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Rick Santorum Wants An English-Only Puerto Rico

| On 20, Mar 2012

When I first heard this news, I was so confused.

Rick Santorum recently made comments about the language of choice in Puerto Rico ahead of the GOP primary on the island last Sunday.

In so many words, Santorum wanted an English-only Puerto Rico if they decide to become a U.S. state in November. The U.S. territory will vote at that time to choose either statehood, independence, or no change.

When Puerto Ricans on the island heard of his plans, they were outraged. As you may know, the territory conducts much of its business in Spanish. Santorum would later go on to clarify his remarks saying that he didn’t mind Spanish being spoken, but that English should be the unifying factor.

The part of Santorum’s “idea” that threw me for a loop is figuring out how an island full of people will wake up one day and .. **BOOM** .. begin to magically speak English. Can you imagine someone’s 83-year-old “Abuela” sounding out her numbers in English for the first time, per a government request?

Maybe Santorum meant he wanted to “phase in” English? Or, maybe I’m just giving him too much credit? Learning a language is hard enough with years of training. Santorum is expecting linguistic miracles at this point.

Santorum’s push against all things Spanish-speaking is weird considering how he and the other candidates, especially Romney, have been trying to court the Latino vote.

So, Santorum paid the price at the polls last Sunday for his comments. Voters punished him in the primaries when they overwhelmingly chose Mitt Romney by an 83-8 percent margin.

Los puertorriqueños no te gustan, Rick Santorum. Pobrecito.

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ANSWER IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW:

If Puerto Rico were to one day become the 51st state in the union, do you think its citizens should be required to speak English?

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