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Was Santorum Right to Say Puerto Ricans Should Speak English?

Or did GOP hopeful know that it's not a condition of statehood?

GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum caused a maelstorm this week when he said that Puerto Ricans should adopt English as their official language if they desire statehood.

He repeatedly said that making English an official or primary language is a condition of statehood, though there is no official law that says so. During interviews he gave while in Puerto Rico, Santorum was adamant that English should be the main language of the island territory if it wishes to become a state.

His remarks were criticized by Puerto Ricans and some analysts question whether his statements will hurt his chances in Sunday's Puerto Rican caucuses, where 23 GOP delegates are up for grabs.

But Santorum supporters say most people believe English should be the official language and that he was just voicing what many already believe.

What do you think?

Hotpep March 18, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Wow, no comment from Mr. Vellon....Oh that's right the BOE had no response !!!!!
John Fonseca March 18, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Regarding the specific situation at the DD, rest assured that idiocy comes in all languages. I'm sure we've all encountered this kind of thing with English speakers. By the way, I hope your friend was ok. As for Spanish speakers being special, they don't have a different set of rules. If you look at any insular immigrant community, such as Korean, Chinese, Polish, or Russian ones, you'll find not a lot of English speaking going on. That said, I'm all for English speaking Americans. Even though I don't bank with them, I like Chase ATMs because picking a language is optional. It defaults to English. Half of my family came here from Cuba in the midst of the revolution and they knew English and were able to assimilate pretty well.
Belleville Sentinel March 19, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Santorum's comments on this matter are among the many reasons why, if he becomes the republican candidate for President, will lose to President Obama in the same ignominious fashion he lost his Senate re-election bid in 2006 (by only 18%) to Bob Casey. Once the public at large learns of his steadfast opposition to abortion, even in cases of rape and incest, saying on record that "women need to make the best out of a bad situation" in such instances, he may become as famous for his inevitable Presidential loss as he currently is when you Google "Santorum".
Eddie March 19, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Great to see the people of Puerto Rico voting against this ridiculous proposition by giving Santorum just 8% of the vote, his lowest turnout by far in the primary season. They get the final say.....
carolynn mincin March 19, 2012 at 12:59 PM
You are soooooo right. If you want to accept what American Tax Payers provide, then show some respect and learn the language. No English, no freebies!

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