Democratic nominee candidates Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, Tom Steyer and Pete Buttigieg urged Latino voters Thursday to defeat President Donald Trump in the November elections and end their “disastrous” policies.
This meeting, organized in Las Vegas by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), brought the Democrats together to discuss issues of interest to the nearly half a million Latinos qualified to vote in Nevada in the caucus next 22.
Sanders, a national favorite among Latinos, with 30% voting intention, ahead of 22 percent of Joe Biden and 11 of Elizabeth Warren, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey, intervened through videoconferencing and it was resounding in saying the need to unite against Trump.
“No matter who wins the nomination for the Democratic nomination, we are all going to work together in a common effort so that Donald Trump does not pass a first term,” said Sanders, who said he believes he speaks for all applicants.
In this regard, Buttigieg opted to unite the country, to “galvanize and not polarize,” and said Latinos can play an important role.
Nevada will be the first stop of the electoral appointments to elect the Democratic candidate to the White House where minority groups will have a significant weight, after the “white” Iowa and New Hampshire, in which Sanders and Buttigieg came out as winners.
Klobuchar, who was surprised to be third in the New Hampshire primary, with 19% of the vote, said that “decency to the White House” must be recovered, while for Buttigieg it is necessary to “repair” the democracy of the country.
In this meeting in which each applicant had about 30 minutes to answer questions from the organizers and the public of Nevada, where almost 30% of the population is of Latin origin, Steyer stressed that Trump is the “worst president” and the ” most corrupt in US history “
Klobuchar said it is important to “sit down at the table” and do it “without hating each other.”
Beyond the figure of the president, the candidates strongly criticized their policies, especially in immigration matters.
While Steyer said that legal migration should be encouraged and the border controlled but with a totally different approach to Trump: “We must demilitarize the border and get rid of the wall.”
Sanders also joined the criticism of the wall and also said that it is necessary to establish a humanitarian migration system that treats people with “respect and dignity.”
In this regard, Buttigieg and the senator from Minnesota said that the separation of families at the border is inadmissible and there must be a path for citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants who are estimated to live in the country.
UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE
Where there was a greater difference in approaches was in health coverage.
While Sanders endorsed his idea of mandatory universal coverage for all Americans, which he said was a “right for everyone, including undocumented immigrants,” Steyer and the former mayor of Bend (Indiana) were opposed to his plan.
Both share the idea that a universal but “voluntary” public plan is created.
“I don’t believe in ‘It’s my way or in any way,'” Buttigieg said about the need to find a middle ground between the “revolution” and the “status quo” in this matter.
Steyer, the first to intervene, said he was the only candidate for whom the climate is his first priority, and criticized the Trump administration’s lax policies in environmental protection.
The environment is one of the priorities of Latino voters, especially in Nevada, where, according to a survey this week, climate change is the issue that most worries Hispanic voters.
Buttigieg also criticized Trump’s measures in this matter and Sanders said that “climate change is a national emergency” and that it is necessary to deal with laws that promote clean energy.
In this election cycle, the biggest concern of Latinos nationwide is the economy, one of the strengths of Trump’s re-election campaign.
But Steyer said Trump “lies” when he talks about this matter, because those macroeconomic data hide that people “cannot live” with the jobs generated by the current economy and the current minimum wage is an “insult,” he said.
“I think Americans have the right to a salary that allows them to live,” said the businessman, who said the economy fostered by the president “only” works “for the rich.
He agreed with him, Klobuchar, who said that not the whole country feels that economic boom.