McCain Ad: Biden Thinks Mexicans Are "Dysfunctional"

11/01/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

John McCain's effort to win the Hispanic vote continued Wednesday with a new Spanish-language TV ad his campaign says will air in Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico, along with a sister radio version.

"Fraudulent" accuses "Barack Obama and his allies in Congress" for killing immigration reform, which is interesting, given that McCain famously took back his own support for the same immigration reform during primary season -- ultimately declaring in one debate that he would not vote for his own proposal if given the chance.

Elsewhere, the ad seeks to stir resentment against the Democratic ticket by citing a Joe Biden comment describing Mexico as having a "dysfunctional society." The original story, published by the Des Moines Register, suggests that Biden was criticizing Mexico's government for not building up the country's middle class:

U.S. Senator Joe Biden of Delaware passionately declared Sunday with passion that the key solution to illegal immigration begins not with the U.S. government, but with Mexican government officials who must expand their economy to provide good jobs for their citizens.

"They're being irresponsible. This is the second-wealthiest nation in the hemisphere, we're not talking about Sierra Leone," the Democratic presidential candidate said. "This is a dysfunctional society."

Here's the ad:

Full script:

ANNCR: So what's worse? That Barak Obama and his allies in Congress killed immigration reform?

Or that their immigration attacks were called "unfair" ... "absolutely and directly wrong" ... and even "fraudulent" by the press.

Or that Obama and his liberal allies think the U.S. has an immigration problem because Mexico is a quote, "dysfunctional society".

They've said no to us long enough. This election, let's tell them no.

JOHN MCCAIN: I'm John McCain and I approve this message.

ANNCR: Paid for by McCain-Palin 2008 and the Republican National Committee.