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In a 1972 meeting at the Corpus Christi airport, Dr. Garcia and vice presidential candidate Sargent Shriver discuss the problems facing Mexican Americans.

Dr. Garcia’s involvement in presidential campaigns continued into the 1990s. Here, he shakes hands with candidate Bill Clinton.

Kennedy poses with Dr. Garcia and other leaders of Viva Kennedy clubs. The clubs helped Kennedy win 85 percent of the national Latino vote in the 1960 presidential election.

Dr. Garcia’s efforts to get Mexican American voters to the polls, including the Viva Kennedy clubs he helped organize, made a difference in the outcomes of national elections.

Dr. Garcia had a detailed plan to make Mexican American voices heard in the 1952 election, including the distribution of sample ballots to inform voting decisions.

In this official statement, Dr. Garcia urges Mexican Americans to vote for President Johnson, citing Johnson’s commitment to fighting poverty.

In this letter, a member of Kennedy’s campaign team thanks Dr. Garcia for all of his work on behalf of the 1960 Kennedy-Johnson ticket.

Dr. Garcia was instrumental in organizing Viva Kennedy clubs that supported the candidacy of John F. Kennedy. He later led Viva Johnson clubs that backed Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964.
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