LAS VEGAS -- Olivia Diaz's political commentary began soon after her family settled in their cozy living room on Sunday night to watch the first presidential forum in the nation's history targeting Hispanics.
"He speaks Spanish," she whispered during the introduction of Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.). Her two sisters and their parents, who immigrated from Mexico, were enjoying being courted and uncommitted, and nodded.
But Diaz, a 28-year-old teacher, pursed her lips in disapproval when Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) defended her vote to construct a barrier at the border with Mexico. "A wall won't solve the problem," Diaz said later.
"They never said, 'Why Mexico and not Canada?' " he said, sounding disappointed.
"Why don't they just say they don't want Mexicans to come in?' " asked his daughter, Marisa. "They don't want us."
"They want our votes," Olivia Diaz said.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
"A Family Weighs Democrats' Latino Credibility" (with audio)
WaPo with audio (03:59):