SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, issues the following statement:
“Eva and I, along with the entire NHCLC family, extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family of Sen. John McCain. I am honored to have known Sen. McCain personally, working closely with him during the Bush administration as we often advocated for the passage of comprehensive immigration reform, shoulder to shoulder, in the halls of Congress. His belief in the power and importance of the Hispanic Christian constituency in American quite literally helped shape the NHCLC into the organization it is today. In a world filled with pundits, Sen. John McCain was a rare, principled politician whose steel will was only matched by the type of patriotism hewn in a POW’s cell. He was one of a kind and he merited the honor ‘hero,’ if anyone ever has. Indeed, we at the NHCLC, along with all Americans, owe Sen. McCain our fullest measure of respect and gratitude for a lifetime of service to this nation.”
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, executive producer of The Impossible with 20th Century Fox, and bestselling author of “Shake Free.” He has been named by CNN and Fox News as “the leader of the Hispanic Evangelical movement” and TIME Magazine nominated him among the 100 most influential leaders in America.
The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference is recognized and identified by Time Magazine, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Christianity Today, Charisma Magazine, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, Fox News and CNN as America’s largest and most influential Hispanic/Latino Christian organization with 40,118 certified member churches in the United States and chapters in Latin America.