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Latino voters: Julian Gonzalez
We asked eight BBC News Website readers from the Latino community in the US to share their views with us ahead of the presidential election. Latinos are a key target group for both Democrats and Republicans in the election on 2 November.

Jose
Jose Bahamonde:
Miami, Florida

Geraldo
Geraldo Alonso:
San Antonio, Texas

Leslie
Leslie Ramos:
New York, New York

Mario
Mario G Corzo:
N Bergen, New Jersey
Maria
Maria Chaboudy:
Houston, Texas

Alfonso
Alfonso Trujillo:
San Diego, California

Julian
Julian Gonzalez:
Washington DC

Enrique
Jesus E Zuniga:
Chicago, Illinois

Julian Gonzalez

MEET THE PANEL
Julian Gonzalez
Name: Julian Gonzalez
Age: 44
Lives: Washington DC
Works: Interpreter
Current voting intention: Undecided

I am still undecided, even after watching the presidential debates.

Do I vote for President Bush who led the US into a protracted war?

I lived in New York during the September 11 attacks, and immediately afterwards I had no qualms about using all US resources and power to protect our citizens.

Now I'm not so sure war was the answer. The Iraq war has cost us billions of dollars and has taken longer than originally planned.

Latinos' needs, such as education, have not been addressed by this administration. Many young Latino adults do not even finish high school.

Our panel: Where they live

This segment of the Latino population will join the workforce and end up in lower paying jobs.

It is also my view that President Bush's No Child Left Behind program has not benefited the Latino community.

On the other hand Senator Kerry's main platform is to increase the tax credits for the very rich.

This type of argument is an insult to people with knowledge of the issues. I just don't believe that he is willing to tax himself and decrease the tax for the benefit of the middle class.

I am also not sure if Senator Kerry has the ability to continue funding the war on terror.

Neither candidate has addressed the issue of improving the status of illegal immigrants, of which there are many in the Latino community, or providing affordable healthcare.

I sometimes feel politicians only seek the Latino vote for their own advantage, not to benefit the largest minority group in the US.


Your comments:

"I am also not sure if Senator Kerry has the ability to continue funding the war on terror."? If you consider that the war on terror is largely responsible for taking our $5-billion surplus to a deficit which is $4-billion and growing, how can either candidate acutally continue to fund it? Clearly our warmongering ways have significantly damaged our economy and our relations with the rest of the world. I hope that on November 2, you choose the candidate who you feel can fix the current mess that we're in - not the candidate who created it.
Jamie, Sacramento, CA, USA

I'm sorry, I was under the impression that it was Bush and not Kerry who gives tax breaks to the wealthy class. Also, Kerry wants to give full amnesty to illegal immigrants as he supports an earned legalization proposal that will allow undocumented immigrants to legalize their status if they have been in the United States for a certain amount of time, have been working, and can pass a background check. This makes sense for the economy, provides fairness to people in our communities who have worked hard and paid taxes, and will also allow us to strengthen our homeland security by bringing undocumented workers out of the shadows.
Marie, Philadelphia, USA

"On the other hand Senator Kerry's main platform is to increase the tax credits for the very rich." Where do you get your information from? That is the exact opposite of what Mr. Kerry is saying. In fact he is saying that he would bring on a tax increase for the rich, and leave the tax credits for the middle class and below intact.
John, Silver Spring, Maryland






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