"This was not a secret meeting," said Rafael Rivadeneira, a vice chairman of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of Illinois, who was among more than 150 Chicago-area Hispanic leaders who attended. "There was nothing he said that they wouldn't want people to hear."What McCain told these guys is that he
Other attendees said they were not so sure.
"He's one John McCain in front of white Republicans. And he's a different John McCain in front of Hispanics," complained Rosanna Pulido, a Hispanic and conservative Republican who attended the meeting.[The Associated Press: McCain meets with Hispanic leaders, McCain meets with Hispanic leaders, By MICHAEL TARM — 18 hours ago]
would push through Congress legislation to overhaul federal immigration laws if elected, several people who attended a private meeting with the candidate said Thursday.Mickey Kaus writes
If McCain is going to sell out his party's conservatives, renege on his primary campaign repositioning and return to his righteous push for "comprehensive immigration reform," wouldn't it be better to do it in public than in a closed-door meeting, where it looks like a guilty, furtive secret pander? ... P.S.: And The Corner stays silent! ...Also check out Jake Tapper's interview with Rosanna Pulido, a patriotic Hispanic mentioned above, who was not only a member of the original Minuteman Project, but is also an Illinois representative of "You Don't Speak For Me," a patriotic immigration reform group that insists on the rule of law, unlike La Raza.