I needed a break after Puerto Rico’s primaries because it got really intense on my end. I am currently taking a break and back to “work” next week.
Thanks for your consideration and patience,
The Palin Express
Kathy Lubbers Gingrich, Newt’s daughter is at the forefront of the Newt 2012 campaign. She attended several events in Puerto Rico, including a meeting with Luis Fortuño, Governor of Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rican newspaper “The Speaker” explains how Kathy Lubbers Gingrich said that Newt is the only candidate that has helped Puerto Rico in their struggle for statehood.
In a jovial tone and inserting a few words in Spanish with English, Kathy Gingrich, daughter of GOP candidate for president of the United States, Newt Gingrich, acknowledged that although “English is the language that unites states, the Constitution of the United States does not need that a state has to have English as an official language”.
“He supports and understands (the use of) both languages, Spanish here but perhaps in another place, another language. He’s already said that having two languages is great in terms of helping with diplomacy, business and culture,” said the eldest daughter of Republican presidential candidate.
However, he acknowledged how important is the Hispanic vote in the U.S. to win in the general election against Democrat Barack Obama.
“Unfortunately, now my father is focusing on Illinois and Louisiana; he’s there right now and my sister was born in Louisiana and earned her graduate studies there. Since I’m from Miami, to come to Puerto Rico is very nice and he thought it would be a good idea for me to represent you on the island,” said Gingrich during an interview with El Vocero.
Her title job is professional-relations. She recalled his father’s “defense of Puerto Ricans to decide their own political future.”
“In fact, he is the only person in the race who also helped with the status issue in Puerto Rico. In 1998, when he was ‘Speaker’ he devoted a lot of time to the Young Bill. Unfortunately it did not pass the Senate, but my father has a real commitment to discuss the issue, “he explained.
Over the possibility that Puerto Ricans get the presidential vote on their current territorial status, she admitted that she hasn’t heard his father talk about it, but will seek to send the message about how important is the issue for several sectors on the island.
“I think it is a very important issue and it needs to be discussed,” he said.
Gingrich insisted that his father is the best candidate for the Republican presidential nomination because when he led the Federal Chamber he achieved positive changes in the economy.
“He lowered taxes, lowered spending, balanced the budget, increased employment and reduced unemployment by 4.2 percent. However, (Rick) Santorum spent six years in the top three Republican Senate leaders and could not balance the budget, created a deficit of 1.7 trillion dollars, and then lost the Congress seat. He has no leadership skills.”
She said, “My father is the best candidate to debate with President Barack Obama and win because right now he’s debating with the president on the price of gasoline while the other candidates (Republicans) fight amongst themselves,”.
I posted this comment on HotAir because of Romney’s win in Washington and in anticipation of Super Tuesday. Frankly, the current system sucks. I am learning about it and it is a bit more complicated than the classic, old-fashioned “one person, one vote.”
Maybe Puerto Rico “does it better” when it comes to primary and the general. The one and only thing that the island needs to improve to avoid traps is to modernize the system. Other than that, I am still thankful that Puerto Rico did not vote for Barack Obama in 2008. Hillary Clinton won in a landslide. The reason for the low turnout is precisely what can the presidential candidate do for us. Add to that that as Americans, Puerto Rico cannot vote for the President in the general so that’s a big turn-off. Oh well…Puerto Rico is a Commonwealth.
I know that Puerto Rico’s GOP delegates didn’t matter, that the Clintons KNEW that the island’s delegate didn’t help, but boy oh boy I have to give it to them: They campaigned as if they still needed those votes.
If President Obama had a primary again, he’d lose Puerto Rico again in an even higher landslide, if that’s ever possible. Three to one victory for Hillary in 2008. His visit to the island last year was a total disaster, and he left with only $300,000 in Dem contributions-enough to take care of the over-used, now under-estimated Air Force One.
(Popular vote) –> (Primary vote) –> (Non-committed) –> (? delegates till FLA?) –> (Non-committed will decide) = (chaos)
I will write as if I was still living in Puerto Rico. I have no clue how is it that such a fast-moving, intelligent country such as yours can have so many divisions when it comes to primary votes.
You know where I come from, one person equals one vote and that vote counts for the primary winner; there’s no delegates involved. The people pick their candidate, at the end of the day we know who won and that person leads for the election and, if the party rules are such, that person takes over the party as their leader.
So in order to create a worse division than there already is, it helps you guys diddly squat to KNOW that the popular vote goes for one candidate whereas the actual vote cast on the ballot goes for another.
Don’t get me wrong; in Puerto Rico there’s a lamestream media and there’s conservative talk radio. We also have a stronger, divided island than this country-by far. Politics is our main sport, then the rest of the sports.
What can Americans do in order to eliminate some “red tape” when it comes to primary elections? I understand size matters, but rules are rules and can be applied to the United States, where voters can cope easier with having a primary cleaner, leaner and have their presidential goals and timelines in print, huge front and center in all the main newspapers. That way people can hold on to them accountable-especially old folks who don’t use Twitter nor Facebook. They just care about a pen, paper and numbers.
And please spare me the “Puerto Rico never had a four-way primary for one of the main parties” –> we already went through that.
If there’s two things that Obama counts on, is on him winning his re-election bid, and Alejandro García Padilla as Governor of Puerto Rico. Obama made no if’s and buts, and was very open about it. On his controversial visit to Puerto Rico there were many things that were wrong from the start.
First: Singer Marc Anthony was on the runway as part of the reception right off the Air Force One, the poor embattled, and overused aircraft. He has no business being part of the reception party, but I do believe he did help a lot with Obama’s fundraising efforts. That’s the only explanation. Here he is, with the sunglasses on the left of the picture.
Second: There was a secret meeting arranged by the PPD (Popular Democratic Party)-the left-wing party in Puerto Rico. The party’s president, Alejandro García Padilla is a senator who will run for governor in 2012. More on that later.
Third: Luis Fortuño, R-PR the current governor did follow all protocol, toured Obama the governor’s mansion and offered Obama lunch, which shows further hospitality. Obama declined, because “he had some food on the plane”. Total time of that meeting: Approximately 20 minutes.
Fourth: Obama took a different, alternate route (according to my sources) and stopped at Kasalta Bakery (where García Padilla took Hillary Clinton during the 2008 primaries). The Secret Service alerted Kasalta Bakery’s owner with five minutes ahead that Obama was coming. This happens to be a bakery of choice for occasions like these, while there are many others that have the same or higher standards than Kasalta.
Sixth: Alejandro García Padilla was waiting for him first INSIDE THE CONVOY on the vehicle BEHIND OBAMA; then AGP was dropped off at the bakery by the Secret Service and afterwards the White House photo ops were at the ready. There were official pictures of Obama meeting with Luis Fortuño at the mansion and were posted online but the famous picture that made the rounds over the world and at Drudge, is the one below-where Obama meets with the president of the opposite party, senator Alejandro García Padilla:
Seventh: Many Puerto Ricans that love the US, the American Flag and ready an event honoring the flag and Flag Day was overlooked by Obama, did not stop and greet (nor just greet) thousands of people who camped for hours. These people didn’t expect much of Obama due to his “busy calendar,” still they hoped for the best; at least a glimpse. Capitol senators were surprised that Obama did not follow proper protocol on this trip.
Eighth: A small bunch of “independentistas” part of a small party that’s faced elimination twice from Puerto Rico’s elections due to their very low percentage burned an American flag. Those YouTube video clips made the news rounds and even appeared on the Bill O’Reilly show. Why that is? Is it to anger Americans in the mainland and further seed racism towards the people of Puerto Rico who are Americans as well? In the meantime look at the angry, rabid militants that want to break free from the United States (the oppressor):
There’s more to this trip, and the chatter won’t stop in Puerto Rico for at least a week.