Santorum says English is ‘condition’ for statehood

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March 16, 2012

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Rick Santorum says making English an official language should be a “condition” of statehood for Puerto Rico.

Santorum said Thursday that the island would also have to make sure English is spoken “universally.”

The Republican presidential candidate told a Puerto Rican newspaper in an interview this week that English would have to be the “main language” if Puerto Rico were to become a state.

Santorum was in the capital of San Juan to campaign for the island’sGOP presidential primary Sunday.

Puerto Rico is set to hold a referendum on statehood in November. Whether to become the 51st state is the critical issue for this U.S. territory, which does not have full voting rights in Congress.

The island’s Republican governor, Luis Fortuno, backs statehood and supports Santorum rival Mitt Romney

2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Rattlerjake says:

    Hell no! It’s time to cut this island loose. The US has maintained it for too long as a territory, and we, the taxpayers are footing the bill for their benefits that they pay nothing into. Let them establish their own government and sovereignty.

  • Jan Kelley says:

    Good statement, wish he would back it up with action. This is American and English is our Official language.

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