This new website comes despite the fact that McCain voted in 2006 for Sen. James Inhofe’s (R-OK) amendment to “declare English as the national language of the United States and to promote the patriotic integration of prospective US citizens.” In March, McCain skipped a vote on an amendment by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), aimed at “blocking lawsuits by employees challenging English-only workplace rules.” Both Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Barack Obama (D-IL) voted against the measure, but McCain left Washington to attend a fundraiser.
McCain is following his conservative colleagues’ leads in political pandering. In January, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney released a Spanish-language campaign ad in Florida, even though he had previously said, “English needs to be the language that is spoken in America.”
Similarly, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani released a Spanish-language ad in Miami that same month. This move came despite his public embrace of an ardent English-only advocate who once said that Mexicans carry diseases into the United States because they “play and drink out of the same water.” “[Y]ou should be able to have to read English, write English, and speak English if you want to become a citizen,” said Giuliani.