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The KUT Longhorn Radio Network Presents: Mexican American Experience Collection

Audio recordings including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns in the series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" from the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.

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PROGRAM INFO

Title:
Mexican American Democrats
Program #
1980-10
Theme:
Politics

Series:
Elections, Politics
Host:
Linda Fregoso
Guests:
Blandina Cardenas Ramírez, Richard Moya
Date:
Jan 30, 1980

Mexican American Democrats

Guests Blandina Cardenas Ramirez and Richard Moya discuss the record and achievements of the two democratic presidential candidates: Jimmy Carter and Sen. Edward Kennedy. Host Linda Fregoso first offers some background on Mexican American voting trends and explains that 1960 was the first year politicians began to court their votes. Since then Mexican Americans have had a critical role in electing democrats to office. The democratic presidential campaign between incumbent Carter and Kennedy has divided the Mexican American vote.

Cardenas Ramirez, who Carter appointed to run the administration for Children, Youth and Families, is a member of Carter’s reelection campaign and defends his record towards Latinos. She explains that Carter has allocated more money than ever for educational programs for impoverished children. Moreover, Cardenas explains that Carter has appointed more Hispanics to office than any other administration and his appointees, like Leonel Castillo and Joe Bernal, have been well-known and respected leaders of the community. She argues that these appointees, and specifically those within the judicial system, will best be able to support the rights of Mexican Americans and pursue violations of their human rights in the courts.

Fregoso next interviews Travis County Commissioner Richard Moya who supports Kennedy’s bid for the nomination. Moya explains that Kennedy has a clear commitment to appointing Hispanics to significant posts. Moreover, he has a strong record for helping minorities, which includes supporting bilingual education. He hopes that Kennedy would handle case of police brutality more effectively than Carter. Moya then dismisses claims that Kennedy’s personal life might affect his chances of election. He believes that more Mexican Americans support Kennedy and believes that many Mexican American leaders are disenchanted with the Carter Administration.

 

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