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Santorum stands by English condition for Puerto Rico statehood (Standing Firm)
CNN ^ | 03/16/2012

Posted on 03/16/2012 6:43:37 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum on Thursday defended a condition he said Puerto Rico must meet to be eligible for statehood: "English needs to be the principal language."

Campaigning in the territory ahead of their Sunday primary, Santorum had on Wednesday said, "There are other states with more than one language, like Hawaii, but to be a state of the United States, English must be the principal language."

Speaking to CNN's National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta on Thursday, he stood by his comments.

"Obviously Spanish will be spoken here on the island. But this needs to be a bilingual country not just a Spanish speaking country," he said. "Right now it is overwhelmingly Spanish speaking but it needs to have in order for it to integrate into American society, English has to be a language that is spoken here also and spoken universally."

Puerto Rico designates both English and Spanish as official languages. There is no federal law stipulating an official language, but 31 states have adopted measures and Congress has included adoption of English as a requirement for statehood in previous cases.

Voters will be surveyed on their interest in statehood in a November referendum.

Asked by a reporter if the language issue would be a deal breaker, Santorum said he considers the matter important.

"I think that would be a condition," he said. "I think it's important."

(Excerpt) Read more at politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
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1 posted on 03/16/2012 6:43:42 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I love that he is so principled. He can’t be named a flip flopper like Romney.


2 posted on 03/16/2012 6:45:42 AM PDT by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: SeekAndFind

NO STATEHOOD

not unless another, more conservative territory wants statehood too.(i cant think of any??? Guam???Samoa??? these guys are cargo cultists...and probably love the welfare state.).

2 Senators is way to many to give a liberal state without a conservative balance.


3 posted on 03/16/2012 6:46:49 AM PDT by Vaquero ("Sic semper tyrannis")
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To: SeekAndFind

Waiting for the race-baitors to come out of the woodwork on this reasonable condition for statehood.

“RS has ‘hurt himself’ with (fill in the blank) minority voters...”


4 posted on 03/16/2012 6:48:18 AM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Stop feeding the beast; spend money only with those who support traditional American values.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wow. Finally a politician with **lls. Was not exactly enthused with Santorum as the only option to stop Romney but I’m liking him more and more.


5 posted on 03/16/2012 6:48:31 AM PDT by icwhatudo
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To: SeekAndFind

I used to be tech support for a large (bell) company ,, anytime we had a switch problem in PR it was a nightmare ,, my only contact that spoke English was a secretary who understood nothing technical... There’s a reason why there isn’t one English language radio station on the island... unless it has to do with food stamps or welfare they just don’t want to understand the language.


6 posted on 03/16/2012 6:48:32 AM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: Neidermeyer

I’ve been to Puerto Rico more than once. I don’t think English is a problem. I got around pretty fine and almost everyone speaks English. What’s the big deal here?


7 posted on 03/16/2012 6:50:26 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (question)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s not going to happen. We’ve never required it before. Dumb thing to introduce.


8 posted on 03/16/2012 6:52:08 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Vaquero

RE: NO STATEHOOD

Why statehood? Just declare independence — The Republic of Puerto Rico.

The Philippines became independent over 70 years ago and their democracy is still thriving and they’re still friendly to America.

Why can’t Puerto Rico be the same?


9 posted on 03/16/2012 6:53:19 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (question)
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To: Sacajaweau

Santorum has close ties to Puerto Rico. he introduced some woman representative from Puero Rico at the Florda debate.


10 posted on 03/16/2012 6:55:42 AM PDT by Eva
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To: Sacajaweau

Santorum has close ties to Puerto Rico. he introduced some woman representative from Puero Rico at the Florda debate.


11 posted on 03/16/2012 6:55:42 AM PDT by Eva
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To: SeekAndFind

The Drudge Report says that Romney say a the the same about English in Puerto Ricow.


12 posted on 03/16/2012 6:59:21 AM PDT by Eva
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To: SeekAndFind

Why does this issue even keep coming up?

Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States. Every so often, we hear that they may want either independence or statehood. Why is it either/or? Why do they have to change their current status at all? Who is pressuring for it?

Or, why do we hear calls for statehood for Puerto Rico, but never for Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, etc. What is so special about Puerto Rico that they should be a state?


13 posted on 03/16/2012 7:02:06 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: SeekAndFind

What does this make, about fifty times this has been posted


14 posted on 03/16/2012 7:03:52 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Why does this issue even keep coming up?

Because Santorum's campaign is undisciplined. Rick is like a precocious puppy jumping at at treat, responding to whatever is asked him, without even trying to reframe the issue to his own advantage. It is distraction after distraction. Not a huge deal now, but it would be later in a general campaign.

15 posted on 03/16/2012 7:06:25 AM PDT by montag813
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To: SeekAndFind

American borders, language, culture:

Conservatives want to conserve them,
leftists want them destroyed.


16 posted on 03/16/2012 7:07:50 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: SeekAndFind
Tell it to Miami.
17 posted on 03/16/2012 7:07:57 AM PDT by ryan71 (Dear spell check - No, I will not capitalize the "m" in moslem!)
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To: Vaquero
Eastern California wants statehood. Western California wants to merge with Big China ~ Middle California wants water.

I think all ambitions can be dealt with, but it takes TWO REPUBLICAN STATES for one Democrat state this time.

18 posted on 03/16/2012 7:09:43 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Sacajaweau
It’s not going to happen. We’ve never required it before. Dumb thing to introduce.

From the article:

Congress has included adoption of English as a requirement for statehood in previous cases.

19 posted on 03/16/2012 7:09:59 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Eccl 10 v. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.)
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To: Eva
The Drudge Report says that Romney say a the the same about English in Puerto Ricow.

I hope you're typing on a cellphone...otherwise, you're gonna have one h$ll of a hangover!;-)

20 posted on 03/16/2012 7:13:52 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: SeekAndFind

>>Why can’t Puerto Rico be the same?<<
Indepencia=No mas dinero de EUUA...


21 posted on 03/16/2012 7:19:22 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (Spoiler Alert! The secret to Terra Nova: THEY ARE ALL DEAD!!!)
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To: montag813
The liberal media is playing you for a fool.

Because Santorum's campaign is undisciplined. Rick is like a precocious puppy jumping at at treat, responding to whatever is asked him, without even trying to reframe the issue

This is what you are doing to the bones the media is throwing out about the candidate they fear most.

22 posted on 03/16/2012 7:19:37 AM PDT by .30Carbine
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To: MrB

Puerto Rico should be a nation standing upon its own.

Citizenship to all born there or anyone wishing to change their citizenship from US to PR. No dual citizenship. Should have its own currency.

(Same should be offered to Guam and other protectorates.)

They are proud of who they are and should be thusly honored and take their rightful place in the community of nations.


23 posted on 03/16/2012 7:22:06 AM PDT by Surrounded_too
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To: napscoordinator; All
"I love that he (Santorum) is so "principled".
He can’t be named a flip flopper like Romney."


24 posted on 03/16/2012 7:24:38 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: SeekAndFind

While I am a 100% died in the wool English as the official language of the USA this is a stupid issue to bring up now in regards to Puerto Rico.

The media will do the muslim in chiefs bidding and use this devisive issue to shave points away from the GOP even if Rick is not the final candidate.

He is wasting precious political capital on an issue which was not on the radar screen.

The issues which need to be fought for are:

Economy, gas prices, economy, drilling, economy, defeat of obomination care, economy, vowing to restore the federal government to its limited constitutional limits and restoring the supremacy of US Citizens over that government, and of course the economy.

I would also like to see one or more of the candidates state the 100% provable fact that the economy started to go in the tank ONLY after we lost the house and senate and has started to come back, albeit at a snail’s pace, after we won back the house. The political cowards in the GOP have just sat back and allowed this tribe of Marxist traitors to blame everything on GWB when the Progressive filth were behind this last collapse from as far back as Carter.


25 posted on 03/16/2012 7:25:00 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (Welcome to the new USSA (United Socialist States of Amerika))
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To: SeekAndFind

There are good apps for learning languages.


26 posted on 03/16/2012 7:30:52 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: musicman

Nice one, now please send us the endorsement Newt Gingrich made for the RINO traitor and Planned Parenthood awardee — Dede Scozzafava, in the 2009 special election in New York’s 23rd congressional district, over the Tea Party candidate, Doug Hoffman.


27 posted on 03/16/2012 7:32:31 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (question)
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To: musicman

I have zero problem with this as most wanted him over McCain in 2008.


28 posted on 03/16/2012 7:37:09 AM PDT by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: Wurlitzer
This is just one case in many, were Santorum is the Emperor who is wearing no clothes. And his Lemming following is deeply enamored in HOW he is wearing no clothes.
29 posted on 03/16/2012 7:38:19 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: SeekAndFind

agreed!


30 posted on 03/16/2012 7:40:02 AM PDT by Vaquero ("Sic semper tyrannis")
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To: muawiyah
Eastern California wants statehood. Western California wants to merge with Big China ~ Middle California wants water.
I think all ambitions can be dealt with, but it takes TWO REPUBLICAN STATES for one Democrat state this time.

well....there ya go!

31 posted on 03/16/2012 7:41:22 AM PDT by Vaquero ("Sic semper tyrannis")
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To: SeekAndFind; napscoordinator; All
There’s a BIG difference between a simple endorsement and the Lil’Ricky Mitt endorsement equivalent of a political "Lewinsky".
32 posted on 03/16/2012 7:41:29 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: SeekAndFind

Here’s my compromise proposition: get California to secede and form its own (liberal) nation (with the current California politicians as their new leaders, with high tariffs, and having them pay premium prices for USA products), and I’d happily let Puerto Rico in as the 50th state, English or no English! We get rid of one of the biggest liberal albatrosses around the neck of the USA, and we won’t need to change the flag. Win/Win! :)


33 posted on 03/16/2012 7:43:07 AM PDT by paladinan (Rule #1: There is a God. Rule #2: It isn't you.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

I’ve thought of something else you could do with that fork in your tagline...


34 posted on 03/16/2012 7:43:36 AM PDT by .30Carbine
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To: .30Carbine

LOL! Is that supposed to be a direct reflection of your level of maturity or intellect? (impressive!)


35 posted on 03/16/2012 7:48:40 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: musicman

AND THERE’s A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ENDORSEMENT AND FIGHTING TO STOP THE SAME MAN FROM BECOMING THE NOMINEE.


36 posted on 03/16/2012 7:51:12 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (question)
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To: RoosterRedux

LOL! I was and on top of that, I was still in bed. My phone woke me up with a stupid news alert.


37 posted on 03/16/2012 7:54:21 AM PDT by Eva
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

You might be a little hard on his followers as I am sure they like the more Conservative positions from Rick especially after, how many years, of the GOP giving Conservatives lip service.

But I have to go back to thinking how will this person perform in a debate/debates against someone with no allegiance to the truth and who hates the very core principals upon which this country was founded?

What would help any GOP candidate is to have an ear bud with Newt feeding them the proper response. Newt’s brain with the persona of a Rick or Mitt would be a game changer.

We have to remember, even though we detest just about everything obomination stands for, he is a VERY likable person and almost a Jim Jones persona and a jumbo jet filled with Race Cards.

Right now we seem to be faced with someone who has all the knowledge to be president and win in a debate or people with lessor debating skills but more likable personalities.

It takes a great deal of skill and knowledge to HONESTLY debate someone who will use every dishonest Saul Alinsky tactic in the book AND also has an appealing personality for the bubble head crowd.

How do you defeat Lies and Looks when the electorate and media are so superficial?


38 posted on 03/16/2012 7:57:17 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (Welcome to the new USSA (United Socialist States of Amerika))
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To: SeekAndFind
"What’s the big deal here?"

I don't see it either. English is pretty much the official language of anyone interested in business or bettering their lives, the world over. So I guess the big deal is just lefty media trying to trip up Santo. Good for him holding his ground.

39 posted on 03/16/2012 8:05:04 AM PDT by moehoward
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To: SeekAndFind

I agree with him. It’s a free country. People can speak whatever they want. But the schools should be in English and the official communication should be in English.

I am appalled here in CA that voting and DMV docs are in about 25 different languages. It makes me sick.

I have lived and worked in another country and guess what? Nothing was in English. And my little brain did just fine, learning the host languages. Let’s believe in the intelligence of our immigrants.

My grandparents were in their FORTIES when they finally got to America. They would sit with other immigrant couples in the evening with Scrabble and a huge dictionary, trying to improve their English.

[bleeping] GONE are those days.

When I was a teen, my parents had a housekeeper who spoke not one word of English. It’s been a few years...decades. They still have the same housekeeper. Guess what? She still does not speak a word of English. I lived in Europe for 10 years and came back pretty fluent in 2 other languages. Sheesh.


40 posted on 03/16/2012 8:09:26 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: SeekAndFind

Good for Rick. He’s right.


41 posted on 03/16/2012 8:26:54 AM PDT by DesScorp
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To: SeekAndFind

Whatever Lil’ Ricky. Might as well wash Mitt’s feet while your at it.


42 posted on 03/16/2012 8:28:01 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: SeekAndFind

What’s the big deal here?
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The attitude is the big deal ... quite simply they will never vote for statehood because it would interfere with the GIMME GIMME GIMME mentality ...


43 posted on 03/16/2012 8:38:17 AM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: Neidermeyer
I think the Puerto Ricans who want statehood probably are thinking it means more federal dollars being poured into Puerto Rico. That's what matters. Either keep the current set-up or become an independent country.

I don't see why Santorum is even talking about this. It doesn't win either Hispanic or non-Hispanic votes and just takes the focus off the harm Obama is doing to the country.

44 posted on 03/16/2012 8:56:24 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: napscoordinator

I’m so glad Rick is all over the serious issues affecting our country. Has he filled out his NCAA bracket yet?


45 posted on 03/16/2012 9:32:45 AM PDT by gura (If Allah is so great, why does he need fat sexually confused fanboys to do his dirty work? -iowahawk)
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To: DesScorp

Make English the National Language and it takes care of the whole mess we’ve gotten ourselves into with our diversity cr**.


46 posted on 03/16/2012 9:39:29 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: SeekAndFind

“Why statehood? Just declare independence — The Republic of Puerto Rico.
The Philippines became independent over 70 years ago and their democracy is still thriving and they’re still friendly to America.
Why can’t Puerto Rico be the same?”

In complete agreement.

Puerto Rico should NEVER become a state. Rather, if anything, it should be granted independence and “go its own way”.

The real question regarding Puerto Rican statehood should be, “would the USA be better off with or withOUT Puerto Rico as a state?”

I believe we would be better off withOUT the island.
Statehood for P.R.? No thanks....


47 posted on 03/16/2012 9:58:35 AM PDT by Road Glide
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