“If people only had a little more time to get to know him” in Satna Ana

Jon Wiener goes door-to-door with Obama volunteers in Santa Ana, Califas.

[Congressman Xavier Becerra] told the precinct walkers the key arguments to make when they knocked on Latino doors: At the top of the list: “Obama is the son of an immigrant.” Second: “Obama is a Harvard law grad who went to work as a community organizer.” Then “tell them to read La Opinion, which today endorsed Obama;” and “tell them why this is your first time working in a campaign – why you are doing this.”

The enthusiasm and energy of the first-timers was unmistakable, but it didn’t solve the big problem facing the Obama operation in Santa Ana: the precinct walkers were a largely white group in an overwhelmingly Latino city. When staffers asked how many of the 200 volunteers were bilingual, perhaps a dozen raised their hands….Congressman Becerra summed it up best: “if people only had a little more time to get to know him.”

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