Republicans pandering to Hispanics?

Thursday, February 14, 2013
Chad Groening (

An advocate for official English in the United States says GOP Senator Marco Rubio's Spanish and English response to the president's State of the Union address pandered to Hispanic-Americans.

The Republican senator was tabbed by House Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Kentucky) to deliver the response to the president's State of the Union address because he is considered a rising star in the GOP. But party leaders also hope that Rubio, who is of Cuban heritage, will help make inroads with Hispanic voters, who went heavily for Obama in last year's election.

Mujica, Mauro (U.S. English)Mauro Mujica is chairman of U.S. English, an action group on the issue of making English the official language of the United States. He tells OneNewsNow that Rubio speaking Spanish is not going to woo many Hispanics to vote Republican.

"It's all part of a pandering to Hispanics, because for some stupid reason, the GOP decided that the Hispanics don't speak any English, when most Hispanics who are here legally speak very good English," Mujica comments. "The Hispanics who really do not speak good English are the illegals who don't vote anyway."

Moreover, he deems it is outrageous that the party is only pandering to Hispanics.

"What about the Chinese, or the people who speak other languages? I don't think [Republicans are] going to get anymore Hispanic votes because they're translating, and, by the way, insulting those Hispanics like myself who speak good English," the English advocate submits. "Why does he need to translate for me?"

Mujica, who is a native of Chile, adds that Rubio's pandering to Hispanics ties into his agenda to give amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.

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