In Their Own Words:
United States Presidential Candidates on Latin America

Oct 14, 2008

In light of the unparalleled interest around the world in the outcome of the 2008 U. S. presidential election, the staff of the Woodrow Wilson Center's Latin American Program has prepared a collection of policy statements from the campaigns of Senators John McCain and Barack Obama on a series of topics relevant to Latin America. This compendium covers the following topics: Free Trade and Development; The War on Drugs and Hemispheric Security; Human Rights; Mexico; Immigration; Democratic Governance, Populism, and the "New Left"; and Cuba. Latin American Program staff have written brief introductions for each topic. The document then includes relevant excerpts from debates, interviews, official policy statements, articles, etc. Wherever possible, we have provided a link to the original statement. We will continue to update this collection throughout the remaining weeks of the presidential campaign.

Table of Contents
Free Trade and Development
The War on Drugs and Hemispheric Security
Human Rights
Mexico
Immigration
Democratic Governance, Populism and the "New Left"
Cuba
Appendix: Hillary Clinton
Media Resources


The Latin American Program serves as a bridge between the United States and Latin America, providing a nonpartisan forum for experts from throughout the region and the world to discuss the most critical issues facing the Hemisphere. Through its unique convening power, the Program sponsors research, conferences, and publications in order to deepen the understanding of Latin American and Caribbean politics, history, economics, and culture, as well as U.S.-Latin American relations. The Program brings pressing regional concerns to the attention of opinion leaders and policy makers, thereby contributing to more informed policy choices in Washington, D.C. and throughout the Hemisphere.

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