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Hillary Clinton burnishes ties to Latinos at Los Angeles event
scpr.org ^ | November 09, 2013 | Frank Stoltze

Posted on 11/09/2013 7:05:32 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe

Hillary Clinton has not declared herself a candidate for president in 2016, but her schedule — including another stop in Los Angeles on Saturday — has heightened speculation that she is planning another run for the White House.

Clinton smiled broadly as she took the stage at the Town and Gown Ballroom at the University of Southern California Saturday morning.

"Thank you very, very much," Clinton said as the crowd continued to clap loudly. "Wow."

She was there to accept an award from the Mexican American Leadership Initiative, or MALI, which seeks to encourage cross-border philanthropy and dialogue between Mexicans and Mexican-Americans. Clinton took the opportunity to remind the mostly Latino crowd of her deep ties to the community – dating back to her days as a teenager working with migrant farmworkers in Illinois.

“It was such an extraordinary experience for me,” she said of her time caring for farmworkers’ children.

Prominent Southern California Mexican Americans looked on, including former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina, and Tom Saenz, President of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Clinton, who is considering a run for president in 2016, also urged Congress to pass immigration reform.

"Part of the obvious argument for immigration reform is that we are a country of immigrants, and we should be celebrating that rather than fearing it," the former First Lady, former U.S. Senator and former Secretary of State said. The crowd erupted again. A couple of the Latino waiters pulled out their cellphones and snapped pictures of the Democratic superstar.

In selecting Clinton for an award, MALI co-chair David Ayon said the group was impressed with her decision to encourage Mexican Americans to become more involved in supporting Mexico. It's something many have been reluctant to do amid ongoing anti-immigrant sentiment and a feeling that they need to prove their loyalty to America, he said.

"Having the support, the endorsement, the encouragement of the Secretary of State really just blew away those inhibitions," Ayon said.

Latino voters favored Clinton over Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic Party primary by nearly a two-to-one margin, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. They are an important base of support for her.

L.A. City Councilman Gil Cedillo was an early support of Obama, and traveled across the country urging Latinos to back him. He attended the ceremony at USC, and answered a reporter's question about whethere there are any lingering hard feelings towards Clinton.

"That’s a good question," he said. "Its been asked. But I think that’s over."

Latino leaders from outside California also attended the event, including San Antonio-based architect and real estate developer Henry Munoz, III. He raised big money for Obama in 2008, and currently serves as the first-ever Latino finance committee chair of the Democratic National Committee. Asked if he’d support Clinton for president, he was coy.

"I am a person who believes that the next president of the United States ought to be a Democrat," Munoz said.

Also in attendance: former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros, who served under President Clinton, and former Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez, a Republican who served under President George W. Bush. Both are trustees of the US Mexico Foundation, which runs the MALI initiative.

Despite his party affiliation, Gutierrez heaped praise on Clinton.

"I admire her," he said. "She is not an extremist, and I think extremism on both political sides is a big problem today in this country."

The event was one of several Clinton has attended recently in the Los Angeles area. She received the Global Champion Award from the International Medical Corps Friday night in Beverly Hills.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: california; maldef

1 posted on 11/09/2013 7:05:32 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe
"Benghazi" is her middle name.
2 posted on 11/09/2013 7:11:35 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
I've been to Chappaqua and the surrounding area...it's not far at all from Greenwhich,CT.I've driven past her house,in fact.very,*very* posh area.I can guarantee that the only Hispanics that get within 20 miles of Chappaqua are wetbacks doing landscaping work.She courts their vote but will have nothing to do with them in private life.
3 posted on 11/09/2013 7:17:01 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: All

“Thank you very, very much”

the article can’t be right. in front of Hispanics she would have said “gracias, gracias, sometimes you gotta live mas.


4 posted on 11/09/2013 7:20:23 PM PST by willywill
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To: Tailgunner Joe

What kind of accent did she use this time?


5 posted on 11/09/2013 7:22:33 PM PST by NonValueAdded (It's not the penalty, it's the lack of coverage on 1 Jan. Think about it.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Did she speak with a fake Mexican accent?


6 posted on 11/09/2013 7:23:21 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: NonValueAdded

Heh heh, GMTA.


7 posted on 11/09/2013 7:23:39 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Wow, I never heard of a Pig feeding Slop to Sheep before.


8 posted on 11/09/2013 7:24:45 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Good news, Federal Funding for my Tagline has been restored. Crisis averted.)
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To: dfwgator

We ain’t no ways taking a Siesta?


9 posted on 11/09/2013 7:25:32 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Good news, Federal Funding for my Tagline has been restored. Crisis averted.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Was she wearing a sombrero?


10 posted on 11/09/2013 7:25:37 PM PST by Zuse
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To: FReepers; Patriots







But Not this American

11 posted on 11/09/2013 7:27:24 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
May I pause momentarily for a reality check? Anyone, like the author of this story, who still may have doubts she's running, doesn't touch the ground with both feet.

She's running. She's been running for months. The administration and media will cover for her on Benghazi. It doesn't make any difference how much noise House Republicans make about it, the major media will silence it. It will be ancient, forgotten history for low information voters (that now includes the majority.)

The only scenario I can think of that will stop her is if Obama can figure out a way to appoint himself Dictator before the election.

12 posted on 11/09/2013 7:28:23 PM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: Tailgunner Joe

She got her rapist co-conspirator to pardon terrorists when she was running for spring-board I mean Senator of New York. It’ll be interesting to see what she gets Obama to do. “I want KSM pardoned for the Arab vote Barry or I will tell them the truth about your days as a male prostitute”


13 posted on 11/09/2013 7:30:32 PM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (What do we want? Time travel. When do we want it? It's irrelevant.)
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To: dfwgator
"I don't feel no ways tired. I come too far from where I started from. Nobody told me that the road would be easy. I don't believe He brought me this far."

"No siento ninguna manera cansados​​. Puedo ir demasiado lejos de donde empecé. Nadie me dijo que el camino sería fácil. Yo no creo que me trajo hasta aquí."

14 posted on 11/09/2013 7:30:54 PM PST by NonValueAdded (It's not the penalty, it's the lack of coverage on 1 Jan. Think about it.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Hitlery es una Pinche Puta.


15 posted on 11/09/2013 7:33:09 PM PST by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

The Arkansas State Police had a Hispanic profiling lawsuit during the Clinton era.


16 posted on 11/09/2013 7:36:41 PM PST by Scram1
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To: Tailgunner Joe
In selecting Clinton for an award, the group was impressed with her decision to encourage Mexican Americans to become more involved in supporting Mexico.

Right.

17 posted on 11/09/2013 7:47:04 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Bernard Marx

Castro, Clinton meet in California Saturday - November 9, 2013 - “I don’t want to play the speculation game. There’s not a person in America who can predict what’s going to happen in 2016.”

18 posted on 11/09/2013 8:01:48 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I wonder if this explains the numerous police escorting a string of black SUV’s and other black cars driving very slowly Friday night up the 405 freeway from LAX to around Wilshire Blvd. it was right beside me, taking up the car pool lane for a long time in rush hour. If I’d known it was Hillary I would have gestured — in a friendly manner, of course.


19 posted on 11/09/2013 9:12:25 PM PST by Moonmad27 ("I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way." Jessica Rabbit)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Spawn of Fidel???


20 posted on 11/09/2013 9:13:03 PM PST by batterycommander (a little more rubble, a lot less trouble)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

What is the pic of over the fireplace? The guy who says Badges? Badges?


21 posted on 11/09/2013 9:16:22 PM PST by batterycommander (a little more rubble, a lot less trouble)
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To: batterycommander

It’s the Dalai Lama. He’s a role model for liberals becasue he gave his country away to communists and then ran away.


22 posted on 11/09/2013 9:42:20 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Big hitter, the Lama.


23 posted on 11/09/2013 9:43:13 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Bernard Marx

I’m not willing to concede victory to them yet - it doesn’t do any good to moan, groan and complain about what the media will or won’t do. We have to get the jump on this NOW - post anything negative you can about the witch on our facebook pages - emails, whatever - let’s get ahead of the game rather than wait until 2016 and try to play catch up after the media has destroyed our candidate. We must for once - be proactive - the Paul and Paulette Reveres - as Mark Levin says. Just posting on your f/b and others will do the same and we can hit the ground running before her thighness is elected - I’m sure she will have access to all the tricks the zero administration pulled to win both elections - however, we shouldn’t go down without a fight.


24 posted on 11/09/2013 9:46:26 PM PST by Catsrus (A)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

In 2016, Hillary will be 70 years old.


25 posted on 11/09/2013 11:37:02 PM PST by make no mistake
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To: make no mistake

Will she go grey in 2016 or still be bleaching?


26 posted on 11/10/2013 12:45:29 PM PST by batterycommander (a little more rubble, a lot less trouble)
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