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Kennedy Promotes Obama on L.A. Hispanic Radio

Radio personality Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo, the influential Univision Radio DJ who helped fuel the summer of 2006 immigration protests, is telling his Hispanic listeners to get out and vote.

His campaign, "Si no votas, nos botan," which translates to: "If you don't vote, they will throw us out," comes just days before his L.A. base votes in California's Super Tuesday primary. (Thank you commenters for translation help.) New York, New Jersey, Arizona and New Mexico other states with large Hispanic populations are also voting that day.

"Now, more than in the past, the politicians can open their eyes and note that they need our vote to get to the White House," Piolin said today in Spanish.

He issued his admonition the same day he hosted Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) on his Spanish-language radio show "El Piolin por la Mañana," giving Kennedy 20 minutes to plug the campaign of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), who he endorsed on Monday.

Obama's chief rival for the Democratic ticket, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) is the overwhelming favorite among Hispanic voters and enjoys close ties with the Hispanic community and the support of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

But Kennedy's appearance with El Piolín, who reaches more listeners than Howard Stern, Rush Limbaugh and Tom Joyner, according to Arbitron ratings, could help Obama close the gap. Kennedy, a champion of immigration rights who is highly popular in the Hispanic community, called out Obama's support and participation in the immigration rights marches on the show.

Kennedy's appearance was one in a series of stops he will be making in New Mexico and California in the coming days on behalf of Obama. Both Clinton and Obama were interviewed on Sotelo's show two weeks ago.

-- Ilene Rosenblum

By Eric Pianin |  January 31, 2008; 5:00 PM ET
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You need a better translator.
"..., nos botan" means they'll kick us out."

Posted by: Mercedes Olivera | January 31, 2008 5:34 PM

"Si no votas, nos botan," does not translate to: "If you don't vote, we will throw you away,"

It translates to "If you don't vote, they will throw us away".

Posted by: vadillo | January 31, 2008 5:57 PM

Hey Teddy. Who would Mary Jo endorse?

Posted by: rg019571 | January 31, 2008 6:09 PM

The Latino vote is holding the Clintons up right now. If the Latinos jump ship, Billary is done.

Posted by: Lilly1 | January 31, 2008 6:14 PM

I think it's great to get people out to vote. I just wish the message also included something about the importance of doing some research before voting - voting is a right and a responsability.

Posted by: Lisa | January 31, 2008 6:18 PM

Fire your translator.

Posted by: Noel Lopez | January 31, 2008 7:34 PM

Kennedy wants the inexperienced neophyte Obama to win. Why? Hillary does not need Kennedy to govern. She has her own machine. If Obama wins, after the empty rhetoric of "change," he will need to default to some group in the Democratic Party to actually try and get things done -and Kennedy will be waiting with open arms.

Posted by: Paul NY | January 31, 2008 8:11 PM

His campaign, "Si no votas, nos botan,"

which translates to: "If you don't vote, we will throw you away,"


You need a better translator.
"..., nos botan" means they'll kick us out."

Posted by: Mercedes Olivera | January 31, 2008 05:34 PM

Please fire your translator and hire Mercedes Olivera. She got it right. ;-)

Quien fue el analfabeto que les tradujo esto?

Es una verdadera tristeza que con tantos hispanos en los Estados Unidos, el Washington Post no pudo encontrar a una sola persona que puediera traducirles correctamente.

En la proxima, avisenme, estoy a la orden. Totalmente gratis.

Now, going back to the subject at hand.

Ted Kennedy doesn't have the same clout that Dolores Huerta has in the Hispanic community.

He can get on the radio and say whatever he wants to say in his broken spanish, but it won't make a difference.

Hispanics are solidly behind Sen. Hillary Clinton and/or Sen. McCain.

End of story.

Hispanics 4 Clinton. Aqui, NO-bama..!

Posted by: Spiffy | January 31, 2008 11:01 PM


True, the translation is totally wrong. It say "if you don't vote, they'll kick us out".

It's a great slogan with a cool phonetic twist. In Spanish the 'v' is pronounced almost like a 'b' so that 'votas' sounds like 'botas'....they're equating the words like saying 'no vote= no stay'. They almost sound the same.

Whoever wrote is a great marketer. It sticks with you.

Posted by: AG | February 1, 2008 12:01 AM

At least the Democrats aren't changing their story to suit Hispanic voters, They voted for Immigration Reform, and Hispanic's are follies if they vote for Republicans.

"Now McCain Backs Criminalization. McCain backed criminalization to save his struggling Presidential campaign. According to the AP, "Republican presidential hopeful John McCain on Thursday backed a scaled-down proposal that imposes strict rules to end illegal immigration but doesn't include a path to citizenship...Among other things, the bill makes being in the country illegally a criminal misdemeanor and toughens penalties for re-entering after being deported." [AP, 8/2/07]"

Posted by: Easy Rider | February 1, 2008 12:08 PM

I have been a Clinton supporter all my life. I am a regular person with no political ties to anyone or anything. However, as a Hispanic-American, with parents originating from both Puerto Rico and Mexico, and born in the city of Chicago, I had been waiting for one of the democratic candidates to make a stand for immigrants/undocumented workers in this country. All along I felt Obama had not made a clear stand or an effort to be a voice to human beings in this country who either by choice or no choice of their own, are in this country without documentation, but long to be citizens, long to be treated like human beings, long to have the resources and means to learn English, and are tired of the exploitation, and finally, abhor the labels and bigotry of being called aliens--they are not aliens! They are people: Men, Women, and Children. America's people! Last night's debate changed my entire perception of Obama, and I will state why at the end of this commentary. But first, I would like to say that anyone of Hispanic/Latino decent is motivated by four major things: God, Family, Work, and Brotherhood. This is the message of our ancestors, of our parents, and grandparents alike. It is who we are! We are a people here in America willing to work and pursue the American dream for the sake of bettering our lives and the lives of our families and friends. Being Latino/Hispanic, whether we are American-born or here without documentation, is embracing all races--we are a people consisting of a mixed ancestry of European, African, Native of North, South, and Central America, Natives of the Caribbean, and in many of our parents' native countries we even have Asian influence and blood. White, black, and brown blood runs through our veins, so when we are persecuted by whites and we are persecuted by blacks, in essence, they are persecuting themselves. However, many whites and blacks in America have not grasped this concept because there are certain powers that be that have for many years focused on dividing us, instead of bringing us together like brothers and sisters. If you grew up in a Hispanic/Latino home, then you understand that we are black, white and brown. Our mothers can be white, yet our fathers can be brown or black. Our grandparents can have blue or green eyes, yet our children can be brown with brown eyes. What unites us is our love for our family, which transcends all color. For hundreds of years, we have embraced all colors within our culture because it is who we are. My appeal to whites, blacks, Asians, and whoever else, is to stand with me as family and as my friend, and choose the candidate who will unite us as one people. Choose the candidate who will uphold human and civil rights. Choose the candidate who will stop dividing us and blaming one group for problems of this country. Unfortunately, as a Hispanic-American, I feel the rhetoric utilized by the media and republican candidates has alienated an entire people who identify as Latinos/Hispanic Americans by focusing on just the illegal immigrants by the border, which tend to be of Latino/Hispanic decent. The rhetoric is filled with so much hate that even though, I am an American, working for a very large company, making almost a six figure salary, I am still affected wherever I go, where there is large anti-immigrant sentiment, like in the South and even the state of Michigan now. There are other large populations of immigrants here illegally all over this country who are not of Hispanic/Latino decent. Chicago's largest population of illegal immigrant's is not Hispanic/Latino. However, we cannot blame only Republicans for this mess. Democrats were the first to call for a deportation of immigrants here illegally. Who will be the party who will truly look out for the best interest of human-beings who have lived unjustly in this country for decades, but sacrifice it all to make a better living for their children? Yes, many of them here illegally, but they are mothers, fathers, and children. Human beings like you and me: Black, brown, white, etc.

The undocumented worker or immigrant here illegally can be white, black, brown, etc. They can look like Obama, Clinton, or Chavez. The undocumented worker or immigrant here illegally could haven been your Polish grandmother at some point, or could have been your Jamaican mother. You ask me how do I know this? It is because I still meet these polish and Jamaican immigrants here illegally, everyday. I marched with them side by side during the marches in Chicago, where I met Senator Obama. However, the media did not focus on our unity. The media also, downplayed the fact that many who marched during the immigrant rights' rallies are legal citizens of the United States of America with voting power. And our voice will be heard during the primary and general elections. Therefore, as true democrats, the illegal immigrants' fight, is our fight. So understand when we blame immigrants who are here illegally on our country's economic issues that is truly a scapegoat. Anyone who encourages you to believe undocumented workers are the root of our economic crisis is diverting you from the real truth. The truth is our country's economy has been destroyed by this unjustified war, tax cuts for the rich, and a bad administration.

I am tired of our people being labeled as the cause of economic instability and job loss for the African-American community and other groups, overall. This prevalent misconception has been an evil that has caused division within the black and Latino community for a long time. Being Latino is being black; it is also being brown and white. Finally, understand that speaking Spanish in addition to English does not make you inferior; it makes you more competitive with other countries. Just ask other countries that mandate for all of their citizens to learn at least 3 languages. America, as a leader, should want to embrace higher education and pursue multiple-linguistic capability. In interviews, I used to hear Obama define himself as a Hybrid person. Well, being Latino is being Hybrid--having mixed ancestry and multi-lingual capabilities. We have known this for hundreds of years. We will need to come together in order for the right candidate to get elected. If we do not, then I assure you the hope will die, as the power will be handed back to the Republicans come November.

During last nights debate, to my surprise, only one candidate stood up entirely for the illegal immigrants in this country and for Latino values. It was Senator Obama. He got it. Hilary did not. Senator Obama clearly dismissed the idea that blacks in America have economic and job loss due to illegal immigrants. His message was powerful, heartfelt, and sincere. He stated the economic issues are due to other causes and that placing blame on illegal immigrants was a method of scapegoating, diverting from the truth. Senator Clinton, on the other hand, with her comments, encouraged blacks and whites to continue to believe their economic issues are due to the undocumented workers and therefore we need a comprehensive solution to illegal immigration. Her comments reinforced the notion of divide and conquer. Yes, I agree, we need a solution; we need a humane solution that would bring justice to a people who have no voice and who live being lynched at border and exploited everyday. They are being punished because they want a better life. They need a solution that would put them on a path to obtain citizenship quickly and as humanely as possible. Obama asked us to unite. Obama stated that in Chicago he saw whites, blacks, and Hispanics, alike, losing jobs due to our failing economy. He did not blame illegal immigrants. I felt his appeal was to the black community, especially to discourage them from buying into the lies Americans have been fed. A call to action for blacks to unite with Latinos. It is the only way he can win the nomination and general election.

I have never been an Obama supporter, but I was proud of Obama last night. He finally made a stand, publicly. However, he will need to do so much more, as he has waited too long in the game to show his support for us. Furthermore, his wife will also have to make a sincere effort to connect with the Hispanic/Latino community. At this point, she comes off to many of my black and Latino friends as elitist and high class society. She also comes off as only attempting to connect with the black community. Obama has made it clear that Michelle Obama is the rock of his family, which shows she will have a lot of influence over his decisions. Therefore, as Latinos/Hispanics, we would like her to show how sympathetic she will be to the cause of illegal immigrants in this country and civil rights for Hispanics. We would like her to sit down with Hispanic families, and have conversations with Latina mothers, especially those struggling with being deported and leaving their children behind. I would like to hear and see Michelle's reaction. Or is it true that she some Hispanics in Chicago found her unapproachable, as an article in the Washington Post suggests? I think this may be untrue of Obama, as he was very approachable when I met him at an immigrant rights rally in Chicago; he also gave a moving speech at this rally. I always wondered why his speech at this huge rally in Chicago was not featured in the media. Was it by his choice that the media was unaware of his intention to speak at this rally or was the mainstream media trying to downplay the importance of this rally?

Finally, Hillary's comments about undocumented workers were not moving to me. She is trying to appeal to white and black voters as well, who are influenced by the lies about illegal immigrants. She thinks she has the Hispanic vote in the bag and needs black and white supporters, probably those who had been supporting Edwards, in order to win this. She demonstrated to me last night; she's a straight up politician. She was very politically correct and made it seem like she was also pro-immigrant, but she just told voters what they wanted to hear.

Posted by: lanegrita_jg | February 1, 2008 2:50 PM

Robert F. Kennedy once remarked:

"All of us, from the wealthiest and most powerful of men to the weakest and hungriest of children, share one precious possession: the name 'American.' It is not easy to know what that means. But in part to be an American means to have been an outcast and a stranger, to have come to the exiles' country, and to know that he who denies the outcast and stranger among us at that moment also denies America."

During the debate Thursday night, Barack Obama echoed RFK when he said, to applause, that arguments about how the inner-city unemployment of blacks is related to the influx of immigration is a case of "scapegoating" immigrants.

Hillary, fresh from her campaign of racial coding in South Carolina, countered by claiming--against all evidence--that voters needed to realize that immigrants do take the jobs of low-income Americans.

America is tired of the arrogance, corruption and lack of that elusive thing called grace that characterized Bill Clinton's "co-presidency" with Hillary.

Clean slate !!!
Barack Obama,
'08 !!!

Posted by: Martinedwinandersen | February 2, 2008 1:13 AM

Obama's campaign is making a special effort in diverse communities of voters, and many leaders have joined this effort. .

Community leaders say these areas, will produce votes. We all know that the poor are eager to have a new leader in Washington who will work hard for them and for the millions of Americans that dream of a better future.

Leaders from the past would have identified themselves with Obama's dream. Among them, we can remember the struggles of Cesar Chavez worked tirelessly in the California fields and was able to stitch together a constituency that went beyond class and ethnic lines and formed the first farm labor union in the United States.

Who remember that Chavez, through hunger strikes, protested against the violence used against the union's members in California. Many other leaders that identified with Chavez's quest were there when Robert F. Kennedy went to the San Joaquin Valley to support Chavez and said: "I am here out of respect for one of the heroic figures of our time - Cesar Chavez..."

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., also supported Chavez' movement and sent him a telegram that read: "You and your valiant fellow workers have demonstrated your commitment to righting grievous wrongs forced upon exploited people. We are together with you in spirit and determination that our dreams for a better tomorrow will be realized."

Many leaders were born emulating these great men. During this campaign, I have often asked myself which candidate best represents the hopes and dreams of Robert F. Kennedy Martin Luther King, and Cesar Chavez. After reviewing newspapers and reminiscing my own experiences from the 1960's I am sure that all of them would have supported Barack Obama.

Obama, like Martin Luther King Jr., has, demonstrated his commitment to righting grievous wrongs, and also dreams of a better tomorrow. Obama, like Cesar Chavez, also struggles for justice and a better future for all Americans.
I know which candidate Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert F. Kennedy and Cesar Chavez who have supported. Let's all join and give our support to Barack Obama.

Posted by: esther_624 | February 2, 2008 10:34 AM

Ethel Kennedy, Robert Kennedy's widow, announced her endorsement of Obama today- according to the Obama web site.

Posted by: Munir1 | February 2, 2008 8:14 PM


Posted by: TONY | February 3, 2008 12:32 AM

Clean slate with obama? The biggest fairytale to hit the airwaves.
MEMO: New Information
To: Interested Parties
From: Mark Penn, Chief Strategist
Date: Sunday, February 03, 2008
Re: New Information

Just yesterday I noted that people had very limited information on Sen. Barack Obama as we go into millions of people voting on the two candidates.

And then in the last two days we see three stories that illustrate the point very clearly about what Sen. Obama says about his views and record and what journalists find when they dig into the facts:

1) The New York Times on its front page explains how Sen. Barack Obama told voters he stood up to the nuclear power industry and how he passed a bill to require reports of any radioactive leaks after hearing from his constituents. But The Times discovers, after a lengthy examination, that the bill was watered down after meeting with Exelon, the company whose plants created the issue and whose key executives are big contributors and bundlers to his campaign. Answering written questions for the NY Times, the campaign, in the words of the paper, never "directly" explains why Sen. Obama would tell voters he passed a bill that in fact was not passed and did not become law.

2) The Chicago Tribune features a similar story on a different topic. While Sen. Obama on the stump tells people about the plight of Maytag workers who lost their jobs, ("Obama's fundraising collides with his rhetoric") the Tribune documents that the union covering those workers believes they got no help from the Senator, who was again taking significant contributions and bundling from one of the company's directors and biggest investors.

3) And yesterday there was an AP story where Senator Obama told the voters of Idaho: "And then there are people who say, 'Well, he doesn't believe in the Second Amendment,' even though I come from a state -- we've got a lot of hunters in downstate Illinois. And I have no intention of taking away folks' guns." But he didn't disclose to those voters, as the AP said that "he does support gun control and has a record of voting for it in the Illinois Senate. He backed limiting handgun purchases to one a month, but he made no attempts to ban them." When he originally ran for the state legislature 12 years ago, he filled out a questionnaire saying he "supported banning the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns." He gave the voters of Idaho no indication whatsoever of either his record in the State Senate or his prior views on the questionnaire.

Posted by: sjl | February 4, 2008 9:49 AM

You claim Michelle at this point, she comes off to many of my black and Latino friends as elitist and high class society.

Gheez, who are your friends? permament underclass? The veil of stereotype and elitism is surely in their limited perception of black people.

News alert! Bill and Hillary have identical backgrounds as the Barack and Michelle's.

Bill and Barack were raised by single parents, after there father left their mother (as a fact bill's father was abusive). Both attended Ivy league schools and went into public service.

Hillary and Michelle both came from middle-class background. Hillary's father was a businessman and his wife a homemaker. She was raised in all-white Burr Ridge. She attended Ivy league school.

Michelle Father was a civil service and mother an educator. She was raised in Chatham a stable all black enclave. She also received an ivy league education.

The problem is you think all black women are as they are protrayed on B.E.T?

Posted by: megan | February 10, 2008 1:25 PM

Ted Kennedy stood yelling himself hoarse while cam-Pain_ing for Obama in Mass. Did he forget 1994, when he was running for Senator against Mitt Romney, and most likely if not for Bill and Hillary Clinton he would have lost the election. Isn't it enlighting that the citizens of Mass. choose to vote for Hillary Clinton for their next president over Obama, even with the endorsements of Ted Kennedy and John Kerry?

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