Rev. Samuel Rodriguez Shares What Latino Evangelicals Will Be Watching For During First Presidential Debate


Latino evangelicals will be tuning into the presidential debate on Monday night, hoping to hear Donald Trump affirm that he will not deport 11 million illegal immigrants and watching to see if Hillary Clinton will affirm faith values.

CBN News spoke with Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, about expectations for the first face-off by the candidates since their party’s nominations.  He noted that Trump has reached out to Latinos of faith in recent months and that some recent opinion polls show Trump performing as well with Hispanic voters as GOP nominee Mitt Romney did in 2012.

Still, Rodriguez said that Latino believers want Trump to affirm and expand on previous comments that he will not deport some 11 million immigrants here illegally.  They’re also looking to hear him speak about the issues of life and religious liberty.

Latino Christians are waiting to hear Hillary Clinton speak about issues of faith.  “At least saying, ‘I want to protect religious liberty.  Christians can be Christians in America’ and protect our rights,” he said, “We haven’t heard that from Hillary Clinton’s campaign whatsoever.”

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