Hillary Clinton Comes To San Antonio

Cruising on momentum from last night’s debate, Clinton has chosen Texas – San Antonio in particular – to kick off her campaign push to win over Latino voters.

By Rhonda FanningOctober 14, 2015 4:05 pm

We do know one winner from last night: CNN. The final numbers aren’t in but the electronics tell us more people watched the Democratic debate last night than have ever watched a Democratic debate, in all the years they’ve been doing them. Roughly 11 percent of all homes with TVs – a new record.

The next stop for Hillary Clinton is San Antonio, Texas, where she’s set to kick off a fairly high-profile Latino outreach.

Gary Martin, government and political editor for the San Antonio Express-News, says the midday event at Sunset Station, right next to the Alamo, will be open to the public.

“This state will go red in the fall, but to get the nomination, Texas is pretty important,” Martin says.

The Castro brothers – Rep. Joaquin Castro, who has already endorsed her, and HUD Secretary Julián Castro, rumored to be a possible VP pick – will appear with Clinton in San Antonio.

San Antonio, in Central Texas, is in “the bluest part of the state” so it’s a prime location for Clinton to reach out to Latino voters.

“We’re a Mexican-American majority city,” he says. He says Clinton’s campaign also trying to build up support across the state and others with large Latino populations, like Nevada – host of the first Democratic debate – as well as Colorado and California.

As far as immigration, Martin says the dialogue hasn’t moved forward much in either debate.

“It keeps getting stuck on high-center,” he says, with Democrats on one side and Republicans, Trump in particular, on the other. This harsh division exists despite, Martin says, Latino candidates currently in the running for the Republican nomination.

Hear the full interview in the audio player above.