Friday, June 18, 2010

Whitman launches ads on Spanish-language TV stations - latimes.com

Whitman launches ads on Spanish-language TV stations - latimes.com

Meg Whitman launched two ads on Spanish-language television stations Thursday, part of an effort to woo Latino voters turned off by the Republican gubernatorial nominee's tough talk about illegal immigration during the GOP primary.

One of the ads highlights Whitman's opposition to a controversial Arizona law that compels police to check the immigration status of those stopped on suspicion of a crime. It also says Whitman opposed Proposition 187, the 1994 California ballot measure that would have denied taxpayer-funded services to illegal immigrants. The other focuses on jobs and the economy.

But she did not broadcast those stances in tens of millions of dollars in ads in her primary battle against Steve Poizner, who made illegal immigration a central issue. Instead, Whitman's ads emphasized that she would be "tough as nails" on illegal immigrants, and condemned amnesty, sanctuary cities and some taxpayer benefits.

"Illegal immigrants are just that, illegal," she said in an ad that featured her campaign chairman, former Gov. Pete Wilson.

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