Jumat, 16 Maret 2012

Romney Will Back Puerto Ricans� Desire for Statehood, and don�t worry about that English thing

Mitt Romney avoided the pitfall that trupped up Rick Santorum earlier in the week who insisted that Puerto Rico must make English the official language.

ABC News reports landing in Puerto Rico on the eve of the island�s weekend primary, Mitt Romney reiterated his stance on its quest for statehood, saying he would support whatever the majority of the citizens desired and would not impose preconditions on the U.S. territory should it decide to try to become a state.

�My view is that the people of Puerto Rico should have, as they will have, the opportunity to make their own wishes felt,� said Romney, who stood beside Puerto Rican Gov. Luis Fortuno as he addressed the press on a tarmac. �If a majority of Puerto Ricans wish to become a state, then I will support that effort in Washington and will help lead that effort in Washington.�

Asked whether he believed making English the official language of the territory would be necessary for it to become the 51st state � a question that plagued Sen. Rick Santorum during a trip here earlier this week � Romney said he doesn�t have �preconditions� that he would impose.

�I�ll go back to what I said before � I will support the people of Puerto Rico if they make a decision that they would prefer to become a state,� said Romney. �I don�t have preconditions that I would impose. I instead will stand and work with your governor to help carry out the will of the people of Puerto Rico.�

More here

I thought this so-called controversy was much overblown. The official language of Hawaii is both English and Hawaiian. So what would be such a stretch making English and Spanish the official language of Puerto Rico?

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