Obama Makes Inroads in Ohio, Texas

Youth focus boosts effort to sway Latino, blue-collar voters
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2008 11:19 AM CST
Former President Bill Clinton is speaking on behalf of his wife, Dem. candidate Sen. Hillary R. Clinton, at a campaign stop in Tyler, Texas, on a swing though several East Texas cities, on Friday, Feb....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton's staunchest allies include Hispanic and working-class voters, and those are exactly the assets Barack Obama is targeting in the must-win states of Ohio and Texas, the Los Angeles Times reports. He's using young voters as a wedge: In a radio ad aimed at young Latino Texans, the announcer says “Obama is talking to me.”

Young union members are credited with winning Obama key endorsements last week, and the candidate has been railing against NAFTA, a Bill Clinton relic, in front of blue-collar crowds. "We are going to mention NAFTA on every occasion," says an adviser. Obama's also appealing to Hispanic audiences by talking up his history as a community organizer and scholarship student.