Politicians use Cinco de Mayo parade as platform

Posted at 11:59 AM, May 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-08 13:09:34-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) -- With Nebraska's primary on Tuesday, candidates are making all the stops they can, and the South Omaha community is a vital one.


"I want to make sure that South Omaha and downtown has a representative that's constantly fighting for equality and people who don't have a voice," said Tony Vargas, a candidate for District seven in Nebraska.


South Omaha is in the district Vargas is trying to win. 


The Cinco de Mayo parade has long been a popular campaign stop for local politicians. 


Mayor Jean Stothert and Congressman Brad Ashford talked with voters today. Most of the political talk here focused on Donald Trump's stop in Omaha on Friday. 


Governor Pete Ricketts and Congressional candidate Don Bacon - who both appeared at the parade -   both endorsed Trump, after he became the lone Republican left in the race. 


"We do need to take care of illegal immigration, it's fair for our workers, and it's for safety,” Bacon said.


Trump’s platform, though, is divisive. 


"He is more disrespectful than words, and people like him,” said Erlinda Mendoza-Mora, who attended to parade.


Local Democrats criticized Republicans who campaigned here today as hypocritical.


"I don't think voters in this district appreciate being told on one hand that they support candidates that support wanting to build a wall, and are going to win and be successful in Nebraska," said Crystal Rhoades, a member of the Nebraska Public Service Commission.


This just part of a national conversation about politics, policy, and the future of America.


The final word will come in the voting booth.