[lg policy] Florida: Say It Ain ’t So: Marco Rubio Panders in Two Languages

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jun 27 14:34:33 UTC 2009

Say It Ain’t So: Marco Rubio Panders in Two Languages

Written by Kenneth Quinnell on 26 June 2009 — Leave a Comment

Apparently, Rubio’s strategy for winning the U.S. Senate seat being
vacated by Mel Martinez is to pander to voters in both English and
Spanish. Rubio is playing on his Spanish-speaking heritage to win him
votes while at the same time championing the move to make English the
official language of the U.S., a policy proposed and pushed solely by
anti-immigrant/anti-Hispanic and Latino conservatives. He is
apparently also saying different things to English-speaking audiences
and Spanish-speaking audiences:

Rubio’s hard-line immigration position has helped win him the support
of right-wing Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) who called Rubio “a real diamond
in our own back yard.” Meanwhile, Miami blogger Kyle Munzenrieder
pointed out that Rubio must be hoping to “appeal to Florida’s Hispanic
voters simply because he is Hispanic,” as his positions are not in
line with the interests of the Hispanic and immigrant communities.
Munzenrieder reminds readers that Rubio has also been accused of
sending English- and Spanish-speaking voters conflicting messages:

“Great Marco, just about everyone names is spelled the same in English
in Spanish. Good for you. We just wish your politics were the same in
both languages. Unfortunately, what you say to your English-speaking
supporters isn’t always what you say to your Spanish-speaking

Munzenrieder is referring to critics who have accused Rubio of
resorting to “hateful fear-mongering” when discussing the Obama
administration in Spanish and taking a more “neutral” tone in English.
Chances are Rubio probably hasn’t mentioned his pro-English position
nor Demint’s endorsement to the Spanish-language media.


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