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Univision Debate Highlights

December 10, 2007

Here are Ron Paul’s answers to the questions he was permitted to answer during the Republican Debate in Miami. It was moderated by newscasters from Univision and broadcast in Spanish.

1. What are Republicans doing to regain lost Hispanic votes?

2. What value do you place on declaring English the official language of our country?

3. How would you stop anti-hispanic sentiment in our society?

4. How would you lead the United States while Chavez is the leader of Venezuela?

5. How much longer would troops stay in Iraq?

6. What role will Hispanics have in shaping the future of the United States?

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4 Comments
  1. rosiemolinary permalink
    December 22, 2007 3:43 pm

    I was out of the country (in Latin America!) during the debates but I am interested in hearing what you thought– I know you were nervous/ excited to see how Paul would do in front of this particular audience and with these questions.

  2. December 22, 2007 4:13 pm

    This was a tough audience for Ron Paul because of the attitude toward Chavez and Castro that many Floridians have. I was so embarrassed when they booed him for saying that every world leader deserves diplomacy and that non-intervention would be the best course in the case of Venezuela and Cuba. I know that one way to immigrate to the US is under Temporary Protection Status due to civil wars (that the US most likely funds). I don’t understand foreign policy all that well, but I’m sure that many immigrants are in the US because of the myth that they will be better off in the US than in their countries of origin. There is evidence that TPS is unfairly granted to Central Americans (due to civil strife that is directly caused by US foreign policy). When the earthquake in Peru occurred I know that Peruvians here illegally were hoping to apply for TPS and get amnesty, even if they had come into the US years ago and didn’t live anywhere near Chinca. It makes me sick that our immigration laws can be manipulated like that.

    I think Ron Paul is not anti-immigration, but maybe they tried to paint him into a corner. I couldn’t believe that the moderator called him “John Paul” and then winked at him. Generally, I think he did really well at this debate, but I was disappointed that he was not treated with more respect. I think they should have gotten an answer from each candidate on each question instead of skipping over some of them.

    Rosie, do you have any insights into how Latinos perceive Ron Paul?

  3. rosiemolinary permalink
    December 23, 2007 1:05 am

    The perception I’ve heard on Paul from Latinos has been similar to the reaction non-Latinos have had– some very excited, some very tentative, some curious, some confused. There are several Latino politica blogs that I have come across– all with very different viewpoints– that might be interesting to check out, especially as primary season unfolds.
    http://www.latinopoliticsblog.com
    http://hispanicpundit.com
    http://lapoliticablog.wordpress.com
    are just three that represent different viewpoints.

  4. December 23, 2007 10:28 am

    Interesting links! Thank you. πŸ˜›

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