WASHINGTON, June 6 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The race to the White House is in full gear. With the tense political atmosphere, the remaining presidential nominees need to sway Latino voters in swing states. Hispanics tend to reside in key battleground states, such as Florida and Texas that have traditionally been the focus of the candidates. The Pew Hispanic Center, a nonpartisan research organization, stated, “Hispanics constitute a sizable share of the electorate in four of the six states that President Bush carried by margins of five percentage points or fewer in 2004 — New Mexico (where Hispanics make up 37% of state’s eligible electorate); Florida (14%); Nevada (12%) and Colorado (12%). All four are expected to be closely contested once again in 2008.”
The pulse of Latino voters may be best observed this summer at the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Convention where an estimated 15,000 political, community and business leaders will unite in the nation’s capital to discuss the impact of the Latino vote that will take center stage at this year’s presidential election.
“This election year is a true reflection of the increased mobilization of Latinos,” said LULAC National President Rosa Rosales. “Each of the presidential nominees is clearly vying for the Latino vote, as our voting power has been a crucial factor in the last decade.”
Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain provided a statement to LULAC regarding the highly anticipated 2008 presidential election. “Over the next five months, we will debate the future direction of our country. In the end, the American people will recognize that I am ready to act to protect our country, grow our economy and reform our government. I appreciate the opportunity to share my vision for the future of America at the LULAC National Convention and look forward to participating.”
The theme for the 79th annual convention, America’s Latino Community Center Stage, will highlight the importance of Latino voters and their determination of the next U.S. President at a crucial time during a poignant presidential election.
“Every year, the LULAC National Convention brings to light the current and pressing issues that face Latinos,” stated Brent Wilkes, LULAC Executive Director.
At the forefront of the American people, concerns are raised about affordable healthcare and housing. Healthcare is a grave concern within the Hispanic community and has been ushered with a need for an immediate solution. Democratic presumptive nominee Senator Barack Obama stated, “I want to stop talking about the outrage of 15 million uninsured Hispanics in this country, the largest group of the uninsured in the U.S., and start actually doing something about it.”
Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton provided LULAC with their Top Ten Issues Facing Latinos, which will be discussed at the Convention.
Scheduled for July 7 through July 12, 2008 in Washington, D.C., which is also the headquarters for LULAC, visitors can attend a FREE Expo and career fair which boasts hundreds of exhibitors. Appearances from Senators John McCain, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are expected; additionally, there will be an impressive lineup of nationally recognized speakers and presenters, along with world class entertainment.
The League of United Latin American Citizens advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 700 LULAC councils nationwide.