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Meg Whitman: 'No on Proposition 187 and no on the Arizona law'

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, center, and her husband Griffith Harsh IV, right, celebrate after winning the Republican nomination for California governor during an election night gathering in Universal City. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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The Republican candidate for Governor of California is reaching out to Latino voters via Spanish-language radio commercials and billboards, including one that reads "No a la Proposici n 187 y no a la ley de Arizona," which translates to a pair of No's about our neighbor-state's new anti-illegal immigration law, reports the San Bernardino Sun.

But is Meg Whitman only paying lip service to the issue in order to bolster votes? Some political observers believe the candidate could lose some of her conservative supporters by speaking out against Arizona's controversial policy. Some, however, point to her stance on related issues, such as her belief that the children of undocumented workers should not be permitted to attend college, and predict her opponents, supporters, and critics may push to portray her as contradicting herself.

Another interpretation of the Whitman billboards is that she is simply saying what she thinks will get her votes. That's where Raymond Herrera, founder of the anti-illegal immigration group We The People, California's Crusader, stands, and says she won't get his vote: "She doesn't care about illegal immigrants coming into California. She just cares about becoming governor. ... It's impossible to be on both sides of the political line on this issue."