September 9th, 2007
08:07 PM ET
7 years ago

Dean blasts GOP candidates for skipping forum

Dean criticized GOP candidates for not appearing on a candidate forum on a spanish language network.

(CNN)–On the evening the Democratic presidential candidates appeared in a candidate forum on a Spanish language network, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean blasted the GOP candidates for not doing the same.

"Every Democratic candidate, through their participation at tonight's forum," the former Vermont governor said, "made it clear that the Democratic Party is the party that welcomes Hispanics and that shares their values."

"The refusal of Republican candidates to address the Hispanic community not just at this forum but in national Hispanic gatherings in recent months, speaks volumes," Dean continued in a statement released Sunday night. "Sadly it is consistent with the Republican Party's strategy to scapegoat Hispanic immigrants for political gain."

Most of the Democratic candidates appeared Sunday night on the campus of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, for a candidate forum on the Spanish language network Univision.

A similar forum with the GOP Presidential candidates was supposed to take place next Sunday night. But only one of the Republican candidates, Senator John McCain of Arizona, accepted the invitation. That forum has been cancelled, although Univision hopes it can reschedule with the Republican candidates.

– CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford

soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. b. jires, willowbend, al

    But the national language is English; why are there debates dubbed into Spanish?

    September 9, 2007 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  2. london eye, london

    But the national language is English; why are there debates dubbed into Spanish?
    Posted By b. jires, willowbend, al : September 9, 2007 9:55 pm

    As this debate is hosted and broadcast on a Spanish language network – it would be kinda dumb and insulting to not dub it in Spanish, dont u think?

    Like it or not, the Hispanic community are a major voting block. Any smart candidate will try to reach out to this bi-lingual community.

    September 9, 2007 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  3. Andrew, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Maybe Howard Dean can address some timing issues here. On 8/15 "hispanicbusiness.com" announces the debate. On 8/25 the DNC gives thirty days for the Florida Democratic Party to surrender in the primary dispute or lose their votes in the convention. On 8/31 Nevada, New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina issue the "pledge letter" asking candidates not to campaign in states scheduling primaries before 2/5/08. On 9/9 the Democratic debate takes place, inside the 30-day time window, and ensures the spike in donations which normally follows such a debate. Result? Money flows to the DNC, not individual candidates, the candidates get a final opportunity to grandstand in Florida before the thirty – day cutoff and can then appear "principled" thereafter, and the Republican candidates look bad for not participating in this fiasco. Every Democrat is happy. But it will all backfire since the Dem candidates can now only sit back and watch while the Republicans quietly saturate Florida on a personal rapport level, therby eschewing the national issues of immigration and Iraq. Howard Dean always went down fighting, but at the end of the day he always went down.

    September 10, 2007 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  4. robin c., denver, co.

    Por que lo hace usted facil para personas para no aprender ingles? Es porque usted quiere los votos ante todo?

    September 10, 2007 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  5. William Courtland (and a cat), Waterford, Ontario

    While the Partied political model might do well in a communist democracy; the capitalist/socialist nations of the democratic west will best operate when campaign ideals are set by the single individual who is to receive the cast vote.

    Parties foul a capitalist government system.

    September 10, 2007 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  6. Sandeep M

    I think Democrats were debating for presidential election in Mexico. How are you going to integrate the Hispanics in American mainstream if you don't encourage them to learn English. I will never vote for a Democrat who doesn't care to keep our national language as English.

    September 10, 2007 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  7. ThirstyJon, Freedomville, IL

    I wonder why they are not addressing the forum? Have they given reasons?

    If they just don't want to speak to hispanics they are making a mistake. But what reason have they given?

    ThirstyJon
    freedomthirst.com

    September 10, 2007 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  8. Ray, Rochester

    AND THEN WE'RE GOING TO THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!!! EAAAAAAARGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

    September 10, 2007 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  9. Ken Petress; Presque Isle, Maine

    It's understandable for Rs not to devote lots of $ to win Hispanic votes but not to spend a Sunday night is scandalous and will assure tiny Hispanic support.

    September 10, 2007 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  10. RightyTighty

    You have to scream louder and true red if you want us to hear you..

    September 10, 2007 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  11. BCNU purple state, usa

    Howard Dean.... does anyone still take this guy seriously?

    September 10, 2007 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  12. Sandra Darby, Pahrump, Nevada

    All I can say is, when you have debates in all languages, German, French, etc. then fine, have one in Spanish. This is encouraging racism. I agree with the Republicans who refuse to debate in Spanish. We are not Mexico. We are the USA and it is time our representatives remember that.

    September 10, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    Howard Dean – accusing Republicans of not caring about Hispanic people... as he (Chairman of the DNC) tells Florida Democrats they won't have a voice in the party nomination for not following HIS rules.

    I guess, Howard, the only opinion which matters is yours? What are you going to do if others disagree... SCREAM at us all?

    September 10, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. Evan Esteves, Boca Raton, FL

    Republicans have already lost Hispanic support, with their vehement opposition to ANY sort of immigration reform and the sheer racism they and their constituents (which you can obviously see by some of the comments on here) show towards us Latinos...There is obviously no need to bother with the Grand Old Perverts. (I mean come on...you guys think that all Hispanics come from Mexico...how dumb are you)

    September 11, 2007 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  15. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    When are the debates for our fine Asian, Russian, or like myself of Swedish heritage LEGAL citizens?

    Keep up the good work progressives, that's why we spend millions of tax payer dollars every year on bilingual ballots and intepreters to "help" them vote for Democrats (for the most part).

    Yaaa, I get it now..............

    September 11, 2007 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. Bill (San Diego)

    Yay Howie. You go get those nasty anti Hispanic Republicans. Lucky for us that there aren't any Hispanics in Florida or Michigan after you stripped those states of their right to have their votes count. I trust that your "All about Howie" rule number 14, forbidding the Demo's from campaigning in those states will be enforced by blacking out the debate in Florida and Michigan. Wowie Howie, you think of everything.

    September 11, 2007 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  17. rodrigo vazquez wichita , ks

    i THINK ANYBODY TO CAME TO THIS COUNTRY NEED TO LEARN ENGLISH NOT ONLY THE MEXICANS.

    THERES PEOPLE WHO THERE LEVING FOR SO LONG IN THIS COUNTRY AND ER RESINT , CITIZENS ILLEGAL FROM VIETNAM THEY NOT EVEN HOW SPEAK ENGLISH, AND YOU COME TO THIS COUTRY NEED TO LEARN ENGLISH . I'm mexican english has to be only native language.

    September 12, 2007 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |