Kennedy praises Obama on immigration
MONTEREY PARK, CA — Sen. Ted Kennedy spoke Spanish. It wasn’t pretty, but it got the message across. “Un voto por Obama es un voto para la gente!” the senior Massachusetts senator told a crowd on the campus of East Los Angeles College. Kennedy spoke of Obama as a transformational leader, and made a direct appeal to Hispanic voters by highlighting his work on labor and immigration issues in the Senate. He also attempted to bridge the Hispanic and African American divide by linking the debate over immigration reform with the fight for civil rights. “There are those [voices] in the floor of the United States Senate that were similar to the voices that I heard in the 1960s — the voices of discrimination and bigotry and prejudice,” Kennedy said. Obama, he added, has stood with him throughout the effort.
Published on 02/02/2008 16:44:30