reform should be a top priority for the next president." [,
    5/22/08] But McCain is also campaigning on an enforcement first approach, very
    different from comprehensive reform. "I believe we have to secure our borders,
    and that our border need to be secured first" McCain told an audience in
    Stockton, California. In that same speech he claimed to "believe that we need
    a comprehensive approach... After the borders are secured, and the border
    state governors -- including the governor of this state -- certify that the
    borders are secure..." [Stockton Record, 5/25/08]


    2003 & 2005 & 2007: McCain Co-Sponsored The DREAM Act. McCain co-sponsored
    versions of the DREAM Act in 2003, 2005, and early 2007. [S 1545, introduced
    7/31/03; S 2075, introduced 11/21/05; S 774, introduced 3/6/07]

    NOW in 2007: McCain Skipped Vote On DREAM Act But Said He Would Have Voted
    Against Bill That He Co-Sponsored. "Last week, McCain skipped a Senate vote on
    immigration legislation called the DREAM Act - Development Relief and
    Education for Alien Minors. He then said he would have voted against the bill,
    even though he was a co-sponsor." [Myrtle Beach Sun-News, 11/2/07]

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    So much for open and transparent campaigns. Only politicians with things to hide move behind closed doors. Way to gain the trust of the people Johnny.
    Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!

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    Obama has held events by invitation only too
    "Distrust and caution are the parents of security."
    Benjamin Franklin

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    John McCain is a slippery snake!! He tells the American people one thing, then goes behind our backs in private to tell OBL's he'll introduce immigration reform, which we all know as amnesty, as soon as he is in office. This creep deserves lose all the votes on both sides of this issue.
    RIP TinybobIdaho -- May God smile upon you in his domain forevermore.

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