Romney stakes opposition to Santorum over language issue
March 15th, 2012
02:43 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney stakes opposition to Santorum over language issue

(CNN) – Mitt Romney on Thursday staked out some distance between himself and rival Rick Santorum on the issue of Puerto Rico's official language.

Santorum stood by his the assertion he made Wednesday that "English needs to be the principal language" for the territory to be considered for statehood.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Puerto Rico • Rick Santorum
March 15th, 2012
01:21 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum stands by English condition for Puerto Rico statehood

(CNN) – Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum on Thursday defended a condition he said Puerto Rico must meet to be eligible for statehood: "English needs to be the principal language."

Campaigning in the territory ahead of their Sunday primary, Santorum had on Wednesday said, "There are other states with more than one language, like Hawaii, but to be a state of the United States, English must be the principal language."
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Filed under: 2012 • Puerto Rico • Rick Santorum
March 15th, 2012
08:47 AM ET
3 years ago

Puerto Rico official: Santorum's view is narrow

(CNN) - The sole Congressional member from Puerto Rico on Thursday hit back against Rick Santorum's call for English to become the official language of the U.S. territory as a requirement for statehood.

"Santorum's view is narrow and a limiting view of what America is all about," Pedro Pierluisi, a Democrat, said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" "English is the predominant language in the U.S. and will continue to be so, whether Puerto Rico becomes a state or not."
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Filed under: 2012 • Latinos • Puerto Rico • Rick Santorum
Santorum says Puerto Rico must adopt English for statehood
March 14th, 2012
05:47 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum says Puerto Rico must adopt English for statehood

(CNN) – Rick Santorum on Wednesday laid out one caveat he would hold for the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico before it obtained statehood, saying the island would need to make English its principal language before it becomes a state.

Santorum portrayed the language requirement as a matter of federal law, though no language provision currently exists for territories seeking statehood. In the past, territories seeking admission to the United States have been required to adopt English as the language of state government.
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Filed under: 2012 • Puerto Rico • Rick Santorum
Puerto Rico gov backs Romney
January 27th, 2012
04:23 PM ET
3 years ago

Puerto Rico gov backs Romney

Cape Canaveral, Florida (CNN) - Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuno has endorsed Mitt Romney, in a boon to the GOP candidate's efforts to woo Florida's Latino voters ahead of Tuesday's primary.

Puerto Rico's top official will campaign with Romney at an event Friday evening in Orlando.
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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Mitt Romney • Puerto Rico
Obama has political reasons for quick visit to Puerto Rico
June 14th, 2011
12:44 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama has political reasons for quick visit to Puerto Rico

(CNN) – President Barack Obama made a rare presidential visit to Puerto Rico on Tuesday, greeting a cheering crowd to start a five-hour trip aimed as much at Puerto Ricans on the mainland as those on the island.

The roughly 4 million residents of the U.S. Caribbean territory are American citizens but can't vote for president, while the almost 5 million Puerto Ricans living in the 50 U.S. states have full voting rights, and Obama needs strong support in 2012 from what traditionally has been a largely Democratic constituency.

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Filed under: President Obama • Puerto Rico
Obama has political reasons for a quick visit to Puerto Rico
June 13th, 2011
07:09 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama has political reasons for a quick visit to Puerto Rico

(CNN) – President Barack Obama makes a rare presidential visit to Puerto Rico on Tuesday, spending about five hours there on a trip aimed as much at Puerto Ricans on the mainland as those on the island.

The roughly 4 million residents of the U.S. Caribbean territory are American citizens but can't vote for president, while the almost 5 million Puerto Ricans living in the 50 U.S. states have full voting rights, and Obama needs strong support in 2012 from what traditionally has been a largely Democratic constituency.

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Filed under: President Obama • Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico governor announces Obama visit
May 24th, 2011
02:10 PM ET
4 years ago

Puerto Rico governor announces Obama visit

(CNN) - President Barack Obama has accepted an invitation to make an official visit to Puerto Rico, the U.S. commonwealth's governor said Tuesday.

"With his visit, President Obama fulfills his commitment he made during the presidential primaries of 2008, to return to Puerto Rico as president," Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuno said in a statement.

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Filed under: President Obama • Puerto Rico
June 1st, 2008
03:14 PM ET
7 years ago

CNN projects Clinton wins Puerto Rico primary

Clinton wins Sunday's vote by a wide margin, according to exclusive CNN exit polls.


Filed under: Puerto Rico
June 1st, 2008
10:36 AM ET
7 years ago

Puerto Rico kicks off final week of primaries

Sen. Hillary Clinton greets patrons Sunday at a San Juan, Puerto Rico, bakery.
Sen. Hillary Clinton greets patrons Sunday at a San Juan, Puerto Rico, bakery.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton is wrapping up two weeks of campaigning in Puerto Rico on Sunday as voters on the island territory kick off the final week of the primary season.

Puerto Rico has 55 delegates at stake, and polls show Clinton with a comfortable lead over Sen. Barack Obama.

According to a survey conducted for the newspaper El Vocero and Univision, Clinton is leading Obama there 51 percent to 38 percent among all adults in the primary.

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