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Friday, September 07, 2007

Should GOP Debate in Spanish?

The Herald published an editorial today lamenting GOP presidential candidates' lack of participation in upcoming debates hosted by Univision.

I agree. Too bad that the GOP candidates (save John McCain) didn't accept the invitation to participate in a debate to be watched by millions of Hispanics nationwide. They're missing an opportunity to present a reasonable, sensible alternative to the usual Democratic pandering of Hispanics nationwide (of course, when Republicans do this, Democrats call it pandering. Go figure).

They're missing an opportunity to show their conservative ideals to a group of people that deep inside are quite conservative, especially when it comes to social issues.

One can argue that Hispanics, like blacks, will always lean Democrat, so why should the GOP bother?

Here's why they should bother:

By not taking part in the Univision debates, the GOP candidates, above all, are missing an opportunity to finally explain to misled and misinformed Hispanics across the USA that conservatives aren't anti-immigrant. They are ANTI ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. They could spell this out in clear Spanish (via translators) so that once and for all, alarmists and troublemakers will sound stupid for parroting the rhetoric that Republicans and conservatives are bigots for wanting to enforce immigration laws.

That right there is worth the trouble to head down to Miami and debate in Spanish.

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Blogger Henry Gomez said...

Why doesn't Univision simply simulcast one of the debates in English with a slight delay and real-time translation?

But I think many of the Republicans have made a huge mistake with regards to Hispanics. I think Hispanics tend to be socially conservative and the GOP was making big inroads with Hispanics until the Tancredo's of the world began getting their 15 minutes of fame.

10:32 PM, September 09, 2007  
Blogger Robert said...

Good point Henry, but we all know that Univision wants to make the big splash and do a special debate in Spanish just for them.

You're right about Tancredo and folks like him on the right. They have no clue, which is sad because so many on the other side who also have no clue point to Tancredo as representative of all conservatives.

11:22 AM, September 10, 2007  

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