Univision Debate Boycott
October 6, 2011 by staff
Univision Debate Boycott, Florida Senator, Marco Rubio, was released to bright light national Republican presidential politics Wednesday – and not just because it is a potential short-lister for the ticket for vice president.
General Rubio was relatively eloquent words on Wednesday when asked about his role in the decision of almost all the major Republican candidates to boycott a presidential debate sponsored by Spanish language media giant Univision because of allegations that he tried to Rubio pressure in one sitting for an interview.
“I think it’s unfortunate. All this is really something that I can not even comment,” Rubio said in an interview with Major Garrett National Journal in Washington Ideas Forum, an event with some of the biggest names in bold in the country , including the current vice presidents and higher.
“I did not want to comment on this when it happened,” Rubio said Garrett. “I think people read the articles, which speak for themselves, are accurate. I know you have to ask, but I really do not even want to deal with the whole thing. I do not really want to give him any oxygen.”
That “thing” referred Rubio is the claim that Univision sought-handed with a controversial drug raid story of a family 24 years ago. Those allegations prompted six of the Republican presidential candidates to boycott the proposed discussion of the network, originally scheduled for two days before January 31 Florida Republican presidential primary, Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman and Michele Bachmann.
The boycott was at the behest of the three Florida legislators Hispanic Republican campaigns alerted to reports that the senator’s office and connoisseurs of Univision said the network broadcast an embarrassing story about Rubio, the brother-in Law because it sat for an interview on “Al Punto,” which has embraced a liberal line on the hot topic of immigration.
Univision personalities Jorge Ramos, and have advocated the DREAM Act, which would allow some children of illegal immigrants to become U.S. residents legalized. Rubio has repeatedly declined to appear on “Al Punto”, home to Ramos.
Univision has called the accusations “absurd” and said the story July drug raid 24 years old, was reported fairly and accurately.
In the heart of the dispute with the network Rubio, however, is immigration, a politically sensitive issue for Republican presidential candidates, and Rubio had to contend with on Wednesday.
He faced tough questions, especially about how to help children of certain illegal immigrants with college tuition. It is an area which was relatively quiet, and when he talked about it, he repeats what he said Wednesday in an interview with Garrett.
“Americans want a system that is faithful to our heritage of immigrants, but we also want a system that is faithful to our heritage as a nation of laws,” he said. “And find a way to accomplish those two things is a problem.”
Immigration reform should be the domain of federal government, said Rubio, and for Republicans to address the problem adequately, the Republican Party can not be “anti-immigration party illegal.”
“We have to be the party in favor of legal immigration,” he said. “We must be the party that advocates a system of legal immigration is good for Americans and honors our tradition as a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws.”
As Univision debate, Rubio said the GOP presidential candidate could easily find “alternative forums to communicate” with Spanish speakers.
“I do not think there will be a shortage of televised debates,” he said, adding jokingly, “including” Saturday Night Live “.”
But Rubio said Wednesday that he was not interested in being on the podium for vice president debate. He said he did not run for the Senate “as an opportunity to have a launching pad for other work” and that in turn to anyone who asked her to be vice president.
“Yes, I think so,” said Rubio. “I’m not going to be the candidate for vice president. I’m not focused on that. I’m focused on my job now. The answer will be, probably not.”
Then smiling, he added, saying he was “closing the door” to the question: “The answer will not be.”
He may have been reading the polls. Public Policy Polling of North Carolina, a Democratic-leaning firm, Rubio said Wednesday that the vice presidential ticket, there was no safe way to give Florida Republicans.
About 36 percent of voters say Rubio on the ticket makes them less likely to vote for the Republican Party. About 30 percent say Rubio on the ticket would increase its possibilities to support the Republican candidate. And 34 percent told pollsters they would not make a difference either way.
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