April 16, 2004

Bush-Cheney ’04 Announces National Hispanic Steering Committee

Arlington, VA — Bush-Cheney ’04 launched its National Hispanic Steering Committee at a rally in Orlando, Florida. Regional events of the Viva Bush Coalition will follow, starting with a rollout in Kansas City, Missouri.

The keynote address was delivered by Florida Governor Jeb Bush before a crowd of over 300 Bush supporters.

“I am honored to be here to highlight the President’s impressive record of achievement with the Hispanic community and to contrast his positive agenda with that of John Kerry, which hurts Latinos and is out of touch with their values,” said Governor Bush.

Former U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marín, U.S. Congressman Mario Díaz-Balart (FL-25) and Florida Rep. John Quiñones also delivered remarks. Professional boxing referee Joe Cortez served as Master of Ceremonies of the event held at the Latin Quarter Restaurant at Universal City Walk. Music stars Alicia Villarreal and Jon Secada performed.

The event was designed to energize Bush supporters from across the country, encourage them to recruit other volunteers and introduce the group of people who will lead the campaign’s Hispanic outreach effort nationwide and serve as messengers of the President’s positive agenda.

As of today, Bush-Cheney ’04 has Hispanic teams in 30 states and Puerto Rico and will continue to build up its grassroots organization.

“Latinos will re-elect President Bush because they trust him to protect our country and further our economic growth through job creation. Whether it is improving our schools, making health care more affordable, opening new market to U.S. products or reducing the tax burden on families and small business, the President’s record stands tall in the Hispanic community,” said Bush-Cheney ’04 spokeswoman Sharon Castillo.

The National Hispanic Steering Committee is made up of 63 individuals. California members include: John Cruz, Daehnke & Cruz; Justo Frias, Vice President of U.S. Operations, Grupo Gigante; Rosario Marín, Former U.S. Treasurer; Carlos Olamendi, President, COR International; Mario Rodríguez, Bush - Cheney 2004 Regional Chair; Josh Valdez, Senior Vice President, Blue Cross of California

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