Obama Campaign Looks to Turn Arizona Blue

Friday, December 02, 2011

Traditionally thought of as a Republican stronghold that most past Democratic candidates haven't even bothered with, the Obama campaign is actively courting Arizonans for 2012. The campaign has opened offices in Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff and recruited a Latino candidate for Senate. The state's booming Latino population, combined with the state legislature's crackdown on illegal immigration, has opened the possibility for a bluer Arizona.

Buzz Conover is senior political reporter at Arizona Public Media. Dee Dee Garcia Blasé is the founder and co-president of the Tequila Party, an immigrant advocacy group, as well as the former president of the Somos Republicans.

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Hostile? Did Scott Brown win in "hostile" Massachusetts?
The Democrats seem to take bizarre pride in focusing on ethnicity and cultural divisions and how they can milk every last drop of political advantage, money and power from people by pandering to them and then promptly abandoning them until the next election.

Dec. 02 2011 10:38 AM
Angel from Miami, FL

"Latinos" is another name for Mexicans. There's a lot of them in the US but there are many more non-Mexican Hispanics in the country too. Their concerns don't center around illegal immigration - wanting reform but no wide-open borders. One thing is a migrant farm worker looking for work and another thing is a college graduate from the southern Americas offering to do high-salaried work for bargain prices.

In South Florida there seems to be no issue with getting Hispanics to vote. Half the politicians here are Hispanic. And, in the style of Miami, they're no different than their Anglo or Black predecessors... they're just as dirty.

Dec. 02 2011 09:47 AM
Tony contreras from Tucson

Blah blah!!!!!. All obama wants is latino voters for his reelection. He dont care about latinos. He is a liar. Where is inmigration reform, more deportations on his administration. How come we can trust again..No way !!!! !!!. I been in,this country 12 years working bell to bell., waiting for inmigration reform and nothing, paying taxes no felonies and guess what? He dont care

Dec. 02 2011 09:19 AM

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