A few weeks ago, I posted on the survey created by the Sanctuary, that was sent to both presidential candidates, asking them questions on Latino and immigration issues. Both candidates, who have spent much of their recent time courting the Latino vote, were given until July 31st to respond to the survey.
Today, four days past the deadline, the Obama campaign has sent in their response, but the McCain camp has stopped answering phone calls from members of the Sanctuary.
By the July 31st deadline, only the Obama campaign had responded to the survey. The Sanctuary conducted extra follow-up with McCain’s campaign headquarters via e-mail and telephone to investigate their failure to meet the deadline.
“The first phone call I placed was answered cordially. I was told that someone would get back to me. I never heard back from anyone,” said Sanctuary editor Kety Esquivel of CrossLeft, who has appeared on CNN to discuss the questionnaire. “The second time I called, the person I was speaking with hung up and the third time I called the line was disconnected.”
“It is clear to me that the McCain campaign is not interested in speaking to the issues,” said Sanctuary editor Maegan Ortiz of Vivir Latino. “We believe that they owe it not only to us to respond to the questionnaire, but to their base.” The Sanctuary has stated that it will give the McCain campaign until midnight, August 6, to respond to the survey.
With Latino communities across the country suffering increased hate crimes, racial profiling, high drop-out and teen pregnancy rates and the deterioration of our nation’s healthcare, it is time for both candidates to step up and answer the tough questions.
The Sanctuary, along with the rest of the Latino community, deserve more than empty political promises or being ignored by a campaign that says it wants the Latino vote but doesn’t want to give them the time of day.
Below is the video of Kety Esquivel’s appearance on CNN to discuss the survey: