White House weighs in on Puerto Rican statehood vote
December 5th, 2012
10:04 PM ET
1 year ago

White House weighs in on Puerto Rican statehood vote

San Juan, Puerto Rico (CNN) – After more than 800,000 Puerto Rican voters said they want the island to become the 51st U.S. state, the White House is calling on lawmakers to take action.

"Congress should now study the results closely, and provide the people of Puerto Rico with a clear path forward that lays out the means by which Puerto Ricans themselves can determine their own status," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters this week.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Deb in MT

    We could swap out Texas or South Carolina for Puerto Rico, and then we wouldn't need to add a new star on the flag!

    December 5, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  2. gypsydaveywithablowtorch

    Oh yeah! We can keep the same number of stars on the flag after Texas succeeds.

    December 5, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  3. Ed1

    Why not your lordship has done everything else to control this country.

    December 5, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  4. Kevin

    If that is what the Puerto Rican people want, then yes they should become a state.

    December 5, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  5. Gordie Gordon

    Let the Puerto Ricans to take over one of our states and we will take over their country, as long as we don't have to have any of the US Federal Government's rules and regulation.

    December 6, 2012 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  6. Chris

    The GOP have already announced their opposition to PR's statehood, because if it did become a state, their seat's in Congress would mostly likely go to Democrats, and thus weaken the power and control of the Republicans.

    The Republican keep opposing things not because they are right or wrong, but simply based on how they will affect the Republican Party.

    December 6, 2012 06:33 am at 6:33 am |