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Rick Santorum to Puerto Rico: Speak English

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  • Started 2 years ago by Brianl
  • Latest reply from missing_kskd

  1. Brianl

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    That's gonna piss them off. Remember, they DO vote.

    http://news.yahoo.com/santorum-doesnt-seem-mind-offending-puerto-rico-210301975.html

    Posted on March 14, 2012 - 08:20 PM #
  2. NoParty

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    Way to go Sanitarium!!!!!

    Posted on March 14, 2012 - 08:23 PM #
  3. missing_kskd

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    Hello Mr. Winner, Romney!

    Posted on March 14, 2012 - 08:24 PM #
  4. Amus

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  5. I'm not sure why we'd want to make Puerto Rico a state.

    Posted on March 15, 2012 - 07:05 AM #
  6. Brianl

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    Puerto Rico has made it clear that they don't want to be a state as well in the past. But, as a US territory, they are allowed to vote. Santorum saying this to a primarily Spanish-speaking populace is just stupid, and insulting.

    Posted on March 15, 2012 - 07:10 AM #
  7. Indeed. This should help the GOP's already glowing image with Hispanic voters.

    Posted on March 15, 2012 - 07:20 AM #
  8. Santorum is as driven by Ideology as is Obama...that is rather evident.

    Posted on March 15, 2012 - 09:43 AM #
  9. That must be it

    Posted on March 15, 2012 - 10:49 AM #
  10. outsider

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    So, how many electoral votes did Santorum lose when he opened his mouth and shoved both feet in it?

    Posted on March 15, 2012 - 12:18 PM #
  11. I’m not sure I understand the query.

    In a prospective GOP primary contest; none. I.e. Such a sentiment is exactly what the base of the Republican party loves to hear regardless of how asinine it sounds to everyone else. Red meat, etc. The statements were not actually intended for residents of Puerto Rico. Rick is talking to the base in upcoming primary contests vs. Mittens.

    Or, maybe he's just stupid. I was giving him credit for having written off that territory and was instead looking ahead. I might have been aiming too high.

    Which is the larger point; the expression of such viewpoints are politically helpful only in regard to those already whom are already most predisposed to support such a candidate in a closed primary. (Well, everywhere but Puerto Rico LOL) That same viewpoint is anathema to the general electorate and particularly poisonous in regards to Latino voters.

    The GOP is massively underwater in that index. Note: You cannot win a general election in that manner. The math does not add up.

    See also: http://feedback.pdxradio.com/topic/trms-two-fer-for-santorum

    Posted on March 15, 2012 - 02:18 PM #
  12. Brianl

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    In regards to Puerto Rico, Outsider, it probably cost him little. In the grand scheme of things, it could be much more costly.

    Keep in mind that the fastest growing ethnic population in the US, by a mile, is Hispanic. And the Hispanic people tend to be very loyal to their home, customs and culture. It's a HUGE target for both the GOP and Democrats, and Santorum coming out and saying something this asinine shoots him in the foot.

    Posted on March 15, 2012 - 03:21 PM #
  13. Notalent

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    Do they even have any Republicans in PR?

    Posted on March 15, 2012 - 03:23 PM #
  14. duxrule

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    I guess the current governor is an R, and there's even some idle chatter on Fear/Anger/Hate Radio that the guy is a contender for the VP slot on this ticket.

    Posted on March 15, 2012 - 04:08 PM #
  15. edust1958

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    Maybe the current governor could translate... Santorum to English...

    Posted on March 15, 2012 - 04:37 PM #
  16. Alfredo_T

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    This means that Santorum and like-minded people want the government to dictate what language should be used...

    Posted on March 15, 2012 - 10:17 PM #
  17. Brianl

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    It's clear that he wants English to be the "official" language of the United States. (We don't have an official language).

    Posted on March 15, 2012 - 11:09 PM #
  18. jay_zie

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    "It's clear that he wants English to be the "official" language of the United States. (We don't have an official language)."

    This is the dumbest thing I've read here. And he is stupid if he alleges he wants English to be this county's official language. Let me break it to you slowly...English has been and is the official language in the US.

    I certainly wouldn't vote for Sanitarium

    Posted on March 16, 2012 - 08:22 AM #
  19. Brianl

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    @jay_zie:

    English is the de facto national language of the United States, with 82% of the population claiming it as a mother tongue, and some 96% claiming to speak it "well" or "very well."[3] However, no official language exists at the federal level.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_the_United_States

    Several states have adopted English as their official language, but the United States of America has NO "official language".

    Posted on March 16, 2012 - 08:28 AM #
  20. Alfredo_T

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    Brian is right. When the US government was founded, there was some discussion of defining an official language, but more urgent matters prevented the founders from getting around to doing this. I find amusement in the irony that otherwise, Santorum is running on a "smaller government" platform (see http://www.ricksantorum.com/made-america for examples of some of the planks).

    Posted on March 16, 2012 - 09:57 AM #
  21. Ok Jay-Z, (Hova!)

    To recap, “the dumbest thing you’ve read here”, is a sentiment that’s 100% factually accurate but something that apparently irks you personally, ergo it’s “dumb”. Even though its, you know, TRUE.

    Got it.

    Posted on March 16, 2012 - 11:27 AM #
  22. NoParty

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    This means that Santorum and like-minded people want the government to dictate what language should be used...

    Damn those CONers for using the government for their own little causes....

    Posted on March 16, 2012 - 06:22 PM #
  23. missing_kskd

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    It seems to me, a free nation, one that recognizes the First Amendment as we do, and unalienable rights as we do, would not worry about the language.

    The language will be what the people find makes sense. English is a flexible, very expressive, and very well established language. IMHO, the only scenario where it would see a decline is one involving massive changes, or one where something better takes root.

    In both scenarios, some law we author won't have a material impact, so why bother?

    Posted on March 16, 2012 - 07:28 PM #

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