5 GOP candidates agree to Univision boycott over ethics allegation
October 5th, 2011
12:02 PM ET
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5 GOP candidates agree to Univision boycott over ethics allegation

(CNN) – Five Republican presidential candidates are boycotting a proposed Univision debate because of what they say were unethical reporting practices by the Spanish-language network in how it handled a story concerning Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.

Univision Tuesday denied allegations that it told Rubio it might not broadcast a story about his brother-in-law's 24-year-old drug conviction if the freshman senator appeared on "Al Punto," one of the network's news programs. Univision has called the allegations "absurd" and says its July story of the drug bust was reported fairly and accurately.

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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Jon Huntsman • Marco Rubio • Michele Bachmann • Mitt Romney • Rick Perry
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. YOU Decide 2012: A bankrupt socialist welfare country or a thriving capitalist super power

    NO MORE DEBATES!!! Can we just get on with voting Obama and the Democrats OUT??? I just can't take another year of Obama lies and smears and fraud.

    October 5, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    YOU Decide wrote:
    Can we just get on with voting Obama and the Democrats OUT??? I just can't take another year of Obama lies and smears and fraud.
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    I believe your suffering is genuine. I also believe your monsters are imaginary. Besides, you cannot vote until the Republican makes your mind for you.

    October 5, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    Running away from the problems Red Flag these 5 not eligible for president

    October 5, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. gt

    that democratics hope is hispanics have no brain and cant think... if they have a 401 k....they will wake up..or no job..

    October 5, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    NO MORE DEBATES!!!
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    Shockingly, I agree 100% with you. I'm tired of hearing the same lame talking points over and over followed by the relentless Obama bashing. If you can't take another year of Obama, you can't fathom what it was like to endure 8 full years of Bush.

    October 5, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    The TRUTH hurts doesn't it?

    Go Univision! Rubio is a fraud just like ALL the other clowns running in that party.

    October 5, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. Woman In California

    Since WE out in California get to the Boards late – let me also say:

    THANK YOU TO THE PEOPLE OF WEST VIRGINIA. This makes my day.
    Get ready GOP there is more to come.

    October 5, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Wouldn't it be nice to see candidates participate in debates sponsored by the other party? I think they should be forced to do it. It would be the only way to get the tough questions asked and the tough answers revealed.

    Sure, the host party can try to ask some partisan questions to score some political points, but they would be foolish to attempt it.

    I think the timing is bad for Univision because of the changes in the primary schedule. If the candidates do not wish to debate on your network, then host a counter debate with top Democrats on their stance on some current issues.

    October 5, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. PAST THE "AMERICAN JOBS ACT" NOW!!!!!!!

    Bravo! Univision time to put these far right nuts in their place. The Republican Tea Party talk about Latino community like a dog and now is scared to answer their concerns. Plus Rubio thinks social security has made Americans weak. What a nut!

    October 5, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. Republicans - "The Not Intended to Be Factually Accurate" Party

    Ethics and Republican politicians in the SAME sentence? I don`t think so!

    So these candidates are in favor of censoring the "free press" when it serves their selfish needs, is that it?

    Look,

    1) claims of a "deal with Rubio" aren`t their business.
    2) If the man was guilty, there`s nothing wrong with the report. Since the GOP is loathed to criticize police, they can`t possibly assert the man is innocent.
    3) It`s Rubio`s "in-law" – so what`s the BIG deal? Marco isn`t responsible for his actions.
    4) Instead of using this ruse to hide from Latino journalists, issues & voters, the GOP would be smart to show some respect to this important block of citizens. Sure there maybe so tough questions but when you demonize a group of people like the way that have hispanics, you`ve got to take your lumps.

    These GOP`ers think they can extort favorable media treatment in exchange for debate participation. Sorry folks, that sends the wrong message.

    October 5, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. walter

    You can t handle the Truth Rubio! A little Salt in the wound!

    October 5, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. Teabug

    Yup the "big tent" party strikes (out) again.
    The GOTP's fear and hatred of the Latinos in this country is obvious: AL AZ GA
    Alienating the fastest growing portion of the US population is the best way to make that party extinct; keep driving towards the cliff GOTP!

    October 5, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    Fakers. Rubio needs an excuse not to go on there and tell fellow hispanics why he supports people who are trying to attenuate minority voter turnout to help their chances in 2012....and the GOP candidates are all just lilly livered chickensh-ts to begin with anyway. I can just imagine how fun it would be to watch them flounder to support their voter ID laws and restrictions on registration drives, etc., after reading them the results of the Brennan Center study that the MSM is so carefully avoiding reporting on. "Candidate X, please explain to us your previous commentary about the necessity for voter ID laws and highly restrictive voter regristration procedures in light of the facts that (a) there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever of pervasive voter fraud occurring and (b) this study that shows that such laws enacted by GOPers around the nation this year threaten to disenfranchise approximately 5,000,000 youth, minority and poor voters."

    October 5, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |