Santorum to Puerto Rico: Speak English If You Want Statehood

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Campaigning on this island U.S. territory Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum spoke out in favor of statehood for Puerto Rico but said he also favored requiring it to adopt English as its official language. Puerto Ricans generally speak both Spanish and English.

Throughout the day, the former Pennsylvania senator was asked repeatedly about his position on the territory becoming the 51st state.

“I would support the people of Puerto Rico if they make the decisive decision to move forward with that, I would support it,” he told a group of about 50 people at a town hall meeting. “But that’s a decision the people of Puerto Rico have to make and so far they’ve chosen not to make it. And so talk to your friends, and see if you can work that out.”

Later, discussing the issue with reporters, Santorum declined to say specifically how high the percentage rate of approval would have to be in his view, but indicated that the bar would be high. “It can’t be 50 percent plus one,” he said. “It has to be a strong voice.”

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