Though Politico covered the interview, they managed to leave out the fact that Sotelo, though he asked the POTUS tough questions is still supporting him and encouraging Latinos to get out and vote. NBC did a better job:
Obama courts Latino vote on radio show
From NBC's Athena Jones
President Obama discussed immigration reform, health care, and the economy during an interview on Univision's popular "Piolin por la Manana" radio program on Monday -- part of a White House effort to drive turnout among Latino voters. "There is no place in the country where the Latino vote doesn't matter," the president told show host Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo. Immigration reform dominated the interview on the syndicated program, which was taped Friday in Glendale, CA.
After a glowing introduction that incorporated clips from past Obama speeches, Sotelo joked that he would give the president a choice of topics to talk about it: A) immigration reform, B) immigration reform, C) immigration reform, or D) all of the above. He went on to say that many Hispanics were "disappointed" that the president had not been able to get comprehensive immigration reform legislation passed -- something he vowed to push for during the presidential campaign.
The president said he, too, was disappointed, but that he needed more Republican support to pass a bill, a common refrain from a White House that struggled to get major legislation -- like the health-care overhaul -- through the Senate despite having a majority. "I have not backed off this issue," Obama said. "But -- somebody said the other day -- I'm president. I'm not king."
Univision is the network that has refused to air the "Don't vote" ad funded by Republicans.
The LA Times has a full transcript.
Sotelo has used his show to fight for immigration reform and to rally the Latino vote. The interview with the President will reach a very wide audience across the US.
Apart from his commitment to his listeners, Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo is also one of the most televised radio personalities in the nation with regular appearances on national shows like Sábado Gigante, Cristina, Escándalo TV, Qué Dice la Gente, Don Francisco Presenta, and interviews on CNN, Fox News Channel, Larry King, MSNBC, Anderson Cooper, and Good Morning America, to name a few.
This philosophy for putting the audience first has earned Piolín por La Mañana the top ranking for morning shows in Los Angeles (regardless of language) and its 50 syndicated markets and growing make it the #1 Radio Show in the country. Piolin can now be heard on over 100 radio stations on the Spanish language format, such as KLOB 94.7FM of Palm Springs where it is also #1 in ratings in that radio market.
Univision covered Obama's visit to Piolín's show as major news:
Obama visitó la cabina de Piolín (video link)
The interview is airing on (among others):
• KSCA’s La Nueva 101.9 FM, Los Angeles, CA;
• KSOL 98.9 & 99.1 FM, San Francisco, CA;
• KHOT’s La Nueva 105.9 FM , Phoenix, AZ;
• KLNO’s Que Buena 94.1 FM, Dallas, TX;
• KISF’s La Nueva 103.5 FM, Las Vegas, NV;
• KLTN’s Estereo Latino 102.9FM, Houston, TX;
• WOJO’s La Que Buena 105.1 FM, Chicago, IL;
• WQBU’s La Que Buena 92.7 FM, New York, NY;
• KBNA 97.5 FM Que Buena, El Paso, TX;
• KLNV’s La Nueva 106.5 FM, San Diego, CA;
• KROM’s Estereo Latino 92.9, San Antonio, TX; and
• KLQB’s La Que Buena 104.3 FM, Austin, TX.
Pa'lante, Siempre, Pa'lante
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