McCain veers from record to woo Hispanics

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On Saturday, Mr. McCain instead called for “a temporary worker program that is verifiable and truly temporary.” In doing so, he put himself squarely with President Bush, whose main objection to the 2007 bill was that it made future workers also eligible for permanent residence at the end of their work periods.

During his brief opening speech, Mr. McCain was interrupted three times by protesters angry over the Iraq war. Each time they were booed and shushed by the audience as they were being escorted out, and Mr. McCain received a long standing ovation at the end of his prepared remarks.

“That makes me feel very wonderful to have such a wonderful reception,” the senator said.

While they greeted Mr. McCain with respect, though, they embraced Mr. Obama, with the crowd chanting his name as he took the stage. It was a good sign for the Democrat, who had trouble winning Hispanic votes against Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic primaries.

A recent AP-Yahoo News poll found Mr. Obama holding a lead over Mr. McCain among Hispanics, 47 percent to 22 percent with 26 percent undecided.

While Mr. McCain called for humane treatment of illegal immigrants, Mr. Obama explicitly called for citizenship rights to be granted to them after they pay fines, show they are trying to learn English and get in line for permanent residence.

He also said he opposes “jacking up fees” for legal immigration, saying it pushes would-be immigrants to cross illegally. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services charges fees based on the cost of processing and raised those fees last year.

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