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Meg Whitman Courts Hispanic Vote In New Ad

Huffington Post     First Posted: 06/17/10 02:04 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 05:50 PM ET

Having secured the GOP nomination for California Governor in this November's election, Meg Whitman is moving away from the conservative posturing of the primary campaign and attempting to appeal to the state's massive Hispanic population. Though she was largely silent on the matter up to this point, Whitman is now playing up her opposition to Arizona's controversial immiigration law. To this end, she has released her first campaign ad in Spanish, which will run during today's World Cup match between Mexico and France, according to LA Observed.

Politico provides some translation:

"She respects our community," says the ad's narrator, according to a Spanish text provided to La Opinion's Pilar Marrero. "She's the Republican who opposed the Arizona law and opposed Proposition 187," say the ad, referring to the 1994 initiative -- later ruled unconstitutional -- to bar illegal immigrants from receiving public health care and education.

The ad marks a dramatic tack a way from a primary in which Whitman was at times visibly uncomfortable with her campaign's hard line, denying at one point -- mistakenly -- that her campaign was airing ads with images of a boarder fence.

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