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Santorum To Puerto Rico: Speak English If You Want To Become A State
Business Insider ^ | 03/14/2012 | Ricky Naik

Posted on 03/14/2012 1:47:45 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

The Puerto Rico primary is on Sunday and Rick Santorum made a quick campaign stop to the island.

While there, he told Puerto Ricans that if they want to pursue statehood, they should make English their primary language, Reuters reports.

Nevermind the fact that both English and Spanish are already the official languages of the territory. In an interview with El Vocero newspaper, Santorum said he does not support a state where English is not the primary language.

"Like any other state, there has to be compliance with this and any other federal law," Santorum said. "And that is that English has to be the principal language. There are other states with more than one language such as Hawaii but to be a state of the United States, English has to be the principal language."

The only problem with Romney's plan is that no part in the U.S. constitution stipulates that English must be the primary language of a territory before it becomes a state.

The U.S. Census Bureau did report in 2010 that 80 percent of Puerto Ricans self-reported that thee speak English less than "very well."

Twenty delegates are up for grabs in Puerto Rico.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: english; puertorico; santorum; spanish
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Well, at least Santorum isn't afraid to speak his mind. But I'm afraid this statement ensures his defeat in Puerto Rico.
1 posted on 03/14/2012 1:47:52 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

On second thought, what’s still keeping Puerto Rico from declaring independence?

The Philippines did that decades ago.


2 posted on 03/14/2012 1:50:01 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (question)
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To: SeekAndFind

I doubt it matters. Puerto Rico doesn’t want to become a state.

Romney seems to be pickup up all the territories. Makes me wonder if they are out of the loop and voting for hair.


3 posted on 03/14/2012 1:51:52 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: SeekAndFind; rrstar96; AuH2ORepublican; livius; adorno; wtc911; Willie Green; CGVet58; Clemenza; ...
Yep. I'm sure he's being taken out of context but if this pans out, he just handed Romney another 23 delegates.

Puerto Rico Ping! Please Freepmail me if you want on or off the list.


4 posted on 03/14/2012 1:52:45 PM PDT by cll (I am the warrant and the sanction)
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To: SeekAndFind

Although American citizens, those living on Puerto Rico can’t vote in the Presidential election, they have no Congressional representation, nor Electoral College vote.

He’s there fishing for delegates to the RNC convention...they have 23 of those.


5 posted on 03/14/2012 1:52:45 PM PDT by dawn53
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To: SeekAndFind
Nevermind the fact that both English and Spanish are already the official languages of the territory. In an interview with El Vocero newspaper, Santorum said he does not support a state where English is not the primary language.

When California was admitted to the Union in 1850, there were more Spanish speakers than English speakers in the State, and the State's first Constitution was adopted in both English and Spanish versions.

6 posted on 03/14/2012 1:53:22 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wow. Not only does this article have typos (’thee” for “they,” for instance), but it mistakenly says “Romney’s plan” when it’s referring to Santorum. Do they not have an editor?


7 posted on 03/14/2012 1:54:00 PM PDT by JDW11235 (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: SeekAndFind

Puerto Rico will never vote for either statehood or Independence. They don’t want to give up their Spanish culture and identity (separate Olympics teams, for instance)for statehood, but they don’t want to lose all that American cash either. They’re content to sit in the middle, playacting the independent country while letting America pay the bills.


8 posted on 03/14/2012 1:54:42 PM PDT by DesScorp
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To: SeekAndFind

Why did I burst out laughing when I read the headline?

Rick is getting good at making noise. The more noise he makes for better results in the primary race!


9 posted on 03/14/2012 1:55:35 PM PDT by nagdt ("None of my EX's live in Texas")
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To: cll

Well, maybe Newt Gingrich can win them — PR is in the south, right?


10 posted on 03/14/2012 1:55:51 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: DannyTN; SeekAndFind

I know that Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory. Though its people are nominally U.S.citizens, they’re not natural born citizens. They cannot vote in national elections except when residing on the mainland.

They have a territorial setup that is sweet: they receive benefits, such as welfare and social security, but U.S. businesses located there either do not pay taxes or receive tax breaks. All this would disappear if they became a state.


11 posted on 03/14/2012 1:57:19 PM PDT by SatinDoll (No Foreign Nationals as our President!)
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To: JDW11235
Do they not have an editor?

Yes, but he doesn't speak English.

12 posted on 03/14/2012 1:57:25 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: SeekAndFind
"Santorum To Puerto Rico: Speak English If You Want To Become A State"

I haven't heard a more stupid thing said by a candidate since Ross Perot addressed an audience at the NAACP as "You People".
13 posted on 03/14/2012 1:57:30 PM PDT by FrankR
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To: CharlesWayneCT

As south east United States as you can get. Way over here in the Caribbean.


14 posted on 03/14/2012 1:57:38 PM PDT by cll (I am the warrant and the sanction)
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To: DannyTN

Romney seems to be pickup up all the territories. Makes me wonder if they are out of the loop and voting for hair.
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The territories (and Hawaii) are all RAT/Commie strongholds ,, of course the most liberal republican will get the votes there.


15 posted on 03/14/2012 1:57:38 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: SeekAndFind
On second thought, what’s still keeping Puerto Rico from declaring independence? The Philippines did that decades ago.

Virtually no one in Puerto Rico wants independence. Whenever the issue is put up for a vote, the split is usually about 46% for the status quo, 44% for statehood and 10% or less for independence.

Incidentally, of the two major political parties in Puerto Rico, the one affiliated with the (mainland) Democrats is the pro-status quo party and the one affiliated with the (mainland) Republicans is the pro-statehood party.

16 posted on 03/14/2012 1:58:10 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: TigersEye

I LOL’d.


17 posted on 03/14/2012 1:58:30 PM PDT by JDW11235 (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: SeekAndFind

Money! It’s a welfare gimme state.


18 posted on 03/14/2012 1:58:58 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Santorum in the primary, Anyone But Obama in November !!!)
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To: SatinDoll

Excuse me but we are natural born citizens and do pay taxes.


19 posted on 03/14/2012 1:59:38 PM PDT by cll (I am the warrant and the sanction)
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To: nagdt

(Rick is getting good at making noise. The more noise he makes for better results in the primary race!)

Sorry, but I’m not impressed with that type of noise. At a time when Obama’s greatest vulnerabilities are the economy, his leftist hyper-partisanship, and his disregard for the Constitution, Rick helps him by talking about something that is not even on the radar screen of the electorate. WTF?


20 posted on 03/14/2012 2:00:04 PM PDT by winner3000 (ss)
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To: SeekAndFind

Apparently Santorum is unaware that PR has voted several times on statehood and they always vote no.


21 posted on 03/14/2012 2:01:24 PM PDT by svcw (CLEAN WATER & Education http://www.longlostsis.com/PI/MayanHelp2012.html)
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To: svcw

RE: Apparently Santorum is unaware that PR has voted several times on statehood and they always vote no.

I think his audience was the Puerto Rican party that is most affiliated with the Republicans. They MOSTLY want statehood, hence, his speech.


22 posted on 03/14/2012 2:03:13 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (question)
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To: svcw

He probably said so because he met with the current Governor of PR, whose party favors statehood.


23 posted on 03/14/2012 2:04:24 PM PDT by battlecry
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To: JDW11235
Outsourcing has hit editorial staff particularly hard.

"If you would like to be turning in an article for publications please to be pushing #4 and reading your story out loud after the tone. Someone will be back with you after we are clearing these monkeys out of the office, thank you."

24 posted on 03/14/2012 2:07:27 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: FrankR

Maybe Rick and Fam was just down there for a day in the sunny beaches.


25 posted on 03/14/2012 2:09:27 PM PDT by X-spurt (Its time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: SeekAndFind

Actually, I misremembered the results of the last plebiscite; the votes were a bit over 50% for status quo, 47% for statehood, and only 2.5% for independence.


26 posted on 03/14/2012 2:09:46 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: SatinDoll

“They cannot vote in national elections except when residing on the mainland.”

...Which is exactly what they do when they pour into central Florida. Check out the 2010 census figures for details.


27 posted on 03/14/2012 2:10:56 PM PDT by ruralvoter
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To: nagdt
Rick is getting good at making noise. The more noise he makes for better results in the primary race!

The man speaks his mind. God bless him for that. I think he's gotten to the point in this campaign where he realizes being genuine and being who he is can only help him against Romney, Inc.
28 posted on 03/14/2012 2:12:37 PM PDT by Antoninus (Goal #1: Defeat Romney. Goal #2: Defeat Obama. If we don't achieve both goals, 2012 is a loss.)
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To: Lurking Libertarian

Actually, Spanish is now one of our official languages. Go into a Sears, for example. Everything is in English and Spanish.


29 posted on 03/14/2012 2:12:37 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: cll
Excuse me but we are natural born citizens and do pay taxes.

Cholos ought to speak English then.

30 posted on 03/14/2012 2:14:35 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: SeekAndFind

“The only problem with Romney’s plan is that no part in the U.S. constitution stipulates that English must be the primary language of a territory before it becomes a state.”

You meant Santorum’s plan, didn’t you?

(I know, they’re kind of interchangeable, aren’t they) LOL


31 posted on 03/14/2012 2:15:21 PM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: SeekAndFind
But I'm afraid this statement ensures his defeat in Puerto Rico.

Wish those delegates would go to Newt rather than Romney, but yeah, Santorum is not going to win there after a dumb statement like this.

32 posted on 03/14/2012 2:17:09 PM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: humblegunner

What the heck is a Cholo?


33 posted on 03/14/2012 2:18:36 PM PDT by cll (I am the warrant and the sanction)
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To: SeekAndFind

While I strongly support English as a REQUIREMENT for US Citizenship in the 50 states (not sure about the other 7) and one who is very annoyed that people will come here and make no attempt to learn English, I found on my recent trip to PR it was no problem getting around via English only.

The vast majority of people I dealt with were bilingual and at no time acted like the snobby French when they were required to deal in their non-native language. Kudos to the people of PR.


34 posted on 03/14/2012 2:20:53 PM PDT by Wurlitzer (Welcome to the new USSA (United Socialist States of Amerika))
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To: winner3000
Rick helps him by talking about something that is not even on the radar screen of the electorate. WTF?

Raising tangential issues like this is pretty much Lil' Ricky's MO.
35 posted on 03/14/2012 2:23:27 PM PDT by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: cll

Somebody who ought to be speaking English.


36 posted on 03/14/2012 2:23:56 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: winner3000

“At a time when Obama’s greatest vulnerabilities are the economy, his leftist hyper-partisanship, and his disregard for the Constitution, Rick helps him by talking about something that is not even on the radar screen of the electorate. WTF?”

That’s how he rolls. (At least, thus far - contraception diversion being one example.)


37 posted on 03/14/2012 2:24:11 PM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: SeekAndFind
But I'm afraid this statement ensures his defeat in Puerto Rico.

It may. But it is going to win him votes in places which have a lot more delegates than Puerto Rico. See my link in item #4.


Seven reasons for Rick Santorum


  1. Who has won the most states without the benefit of their own money, last election's organization or a billionaire casino sugar daddy?
  2. Who is everybody's second choice when he isn't their first?
  3. Who can get both the Romney people and the Gingrich people, who hate each other, to vote for him?
  4. Who has the best record on immigration?
  5. Who has the best plan for repealing ObamaCare? And is the only GOP candidate who didn't help write or approve legislation which helped spawn this fiasco?
  6. Who has the best plan for expanding the American economy and strengthening American families?
  7. Who is the closest thing we have to the "generic Republican" which polls show consistently beating Obama and is most likely to make the election about Obama's sorry record rather than about himself?

38 posted on 03/14/2012 2:24:51 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Lurking Libertarian

“Actually, I misremembered the results of the last plebiscite”

You mean you forgot the last public vote? LOL


39 posted on 03/14/2012 2:28:03 PM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: DannyTN

You are wrong. Puerto Rico wants to become a State. They have a GREAT REpublican Governor now who has turned things around. He told us not to be afraid of a Puerto Rican State, you know, because we just figured it would be another Blue State. It’s worth a watch. If you haven’t heard about the new young Governor...check him out. He’s very charasmatic!


40 posted on 03/14/2012 2:31:14 PM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesH)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sounds like a dumb thing to say to a Spanish-speaking island, especially if you want their votes. My husband has family there. They all speak English. The governor is conservative.


41 posted on 03/14/2012 2:33:31 PM PDT by jersey117 (The Stepford Media should be sued for malpractice)
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To: DannyTN

Why the hell do any of the non-American territories receive delegates to help crown OUR nominee? Just shows you that BOTH parties have swallowed “progressivism” whole. Bob


42 posted on 03/14/2012 2:34:40 PM PDT by alstewartfan ( 27 of 36 Romney judicial appointments were DEMOCRATS!!!!!)
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To: llandres

I don’t live in Puerto Rico. I remembered that, the last time Puerto Rico voted on this issue, statehood lost narrowly to status quo and that independence got very few votes. I was off by a few percentage points, so I corrected my post. Glad you find that funny.


43 posted on 03/14/2012 2:35:01 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: jersey117

SOMEONE had better start speaking the friggin’ truth, b/c Balkanization destroys nations everywhere it’s been tried. Bob


44 posted on 03/14/2012 2:36:20 PM PDT by alstewartfan ( 27 of 36 Romney judicial appointments were DEMOCRATS!!!!!)
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To: alstewartfan

Puerto Rico is the least of our problems if you want to talk Balkinization.


45 posted on 03/14/2012 2:40:15 PM PDT by jersey117 (The Stepford Media should be sued for malpractice)
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To: SeekAndFind

Please Rick, don’t make me have to hold my breath like Americans must with Biden—in hopes that you won’t inexplicably blurt out something bizarre in public. Please don’t be that guy.


46 posted on 03/14/2012 2:40:31 PM PDT by Miss Behave (All ways, always.)
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To: nagdt

PR might not like what he said (I’m not sure they have a problem with it either) but it’ll play well with the base here in the states.


47 posted on 03/14/2012 2:43:22 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: SeekAndFind

“On second thought, what’s still keeping Puerto Rico from declaring independence?”

Because they are a parasite with the US being its host. More ‘unemployment’ are filed in PR than any other state. Can you smell fraud? Obummer would love to have them as a state.


48 posted on 03/14/2012 2:48:29 PM PDT by doc
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To: Miss Behave
He was obviously responding to a specific question. Of course, the question is never presented, just the response - as if he 'blurted' something offensive for no reason.

Besides, I like someone who gives plain unscripted answers, don't you?

49 posted on 03/14/2012 2:50:05 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: humblegunner
Cholos ought to speak English then.

That just plain ignorant. Get your slurs right.

50 posted on 03/14/2012 2:50:31 PM PDT by TankerKC (Welcome to the age of "I Meant to Do That" Diplomacy)
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