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Both Sanders And Clinton Make A Big Promise To Latinos

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have now gone on the record as saying that they would appoint Latinos to their cabinets and other top positions should they be elected president, at least according to their answers to a 20-question survey sent to them by the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda. Their written statements are the first concrete indications of how their presidencies will try to be inclusive of the largest minority group in the country.

What is the NHLA?

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The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda was established in 1991 and is countrywide coalition of top Latino advocacy groups that fight for the advancement of the Latino community, whether it be by advocating for beneficial policies or pushing for Latino inclusion in the political realm.

On Feb. 25, the NHLA sent a 20-question survey to all of the presidential candidates that asked how they were planning on helping out Latinos should they reach the highest office. In a surprise to no one, only the two Democratic candidates responded.

There’s a lot to unpack there (and we’ll definitely do that in the coming days), but the one thing that stood out for us was how they responded to the following question: “What would you do as president to meet or exceed the current level of Hispanic representation in presidentially-appointed positions?”

First, a brief history of Latinos in cabinet positions.

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Currently, there are approximately 1,200 to 1,400 positions that require a presidential appointment (and senate confirmation). Of these, 15 are official cabinet positions and 7 others are cabinet-level appointments. There are two Latinos in Obama’s Cabinet — Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro (a Mexican-American from Texas) and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez (a Dominican-American from Maryland). Although not an official cabinet position, Obama’s advisory team also includes Maria Contreras-Sweet, the Mexican-born Administrator of the Small Business Administration.

To date, there have been 12 Latinos named to presidential cabinets — including Henry Cisneros (pictured above), who, like Castro, is a Mexican-American from San Antonio who served as HUD Secretary— and two Latinas named to cabinet-level positions (the aforementioned Contreras-Sweet and Aida Alvarez). The first time a Latino was appointed to a cabinet position was in 1988, when Ronald Reagan named Lauro Cavazos to spearhead the Department of Education.

How did Hillary Clinton respond? Is she with us as much as older Latinos are with her?

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All signs point to yes:

“If elected president, I will build on President Obama’s progress of appointing Latinos throughout the executive branch. From special assistants to cabinet members, Latinos will play a key role in helping to shape my policy priorities and be effectively represented in our agencies.”

Although Hillary Clinton’s record with Latinos hasn’t been the best (particularly on immigration), it’s completely possible that she’ll appoint as many (if not more) Latinos to her cabinet than President Obama. There’s already talk that she could pick a Latino vice-presidential running mate — two top contenders are Secretary Castro and Secretary Perez. That would certainly qualify as “build[ing] on President Obama’s progress.”

Young Latinos are feeling the Bern, but is he feeling Latinos?

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Also yes:

“A Bernie Sanders Administration would reflect the diverse make-up of the country. Our country is best when a diverse group of people with different backgrounds and different points of view come together behind a common cause. I can think of no place more vital for such diversity than in the cabinet of the President of the United States of America.”

That’s a bit of a wishy-washy answer, which is very #onbrand for Bernie, but it’s still a positive answer. Because he didn’t give specifics (again, kind of #onbrand), let’s assume that he’ll at least go by the demographics of our country. With 15 cabinet appointments, and Latinos accounting for 17 percent of the total population, Bernie would have to nominate more than 2 Latinos (2.55) to be on par with the numbers.

Promising responses, to which both candidates will be held accountable should the make the high office. We’ll be watching.

READ: The Vice President Running Mate For The Democratic Party Could Be One Of Us

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Ricky Martin Says That It Is ‘Super Sad’ For Him To See Latinos Voting for Donald Trump

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Ricky Martin Says That It Is ‘Super Sad’ For Him To See Latinos Voting for Donald Trump

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Ricky Martin says when it comes to the Latino support of Joe Biden for president, voters bang. He also says those who are voting for Donald Trump completely bomb.

In an interview with The Big Ticket podcast, the “Livin La Vida Loca” singer highlighted the importance of voter turnout and laid out his reasons for giving former Vice President Joe Biden his own vote.

Speaking to The Big Ticket, Martin underlined his efforts to see change this year.

“I’ve been supporting Biden forever,” the singer shared on the podcast. “I think he is the only option we have and he is great. He has been in politics all his life. This is the moment. We all need to get together and be loud about the course of this nation.” For Martin, it seems that the backing of Biden by the Latino community is especially important and seeing anything less is something he truly cannot understand. Martin went so far as to highlight his disbelief in seeing Wanda Vázquez, the current governor of Puerto Rico, endorsing Trump this year.

“Who is that? Next!” he exclaimed during the podcast. “She doesn’t even exist. She wasn’t even elected by the people. She’s not part of this conversation.”

Trump went onto call Latinos in the United States who support Trump “really scary.”

When asked about Latinos in the United States who support Trump, Martin said it’s “really scary” to see but he remains positive that the majority of Latinos will vote him out of office.

“It’s really scary,” he said, before commenting that he does think that the majority of Latinos will vote for Biden. “It’s super sad. I think. Trumpeters make a lot of noise. And it’s scary to see their enthusiasm but us, we’re doing what’s right, the right way and we’ll see what happens in November. But I’m very optimistic.”

“I am a Latino, gay, married to an Arab living in Trump’s America,” he said about his husband Jwan Yosef, a Syrian-born, Swedish painter Marin married in 2017. “We check all the boxes.”

Martin’s comments come at a time when Trump continues to receive support from Cubans in Florida.

The battleground state has seen Cuban Americans, who often vote Republican, make last-ditch efforts to reelect Trump. “Florida’s Cuban American voters remain a bright spot in Trump’s effort to retain his winning coalition from 2016,” ABC reported. “Polls show his strong support from these key voters may even be growing to include the younger Cuban Americans that Democrats once considered their best hope of breaking the GOP’s hold. For Trump, that support could prove essential in a tight race in a state he must win to beat Democratic challenger Joe Biden.”

Referring to the increase in early voters this year, Martin says he’s happy to see voters turning out. “For that, I’m extremely happy,” he explained. “We’ve had plans of if we might leave the country. No, we have to stay here and fight for our rights and for what we believe.”

You can check out Martin’s full interview with The Big Ticket on Nov. 3.

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All the Times Cardi B Made Her Political Voice Heard This Election Cycle

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All the Times Cardi B Made Her Political Voice Heard This Election Cycle

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Sure, when most people think of Cardi B, they think of a fierce female MC with deep roots in the Bronx who has multiple No.1 singles. But her die-hard fans know that she’s just as passionate about politics as she is about spitting bars.

Cardi B has been vocal about her passion for politics for as long as she’s been in the spotlight, but she’s especially made her voice heard in the most recent election. Whether its interviewing candidates or live-commenting on presidential debates, our girl is fully committed to practicing her civic duties.

Take a look at our round-up of all the times that Cardi B was politically active in this most recent election cycle!

Before the primary election really started to heat up in 2019, Cardi B was just a “regular shmegular” celebrity endorsing Democratic candidates for president.

That didn’t sit well with conservative commentator Tomi Lahren who took to Twitter to try and diss her.

Cardi hit back at Tomi Lahren with this legendary comment:

Suddenly being “dog walked” was a term that both CNN and Fox were having to describe to their middle-aged viewers. And the latest election cycle officially began!

Before the election was Biden versus Trump, it was all the democrats versus…all the democrats. In 2019, Cardi B endorsed “Daddy Bernie” for the democratic candidate.

She then interviewed Bernie Sanders in collaboration with his campaign:

Flash forward to 2020 and Cardi was making headlines for an innocent tweet she wrote that she was considering getting into politics.

Naturally, her fans were already printing “Cardi B for President” shirts.

Next, our two favorite Latinas from the Bronx–Cardi B and AOC–both bonded on social media over their shared love of WAP (women as president).

Let’s hope these two do more collabing soon.

Cardi B and Joe Biden had a Zoom interview where they discussed issues that were important to her and her fan base.

During the interview, her and Biden covered everything from Medicare for all, for free college education for all, to ending policy brutality and systemic racism.

And when conservatives tried to come at Cardi B for being “an illiterate rapper” who has no business interviewing Joe Biden, she shut them down:

“It’s not a secret I use my platform to encourage people to vote,” Cardi responded in a now-deleted Instagram video. “I have millions of followers. I pay millions in taxes. I have the Number One song in this country…Just like I can make millions of people pop their p—y, I can make millions of people go vote.”

And of course, Cardi B has been giving blow-by-blow commentary for every excruciating second of both the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates.

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As one of Cardi’s Instagram commenters so astutely put it: “Cardi B for the next debate moderator!”. Here, here!

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