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Clinton Promotes Health Care Proposal To Attract Hispanic Voters

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Democraticpresidential candidate Sen. Hillary RodhamClinton (N.Y.) is "calculating" that her experience on theissue of health care will provide her with an advantage over rivalSen. Barack Obama (Ill.) among Hispanic voters, the WallStreet Journal reports.

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Accordingto the Journal,the "Hispanic vote is huge" in many of the states that willhold Democratic presidential primaries on Feb. 5, as Hispanicsaccount for 22.8% of eligible voters in California, 17% in Arizona,12.3% in Colorado, 11.4% in New York and 9.9% in New Jersey. Anationwide survey conducted last fall by PewHispanic Center found thatHispanics cited education, health care and the economy as their mostimportant issues.

As a result, the Clinton campaign "playsup" her health care proposal and the "fact that her plandemands universal coverage for all Americans while Mr. Obama's"would require coverage only for children, the Journalreports. The Clinton campaign also believes that "risingeconomic anxiety" will provide "extra punch to the Clintonhistory and emphasis on health care," according to the Journal(Kaufman/Seib, Wall Street Journal,1/29).

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