Obama Campaign Releases First Spanish TV Ads In Battleground States

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President Barack Obama  arrives to deliver a statement in the Rose Garden at the White House announcing a plan to increase oversight and crack down on manipulation of the oil markets on April 17, 2012 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama arrives to deliver a statement in the Rose Garden at the White House announcing a plan to increase oversight and crack down on manipulation of the oil markets on April 17, 2012 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The Obama campaign is running its first Spanish-language television ads aimed at rallying support among Hispanics, an increasingly important voting bloc.

The four television spots each feature an Obama supporter talking about the president’s education policies, including improving Head Start centers that serve over 362,000 Hispanic children and increasing funding for Pell Grants to help nearly 2 million Hispanic students pay for college.

The ads will air in Colorado, Nevada and Florida, political battleground states with growing Hispanic populations. The campaign says the ads are the first in a series of Spanish-language ads.

The campaign also announced a wider appeal to Hispanics Wednesday, launching “Latinos for Obama.” The effort is aimed at increasing Hispanic voter registration and helping Hispanics volunteer for the Obama campaign.

A new CBS News/New York Times poll finds the presidential election is a dead heat, with both Obama and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney each receiving 46 percent of support from registered voters.

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