Will the Candidates Debate Puerto Rico's Issues
by LindaSFNM, Mon May 26, 2008 at 03:58:58 PM EDT
Will the Democratic Presidential candidates debate the issues important to Puerto Rico? Puerto Rican's hope so. Univision extended an invitation with hopes the two candidates will.
Of course, Hillary Clinton immediately accepted Univision's invitation, as she has always tried to focus on the issues important to the people.
Senator Obama has indicated he is aware that voters care about issues and has signaled that he is aware that Puerto Rico has unique concerns.
Obama -- who along with rival Hillary Clinton stumped in Puerto Rico on this Memorial Day weekend before next week's Democratic primary -- vowed to help with issues ranging from new parking spaces for a veterans' hospital to ensuring that Puerto Ricans have a say over whether they participate in any future military drafts.
``I recognize that for all of you to be subject potentially to serving this country and not having a voice is a great concern,' Obama said
Senator Obama has refused to do any more debates with his Democratic opponent, Senator Clinton, ever since his Pennsylvania loss. Cancelling the one on tap for North Carolina and rejecting Indiana and Oregon. There were none for Kentucky or West Virginia either. So, Senator Obama, will you give Puerto Ricans a chance to hear you discuss the issues of concern to them in detail?
Senator Clinton Still Calling for a Debate
May 25, 2008 5:32 PM
ABC News' Eloise Harper reports: Since the Pennsylvania primary Sen. Hillary Clinton has been calling for a debate with her opponent, Sen. Barack Obama.
"I was informed that Univision will sponsor a debate between Sen. Obama and myself about the issues affecting Puerto Rico," Clinton said. "I accept that invitation. Anytime, anywhere. That is the best way for the people of Puerto Rico to have their questions asked and answered and for the rest of the United States to learn more about Puerto Rico."
So, what say you Senator Obama? Will you give Puerto Rico the chance to about the issues they care about?
Puerto Rico matters! And they know they will make a huge impact.
It is the first time in American history that Puerto Rico has experienced a serious presidential campaign. Their June 1 Primary has no history with the political media, sending beltway reporters scrambling in search of connections and good contacts on the island in case it becomes the location for the last great smackdown of the 2008 primary season.
In a cycle where so many pieces of conventional wisdom have gone out the window, it’s only fitting that Puerto Rico should play a decisive role.