Skip to comments.Santorum says Puerto Rico would be a "Bilingual Country," with English and Spanish
Posted on 03/15/2012 1:32:55 PM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Rick Santorum came to Puerto Rico and promptly waded into the emotional debate over the role English should play in the island's future, sparking a furor that led the former Pennsylvania senator to insist his remarks were misreported.
Santorum was forced to repeatedly clarify remarks he made Wednesday, when he said English would have to be the "main language" for Puerto Rico to become a state.
"I never said only English should be spoken here. Never did I even intimate that," Santorum told local reporters gathered in El Capitolio, the island's Capitol building. "What I said was that English had to be spoken as well as other obviously Spanish is going to be spoken, this would be a bilingual country."
In an official statement as he left the island, Santorum emphasized his roots as the descendent of Italian immigrants who spoke both Italian and English when they first lived in the U.S.
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So now he wants them to be an Independent Country?
He stepped on it and I don’t think he can take it back.
It’s not a country, its a territory that can’t make up their fluking minds about what they want to be.
Because we haven’t forced them to make up their minds.
Mainlanders are startled, wonder what the president is talking about, then recollect that Puerto Ricans have to come from somewhere.
Once things get that far, people forget again for another 20 years or so.
Anyone tell me where Rick is wrong if by some bizarre chance PR wants to finally become a state they still only spoke Spanish? There would be calls of outrage by all quarters if we had an entire state in the union that didn't speak English. There is outrage now over the illegals here not speaking it.
This is more ginned up garbage by the MSM.
Maybe he can do the same for us here in Texas. Around here there seems to be a push for one language-only(Spanish).
Exactly, we don’t need a “Quebec” on our hands.
The MSM & some on this forum seem to be coordinating their talking points!!
Idiot Santorum has never known in his vacant mind Puerto Riceños do not want to become a State. Good for them.
[ Because we havent forced them to make up their minds. ]
And we have made it very comfortable for them to stay a territory....
[ Maybe he can do the same for us here in Texas. Around here there seems to be a push for one language-only(Spanish). ]
Maybe we can trade Puerto Rico for Texas....
The thing is, even if we granted them independence, how are you suddenly going to take away their US Citizenship? And even if you could, how many would pack up their bags and move to the mainland to keep their Citizenship?
Nope. He should've left that issue alone. His Italian ancestry has nothing to do with Puerto Rico's founding by Spaniards. It won't endear him to Puerto Ricans living in the states, either. Most of whom do speak English but who won't take kindly to his suggestion for their homeland.
Good luck trying to find the interview transcripts from the media. I’ve tried without success but will not just accept the bastards’ word for it.
Oh my, when will Rick learn to be PC. Oh sure, people say they don’t want another scripted politician but look at the chaos with every possible opportunity to blow up some line from his speech.
No Rick, they say they don’t want another slick politician but like any other pol you need to read between the lines and only regurgitate approved talking points. Because that’s exactly what they want.
At one of the debates, Rick welcomed a supporter from Puerto Rico, someone in government or from some Puerto Rican lobby group. He has close ties with Puerto Rico.
English is already an official language in Puerto Rico, albeit one of two (along with Spanish). The same, incidentally, was true of California when it was admitted to the Union in 1850.
There is virtually no support on Puerto Rico for independence. The last time the island's status came up for a vote, independence got 2.5% of the votes. The real dispute is between the Commonwealth status quo (which got about 50% of the vote last time) and statehood (about 47%). Incidentally, on Puerto Rico, it is the Republicans who favor statehood and the Democrats who favor the status quo.
This is why the media has built this man up because compared to Romney being with flaws, Rick’s idiocy trumps that ( and the media says Palin is dumb) Even Palin will not be able to motivate the base for Rick or Romney. People are beginning to get sick of both of these 2 losers.
Good to know. But wouldn’t it be great if the media reported on that instead of some sound bite they could pounce on.
It just frustrates me that with all the newsworthy parts of a speech, they wait for something they can use against him. They did the same thing with Sarah, ignored all the fabulous points she made and tried to pounce on some out-of-context line. And I don’t buy the “man bites dog” crap, it’s simply political activism by the media.