September 19, 2008
John McCain's newest Spanish-language television commercial calls out Barack Obama for his vow to meet with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez "without preconditions." The campaign says the ad will air in Florida, where it seems designed to remind the state's significant Cuban voter population of Obama's vow during the July 2007 YouTube primary debate to meet with the leaders of Cuba, as well as Iran, North Korea, Syria and Venezuela.
At the time, Hillary Clinton called Obama's statement "naive"; McCain has expressed similar criticism.
The ad shows Chavez saying, "Go to hell, you filthy Yankees," and threatening that "If any aggression were to come against Venezuela, then there will be no oil for people or the government of the Unites States!"
"Do you believe we should talk with Chavez?" the ad's announcer asks after those clips.
"We, you filthy Yankees, know that we are resolute to be free, no matter what happens, and at any cost!" Chavez continues.
"In November, you decide" the ad concludes.
This ad is the latest salvo in a Spanish ad battle that began last Friday when the McCain campaign released a TV message in Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico that blamed Obama and Senate Democrats for the failure of comprehensive immigration reform. Democrats and immigrants rights groups called the ad misleading. It continued with Obama ads in the same states that tied McCain to anti-immigrant comments by radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, which the McCain campaign called "offensive."
No word yet on the topic of new Spanish-language commercials that the Obama campaign has said it will release next week in the Sunshine State.