What You'll Hear and What You Won't

John McCain and Barack Obama are set to make back-to-back speeches Saturday to N.A.L.E.O., the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.

The speeches come one year and one day after the Senate voted down comprehensive immigration reform.

Both candidates supported the legislation, which included a path to earned legalization for the 12 million illegal immigrants currently in the United States.

Amid the conservative uproar which followed, McCain's campaign almost ran aground. He recovered his footing among Republican primary voters by pledging to put border security ahead of allowing illegal immigrants to apply for citizenship.

Now that he is hoping to make inroads among the Latino voters who showed a reluctance to back Obama in the primaries, McCain's top policy adviser says that the Arizona senator hasn't determined whether he would seek a stand-alone border-security bill first and turn to other reforms later, or push a single bill that addresses everything at once.

In an interview with National Journal, McCain adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin said that the candidate's border-security position "does not mean you would secure the borders and stop there. He does believe that it is important for America to ultimately come to terms with all the aspects of immigration reform. But you secure the border and then you get to do the rest."

All that being said, here is a glossary of what you'll hear -- and what you won't hear -- when McCain talks to NALEO on Saturday.

What You Will Hear:

1. God's chil·dren: Illegal immigrants

2. Ted Ken·nedy: Liberal lion with whom McCain was proud to work on immigration.

3. Com·pre·hen·sive: see:"comprehensive immigration reform"

What You Won't Hear:

1. "I got the mes·sage, my friends": "I got the message, my friend, from you and a lot of people." [McCain talking to Sean Hannity following the Oct. 21, 2007 Fox News Channel debate].

2. "No, I would not": McCain's Jan. 30, 2008 CNN debate comment on whether he would vote for his immigration reform bill if it were to come up again in the Senate: [Q: At this point, if your original proposal came to a vote on the Senate floor, would you vote for it? McCAIN: No, I would not, because we know what the situation is today. The people want the borders secured first].

3. "If the gov·er·nor of my state, who hap·pens to be a Dem·o·crat, would be forced she would cer·ti·fy that the bor·der is se·cure it would be se·cure. And that would give cre·di·bi·li·ty": McCain speaking to FNC's Bill O'Reilly in August 2007 about his plan to have border governors certify that the border is secure. [See: "Arizona Guv: Mac's Border Fix Won't Work"].

TiVo Alert:

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a potential VP pick for McCain, will be a guest on ABC News' "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" on Sunday. George's guests also include independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader and Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill.

Friday, June 27


-- Keynotes the Connecticut GOP Prescott Bush dinner, Stamford, CT.

Saturday, June 28

On the campaign front. . .


-- 10:00 am ET: Meets with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Washington, DC.

-- 11:00 am ET: Speaks at National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Conference, Washington, DC.

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