Lopez campaigns for Obama in Detroit (Photo: Freep.com|Detroit Free Press)
It was George Lopez doing the talking, but this time the punch line wasn’t funny.
“You cannot be happy with the last eight years,” the comedian said. “Do you like waking up everyday to banks closing?”
Lopez was speaking at a voter registration rally aimed at Detroit’s Hispanic community, held on Sept. 20, to discuss the important role Latinos will play in this year’s presidential election.
Polls in Michigan show Senators Barack Obama and John McCain in a statistical dead heat, with the Democrat enjoying a slight edge. The state is home to more than 400,000 Latinos, and Latinos make up only 4 percent of the electorate. But in an election that seems too close to call, they could decide which candidate wins Michigan’s 17 electoral votes.
Latino voters are the focus of much attention in the battleground states of New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado and Florida — but strategists are beginning to see that smaller burgeoning Hispanic communities in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio could have a hand in deciding the winner.
Latinos drove two and three hours to get a glimpse of the famous comedian and listen to what he had to say about his support for Obama.