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UNITED STATES: Mexican American voting bloc

President Bush gave what we might politely be called a rousing speech in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to a gathering organized by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He stressed the priority he gives to Mexico in the foreign relations of "this great country". He praised the Chamber's support for education and, with a huge pair of scissors, cut the ribbon to a new educational facility. He praised the Mexican Americans running small businesses, saying small business in the backbone of the US economy. Most controversially, he stressed the importance of opening all the US highway systems to Mexican trucks. It is unlikely the Teamsters Union will invite him to address them.

Ronald Hilton - 8/20/01