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Mr. Obama made an appearance at the convention last year as he was gearing up for the Democratic primaries.

Although he has a shorter relationship with the Hispanic community, Mr. Obama points to his work as an activist registering voters in Chicago and to his participation in the May 2006 immigrant rights marches to show the depth of his commitment.

In his address to LULAC earlier this week, Mr. Obama challenged Hispanics to turn out to vote. Hispanic voters routinely represent a smaller percentage of their population than other ethnic groups.

“While I know how powerful a community you are, I also know how powerful you could be on November 4th if you translate your numbers into votes,” Mr. Obama said.

Mr. McCain, meanwhile, must prove to the audience that he is the same senator who has backed them for years. In an address to NCLR 20 years ago, he warned Americans against pressing too hard for English-first policies.

Last year, however, he voted for an amendment that would have made English the national language, a step that Hispanic rights groups vehemently opposed.

In addition, he has changed his rhetoric since an immigration reform bill failed last year and now discusses the need for border security before a legalization program can be discussed. In the process, he has worried Hispanic leaders who say his policy sounds akin to the stricter Republican proposals Mr. McCain has opposed in the past.